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Preventing And Detecting Garage Door Damage

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Your garage door may be the most overlooked item in your life. You never think about it until the day it will not work. However, a defective garage door is not just an inconvenience; it often means expensive repairs or even replacement. A broken garage door can even pose a safety hazard to you and your family . Although you cannot prevent all garage door problems, you can learn ways to protect your door and detect damage early.


You can detect potential problems taking a few easy steps. For instance, experts suggest that you inspect your system periodically. If you simply stand outside of your car and watch as the garage door raises and lowers,you may notice some problems. Loud noises or a rough motion are signs that something is amiss. You can also disconnect the garage door opener and pull the release handle in order to assess the door's balance. If the door is unable to remain halfway up on its own, you may need the springs adjusted, something only a garage door specialist should do. 

Another test you need to run regularly is the "force" test. You should have the door completely open before you begin to lower it. Try to hold up the door with our hands. The door should reverse motion immediately and easily. If it does not, the door is a danger to you, your family, and your pets. You need to have it serviced as soon as possible. 


Moisture is the enemy of smooth garage door operation. It can cause rust and adversely affect the door's motor. To help prevent this problem, you should regularly check the weather stripping on the bottom of the door to see if it shows signs of wear. If it no longer seals completely, replace it. If you feel comfortable with tools, you can take care of this task yourself by simply prying off the old strip and attaching a new one. You should also oil the mechanism at least twice a year to reduce friction and prevent excessive wear. 

A good garage door can last for years, but it needs some regular TLC. Just taking a little time to access the door's condition and run a few tests can help you catch problems early. A little preventative maintenance will also go a long way. Consult a garage door expert at if you detect problems with the mechanism.