Your garage door parts can start to wear or fail as early as 6-8 years after your last service or install. It may seem like a long time, but if you forget to get your garage door checked before this time, you can experience serious damage or injury or even death in worse case scenarios. You could experience what one family did when their entire garage door came crashing down on them. Thankfully, they were not in the garage at the time, but it did cause serious damage. This is why it is important to remember to have your garage door checked regularly.
The situation above will lead to you calling an emergency garage door service that will come out and repair the damage, and get your garage door back on its tracks. A garage door falling can be caused by a number of different things, but this incident was due to the springs giving out. In any case, it is best to call a garage door technician to check your garage door.
You May Not Have A Warning…
Sadly, there is no real warning for homeowners from the manufacturers of garage doors to let you know when you need to have your garage door checked. That will leave you open to injury and damage that can be caused when you forget to service your door. In just 5 years, the springs can give out or become worn, and create damage or injury. That is why you should have your garage door serviced every 5 to 6 years, replacing the springs and avoiding accidents. Don’t wait for an accident to get your garage door serviced. The good news is it is easy to stay on top of garage door needs. Here are 3 simple ways you can ensure your family’s safety!
Do you know what your garage door needs for protection? Check out your garage door, does it have springs that are covered by a metal tube, or is there a safety containment cable, or maybe you have both. These features are a protection for your garage door against damages.
The containment cable is a way to keep your garage door spring from coming loose or breaking. This will prevent any serious damage the spring may have caused. A spring that is covered will be installed around the torsion shaft and will also help prevent snapping springs and keep them from coming loose.
Do You Have Loose Bottom Brackets?
On your garage door, there are brackets, called bottom brackets that are under a strong tension that if loosened or removed accidentally or deliberately by someone that is untrained, can cause serious injury or damage. Some garage doors have brackets that are unable to be removed while under tension, which will severely lower any risk of injury.
Your garage door spring is one of the most dangerous parts that your garage door has. These springs are very tightly wound and because they are under heavy pressure, they are the highest rate of accidents. Just like with anything, garage door springs eventually give out and break, just like with the above garage door we discussed.
If you own an older garage door, you should, for your safety, have the garage door inspected by a professional installer. That way any older parts can be replaced before a problem occurs. If your garage door has more than one spring, you will need to replace both, even if the other is not broken. This is for safety reasons and will keep your garage door working properly.