Garage door safety and maintenance should be taken very seriously. Below are some tips to conduct a garage door safety check yourself.
Garage Door Safety Tips
In order to ensure that your photo eyes and safety reverse are ready to protect your family, check the following on a regular basis:
- Check the sides of the garage door for properly installed photo eyes (black sensor units) mounted no more than 6 inches off the floor.
- Block one of the photo eyes with an object over 6 inches tall, and press the garage door opener’s close button. The door should not close.
Garage Door Maintenance Tips
1- Lubricate the Moving Parts
Keeping your garage door parts greased up will add years of seamless operation to your system. Use white lithium grease on the opener’s chain or screw, and a spray lubricant, available from your garage door specialist, to coat the overhead springs.
2- Examine and ‘Refresh’ Your Garage Door
Don’t forget to examine the door itself. Wood doors will need to be checked for water damage and warp and chipped and peeling paint. Steel doors may have rust spots that need to be sanded, primed and painted. Wash your garage door regularly with a mild all-purpose cleaner.
3- Replace the Weatherstripping
If the rubber weather seal strip on the bottom of your door is brittle or cracked, replace it right away to keep the elements out of your house. Weatherstripping can be found at your local home improvement store. Just cut to size and insert into the grooves with the wide angle of the flange inside the door.