While you’re enjoying your Christmas movies and warm cookies with your family this holiday season, the last thing you want is to feel a draft coming from your garage. With the cooler weather arriving, it’s important to keep your garage maintenance up. That means keeping all parts lubricated, the tracks free from dirt, dust, and rust, and making sure all nuts and bolts are tightened.
If you haven’t signed up for your bi-annual garage maintenance, we suggest doing so but there are a few things you can do on your own.
Inspect Your Garage
You are the eyes and ears of all things around your home. Whenever something is off, you will be the first to notice. Whenever you leave your house or pull back into your garage, listen for unusual noises, watch to see if it is closing all the way, see if it is moving properly. If you notice something seems wrong, you can call in the professionals. If things are working properly, you can keep up with your winter maintenance until it is time for your routine maintenance check with The Garage Door Guys Corp.
Keep Your Weather Stripping Dry
Remember the scene in A Christmas Story whenever Flick’s tongue gets stuck to the pole whenever he was triple dog dared to lick it? During these chilly winter months, the weather stripping on your garage door can have the same thing happen to it. The weatherstripping will often times freeze whenever it is touching the ground if there is any splitting in the material. You don’t want to be out in the cold thawing your weather stripping so that you can open your garage door. The weatherstripping is also what keeps the harsh winter air from entering your home and causing an uncomfortable draft. Occasionally make sure the moisture is wiped off of your weather stripping to keep this from happening. If it is already splitting in the material, call The Garage Door Guys Corp to have it replaced as soon as possible.
Keep Your Garage Door Clean
While it is always easy for your garage door, tracks, and rollers to get dirty, it is especially common in the winter whenever there is moisture in the air and a build-up of leaves and dirt. Make sure to keep all of these parts free from dirt and debris so that they will not get an excess of build-up that can freeze over. Again, causing your garage door to stick to the ground or the tracks.
Grease Garage Door Moving Parts
Now that the garage door, tracks, and rollers are clean and free from the threat of freezing over, it is important to keep all of those moving parts greased up. You just need a light coating of WD-40 to keep things running smoothly. Just be sure to not overdo it and cause more build-up.
Balance Your Garage Door
Noticing that your garage door is off-balance is usually pretty simple. It is as easy as noticing that the garage door doesn;t stay in place whenever it is moving or whenever it is open. We do not suggest fixing the balance on your own. A garage door, depending on the material it is made out of, can weigh anywhere from 80 to 800 pounds and can be incredibly dangerous to service on your own. The Garage Door Guys of Central Arkansas are properly trained to come out and take care of the dangerous jobs for you.
Tighten All Bolts, Nuts, and Screws
Your garage door opens and closes hundreds of times in a single year. It is typical for your garage door parts to become loose with so much wear and tear that is put on it over and over again. The last thing you want is for the screws to come completely unscrewed and risk your garage door falling off of the hinges or roller tracks. Be sure to tighten all parts periodically during your routine maintenance.
Replace Garage Door Rollers
Every 6 months, you need to check up on your garage door rollers. The more you open and close your garage door, the more wear and tear is put on your rollers. They need to be checked and even replaced every few years, depending on how often you use your garage door.
If you notice damage on your rollers, they need to be replaced as soon as possible. The Garage Door Guys Corp can come out and get that done quickly and efficiently, to be sure that it is done correctly.
Replace Your Cables
While replacing your cables is something that definitely needs to be done if you notice that they are damaged, this needs to be done by a professional. If you see that there is any fraying on your cables, call The Garage Door Guys Corp right away! A broken cable can cause a lethal injury and you don’t want to spend your holiday season in a hospital.
Check Your Security Keypad
Now that the weather is cold and there is so much moisture in the air, your keypad battery is working overtime to keep warm and run properly. Don’t pull up to your house and realize that your keypad isn’t working. Get ahead of the game and go ahead and replace those batteries today. If it is starting to look dingy, give us a call and we will come out with a replacement keypad for you.
Set-Up Routine Maintenance
It’s nice to be able to keep up with your garage door maintenance on your own, but it’s even nicer to have someone else do it for you. The Garage Door Guys Corp of Central Arkansas is here to help you stay on top of your garage door maintenance before things become damaged. It is much more cost-effective to have a routine maintenance plan than to have to fix a major problem that went unnoticed for too long.
Get ahead of any garage door damages that are caused by the chilling winter months with The Garage Door Guys Corp maintenance plan. Tis’ the season to be secure inside of your home with no worries of a broken garage door. Give us a call today at (501) 412-2475 or fill out this form and we will be happy to discuss our routine maintenance plans.