Home Owner Q&A
They’re called accidents for a reason.
A garage door is basically a moving wall. It is the largest moving object in your home and one of the objects with the greatest potential to injure a family member or damage your property. Obviously, an improperly installed, badly worn, or broken garage door system exerts tremendous force when the door closes. Don’t let an unnecessary accident happen to your family, friends, or pets. Take this decision seriously and choose a company with experience. Call us today!
Garage doors are heavy, especially to little ones.
Reports received by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicate children between the ages of 2 and 14 have been trapped and killed under automatic garage doors. Other children have suffered brain damage or serious injuries when the closing door hits them and fails to stop and reverse its direction. You should explain to your children the reasons for keeping their fingers and toes clear of section joints, hinges, tracks, springs and other garage door parts.
A few simple precautions can protect your family and friends from potential harm. The Door and Access Systems Manufacturers Association suggests that you follow the 10 ideas below to ensure the continued safe performance of your Garage Door and Garage Door Opener.
10 ideas for SAFE performance
Visually inspect the cables that attach the spring system to the bottom brackets on both sides of the door. If these cables are frayed or worn, they are in danger of breaking, which can cause injury. Due to the dangers associated with high spring tension, these cables should be replaced only by a trained technician.
Your garage door’s springs are arguably the most important and most dangerous part of your door. Springs wear out over time. Most springs are rated for about 10,000 cycles. Precision Garage Door Service installs only the highest quality springs that are rated for up to 60,000 cycles. When springs break, injury can result. If you have an older garage door, have your springs inspected by a professional technician and replaced if needed. If your door has two springs, a trained service technician should replace both, even if one is not broken. This will not only prevent any damage caused by the breaking of the second spring, but also keep your door working efficiently. Remember, springs are under very high tension, and adjustment or repair should only be performed by a garage door professional.
Springs can squeak and be noisy. This is caused by normal use and does not necessarily indicate a problem. Before calling a professional service technician, use a spray-on lubricant (one recommended specifically for garage doors). If the noise persists, call a professional garage door installer for service.
No! Installing a garage door can be very dangerous and is not recommended for a novice. DASMA recommends that trained door systems technicians install garage doors.
If your garage door has extension springs, you need a safety cable that runs through the spring and secures to the wall or ceiling at each end. When your garage door is down, extension springs are under high tension. If the spring breaks, it may cause injury or damage to property. A safety cable can keep that broken spring contained. If you have extension springs but do not have a safety cable, call your local dealer for a safety inspection.
If your door does not go up and down smoothly, it may be in an unsafe condition. Even older door systems should operate smoothly. If the awkward operation continues when the door is manually operated, you may have a spring system that is out of balance. This can cause premature wear and tear on other important door components, as well as your garage door opener. Spring systems are dangerous and should be repaired only by trained professionals.
Watch Your Fingers! Every year, many unsuspecting homeowners injure their fingers by placing them between the door sections to pull down on the door. If your door lacks pinch-resistant joints, you should have lift handles or suitable gripping points on the inside and outside of the door. Even if your door has an opener, the door must occasionally be operated manually. Never place your fingers between the door sections. If you manually open or close the door, use the handles or the safe gripping points.
Since the bottom brackets on a garage door are connected to the door’s springs, these brackets are under extreme tension. They should be adjusted or loosened only by a trained door systems technician. Many manufacturers now include tamper resistant hardware that prevents loosening of the brackets by a novice.
When buying a replacement garage door, some homeowners are tempted to save a few dollars by putting the new door on the old track. However, your old track may not fit with your new door, depending on the thickness of your sections, the weight of the door, the headroom required, the location of the garage door opener, and other considerations. The track and sections work together as a system. For maximum performance and long life, you should use the track that is designed for your specific door.
Your garage door is probably the largest moving part in your home and is typically used every day. Over time, parts can wear out and break, creating potential safety problems. Although you should perform monthly safety checks and maintenance to your garage door system, an annual visit from a trained door systems technician can keep your door operating safely and smoothly for a long time.