How often do you change the oil in your vehicle? Did you know that your garage door would benefit from regular preventative maintenance, as well? When you take a little time today, you can save yourself a potential headache and hefty bill tomorrow. It’s time for some fall garage prep.
Start with a good cleaning of the entire garage. Power wash the exterior of your door, or use a hose with a mild soap to remove dirt and dust. Scrub the garage floor to get rid of any fluid, dirt from the road, or oil stains. You will want to tidy up the rest of your garage and check for any mold, bugs, and damage.
Thoroughly inspect your door’s hardware. This includes the springs, rollers, pulleys, cables, track, mounting hardware, and the weather stripping. Regularly lubricating your garage door is one of the easiest ways to add years of use to your door. You should also check that your mounting hardware is tightly screwed in, and that your cables are not fraying.
Do not try to adjust cables that lift your garage door; high-tension cables can severely harm anyone who improperly tampers with them. Contact our professionals at Overhead Door Company of Des MoinesTM.
Test the door’s balance to keep your opener tuned up. Use the manual release on your door so the door can move freely. Open and close your door several times. If the door is difficult to open, is not smooth to operate, or does not stay open during this test, your door may need servicing.
Perform a reversal test if your garage door has this feature. Place a block of wood flat on the ground in the center of the door. Press a button to close the door. Your door should immediately go into reverse once it hits the block of wood. If it does not, your door will need servicing.
It’s important to perform preventative maintenance at least once per year, maybe this fall. Call us at Overhead Door Company of Des Moines™ for professional doors, assistance, and service.