You want your garage door to operate safely and properly every time you press the garage door opener. To ensure the biggest and heaviest moving object in your home doesn’t cause an injury, follow these five garage door safety and maintenance tips from Overhead Door Co. of Fort Wayne.
Don’t Let Children Play Near the Garage Door
This could become a safety hazard, especially if a child attempts to stand, run or play under the garage door while it’s in motion. It’s also unsafe to let kids play with the garage door opener. Keep your remote out of reach, and make sure the wall-mounted opener is at least five feet above the floor where small children can’t reach it.
Keep the Door in Sight Until it Closes Fully
When you pull out of your driveway, keep an eye on the garage door as it closes. Make sure no people, animals or objects are in the door’s path and that it closes fully. Likewise, never attempt to race under a moving garage door.
Perform Simple Monthly Garage Door Maintenance
Visually inspect the garage door cables, springs, pulleys, rollers and hinges for signs of wear or damage. Also, test the reversing mechanism by waving a broom handle in front of the laser sensors as the door closes, and it should reverse and open again. If the door appears worn or fails the reversing test, call a technician for servicing.
Have Your Garage Door Serviced Once a Year
Professional annual maintenance from a trained service technician helps your garage door remain safe to use and avoid inconvenient breakdowns. During a visit to your home, a technician may test the door balance, adjust the springs, lubricate all moving parts, tighten nuts and bolts, and perform a fire-drop test if necessary.
Inspect the Door if You Accidentally Back into It
You should always open the garage door before starting your car to prevent fumes from accumulating in the garage. This precaution also prevents you from accidentally backing into the garage door. If this happens, it’s wise to have a professional examine the door in case the operating system has become misaligned and created a dangerous environment.
Schedule Garage Door Services in Fort Wayne
Overhead Door Co. of Fort Wayne offers quality garage door repairs, maintenance and installations in northeast Indiana. The next time you require services, please call us at 260-205-8509!