Spring Maintenance for your Home’s Garage Door Can Prevent Costly Repairs
Spring is a great time to prepare your property for the summer. This means throwing out all the unnecessary items you’ve accumulated over the winter, opening all the windows that have been sealed up for months and doing important maintenance around your house. Alongside your other chores, be sure to remember to do some basic upkeep on your garage doors. We at Garage One would like to remind everyone in the Toronto area that a little maintenance goes a long way toward keeping your garage doors working properly.
Here are just a few things you should remember to do:
Perform a general inspection of your garage door system
Before doing anything specific to your door, you should be sure to give it a thorough inspection to find out if any damage has occurred during the winter. Are the tracks along which the door moves damaged? Are there any dents in the door itself? The expanding and contracting ice that may have collected on your garage door during the winter can cause damage where you might not expect it, so be thorough.
Wash your garage door
Not only will washing your garage door help it work more efficiently, but a quick cleaning (use a mild detergent diluted in water and a clean rag) will also help your home look its best.
Lubricate your door’s moving parts
As with any machine that has moving metal parts, the metal components on garage doors can grind one another down if they’re not properly lubricated. Be sure to check all the moving parts on your garage door and add lubrication wherever necessary. This means checking not only the wheels and track connected to the door, but also the moving joints that connect the panels of the door itself.
Check the alignment of your door’s sensors
Automatic garage doors have a variety of safety features, including sensors that let your system know if something is obstructing the closing door. These sensors can help prevent disasters if an object (or even a person) is accidentally under the door when it closes. To operate properly, the door’s sensors should be properly aligned with one another. If you’re unsure how to check your door’s sensor alignment, consult your owner’s manual.
Depending on the make and model of your garage door, there may be other essential maintenance tasks you will need to do. The easiest way to be absolutely sure that your garage doors are working properly is to contact us at Garage One in Toronto. We can send an expert out to perform basic maintenance on your garage door system and let you know if there’s anything you can do to extend your door’s lifespan.