As one of the heaviest moving objects in your home, the garage door can be hazardous if you don’t follow proper safety procedures. Keeping your garage door well maintained and exercising caution around moving components can keep you and your family safe from harm. Here are a few safety tips to consider when working with garage doors:
Test the Safety Sensors
All garage doors produced after 1993 are required to have a safety reversal system. These systems typically contain a sensor that triggers a reversal mechanism when blocked by a person or object. Test your garage door’s safety system by placing a block of wood in its pathway. If the reversal system fails, call a licensed garage door repair technician right away. Additionally, if your door contains no safety reversal mechanism, arrange to have one installed as soon as possible.
Inspect Moving Components
Springs, rollers, screws, and hinges can become rusted and damaged over time. Perform regular maintenance and inspections to maintain the integrity and safety of these components. Coating garage door components with light oil or lubricant from time to time will help prevent rust, while regular inspections from a professional can prevent more major problems.
Avoid Working with Springs
Often supporting hundreds of pounds of weight, garage door springs are packed with a great amount of power and under a lot of tension. Unsurprisingly, they are one of the biggest sources of garage door-related injuries. Attempting to repair or install a spring on your own could result in serious injuries. If your garage door springs need to be repaired or replaced, be sure to call a licensed garage door repair technician for service.
Scheduling regular maintenance of your garage door can improve its safety and expand its lifespan. At GDR Garage Door Repair Service in Dallas, we serve the garage door repair and installation needs of homeowners throughout the area. Call us at (972) 544-7367 to schedule a garage door inspection today.