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How to prevent your garage door from freezing

Garage One - Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Now that winter is upon us, dealing with snow and ice will be an ongoing battle. One of the most frustrating moments in this struggle with nature (particularly if you’re late for work) is when your garage doors freeze up. That’s why we at Garage One Inc. want to let our customers in Vaughan, Brampton and the rest of the Greater Toronto Area know these easy steps to unfreeze your door as well as a couple of tips on how to prevent it from happening in the first place.

Garageone: frozen garage door in Ontario driveway

How to unfreeze your garage door:

  1. Inspect the door carefully. Typically, freezing occurs at the bottom of the door where the moist, warm air inside your garage meets the cold, dry air outside, forming ice. Sometimes, however, ice can freeze the metal joints in your door. Be sure to note if ice has damaged any part of your garage doors and, if it has, don’t hesitate to contact Garage One 24/7 for emergency service.
  2. If your garage door isn’t damaged, but simply stuck, then try to open your door manually. Trying to open it automatically might damage your door’s motor.
  3. Once you’ve opened the door, scrape off any ice or snow. You don’t want the door to refreeze as soon as you’re gone. Removing as much moisture as possible from the area will help prevent refreezing.
  4. If you just can’t get the door to go up, you can also melt it with hot water or a hand-held heater, such as a hairdryer. Be careful, though. Any ice you melt or water you pour will eventually re-freeze.

Prevent ice from forming in the first place

Better than having an efficient way of dealing with a frozen door is to never have to deal with it at all. Here are a few tips for preventing your door from freezing:

  • Put a heater in your garage. This is probably the most reliable solution, but can be costly so it might only be worth it for people who use their garage regularly in the winter.
  • Shovel snow quickly after it’s fallen. Dealing with ice is all about dealing with moisture in all its forms. The more snow and ice you have outside and the more moisture you have inside your garage, the more likely you are to have your door freeze.
  • Get regular maintenance for your garage door. Any maintenance call will include replacing weather seals, lubricating any metal parts that move, and spotting any problem areas where moisture can collect and turn into ice.

At Garage One, we know that the best way to deal with the snow and ice of winter is to prepare for it. If you’d like any advice about how to winterize your garage doors in Southern Ontario, find out which location is nearest to you and contact us today! We’ll be happy to work with you.


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