Everyone knows that winter is the worst time to be a homeowner in the midwest. You’ve got to shovel the driveway, squeegee boot prints off your floors, and make sure that the furnace is keeping your fortress warm. The last thing you want to do is add another item to that checklist. However, we here at the Overhead Door Company of Des Moines know how important it is to put a little time into maintaining your garage door as well. Following these simple steps will ensure that everything is running smoothly for the rest of the winter months.
Grease It Up
Making sure your garage door’s moving parts – rollers, tracks, springs, and hinges – are properly lubricated is something you should it make a point to check yearly. During the winter months though, it’s imperative that you stay on top of it. The snow and slush can cause these parts to corrode which leads to more friction than your garage door can comfortably handle. Like everything else mechanical in your life, a little elbow grease – and, in this case, literal grease – can go a long way. Break out a can of WD-40 and get lubricating.
Even if your garage door is in pristine condition this winter, the accessories may not be. The cold weather can drain the battery of an outdoor keypad or remote opener at a much faster rate than during the warmer months. If you can, try to replace the batteries beforehand so you’re not fumbling around with them in a pair of gloves at the end of a long day of work.
Keep It Clean
In case you haven’t heard, wood and water aren’t the best of friends. Same goes for steel and H2O. In addition to harming the functionality, the aesthetic damage to your garage door can be considerable during the frosty months. Warping, rust, and water damage can all be prevented by washing your garage door with a mild cleaner and giving it a wipe down with a soft towel. Just make sure to save this for one of the days when you don’t have to throw a parka on to do it.
Listen to the Music
Even though your garage door may pass the eye test, it might not be functioning at its peak. Another way to ensure it’s working properly? Listen. If there are any unusual creaks, cracks, or crunches while your garage door is moving it could indicate that something is off. If something sounds jarring (or downright terrifying) call the professionals at Overhead Door Company of Des Moines immediately to take a closer look.
Know Where the Power is
Unfortunately, there will be times when you politely ask your garage door to open and it replies with a resounding “No!” In these instances, you need to know where your garage door’s power is coming from so that you can shut it down and open it manually. Make sure this cord is properly highlighted and easily accessible so that you won’t have to spend your time rummaging around the garage with a flashlight searching for it.
All of this may seem a bit over-the-top, but this small investment of your time can pay big dividends by saving you time, money, and stress later on. If you have any additional questions, or you want to set up an appointment to talk about your garage door, give Overhead Door Company of Des Moines a call.