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Buying a new home is certainly one of the most exciting and one of the most stressful things in life! So can you imagine after all is said and done, you walk out to get your car out of the garage, only to discover the overhead door won’t open? Too late! You should have had that inspected beforehand!

Whether you’re a home buyer, home seller, or a homeowner, inspections are certainly required. After all, the installation of an overhead garage door is one of most expensive enhancements to a home. You don’t want to be caught in any of the above positions and faced with unexpected expenses – or possible court cases!

If you do not already have annual inspection dates scheduled with your overhead door company, or if you are currently looking at a home with an overhead door, now is the time to call Geauga Door. The cost of an inspection versus the cost of a complete door replacement – well, there is obviously no comparison!

You can also do some checking yourself. Here is a list of things to be sure to look over.

1. Check Alignment and Balance

  • Close the garage door. Disconnect from the opener. Open manually with one hand. If lubricated properly it should open easily. If it doesn’t open, re-lubricate and try again. If it still sticks, you may have an alignment problem.
  • Open the door halfway and release it. If it slams down, the culprit is possibly a bad spring. Improper balance could also be the problem.  A properly balanced garage door will stay in place with a bit of shifting perhaps, but it will not rapidly close or open. 

2. Check Door Operator
Garage doors are heavy! They unfortunately have caused a number of serious injuries due to improper maintenance or just careless behavior.

  • Open the door. Place an object such as a piece of wood or paper towel roll under the door and then close it automatically. The door should detect it, stop, and reverse entirely.
  • If your garage door has electric sensors, repeat the above process of opening the door, but then take a stick and pass it under the door at the height of the sensors to check for its reversal. The sensors should detect the stick, stop the door, and reverse it.

If either of the above tests fail, call Geauga Door right away and have the garage door repaired. Waiting will only delay the accident that is sure to take place.

3. Check for Damage

Areas to pay special attention to:

  • damaged wiring and connections
  • damaged weather stripping that could allow air or water in
  • damaged or worn cables 

4. Additional Check Points

  • Power cords or extension cords that aren’t directly wired into the wall
  • Test the emergency release handle occasionally to be sure it will detach from the opener. (Remember to reattach it after checking!)
  • If your overhead door has extension springs, they should have a safety cable running through the middle of it. If not, it is recommended you have them installed.
  • Lubricate springs, sprockets, rollers and bearings and tighten chains, belts, hinges and hardware as needed.
  • Be sure the open/close button is at least five feet from the ground so little hands cannot reach!

 

If you discover problems with your garage door…

unless you know you are qualified, do not attempt to fix it yourself. Take a look at the manufacturer’s information that came with your door. It may give you a little insight about what is wrong. Then call Geauga Door!

Yes – I know it’s only August, but it’s a good time to do a little overhead garage door inspecting while the sun shines bright! When late fall and then winter arrive, you won’t want to be outside doing a door inspection in Northeast Ohio. We all know the havoc winter can wreak on …well, on just about everything! And your garage door will receive no exemptions for Mr. Old Man Winter.

Your overhead door is the largest door in your home. If your garage is attached to the house and heated, unless it is properly sealed, you stand to lose a good deal of warmth AND money!  When those temps begin to plummet, your heating bill will begin to rise no matter what, but if your door is in need of new seals, it could be costing you a significant amount more. By properly sealing your door, you could save hundreds of dollars.

Take a few minutes to perform this quick and easy 3 Point Seal Check. Do it now and you’ll have plenty of time to consider your options for repair or replacement should that be needed.

3 Point Seal Check

1. Close the garage door and stand inside during the day. Turn the lights off and look around the door for places where light shows through – the bottom, sides, and between sections.  There should be no light or very minimal light that shows. Feel for drafts as well.

2. Check the exterior vinyl weather stripping along the outside edges of your door. If you see cracks, if it appears loose or damaged, then it will need replacing.

3. Inspect the rubber weatherstripping at the bottom of the garage door. This is where the Northeast Ohio weather may take a big toll. Ice formation, salt accumulations, and debris have collected over time causing the seal to crack, pull away, or even develop holes.

If you notice damage, wear, or anything out of the ordinary, call Geauga Door now. They can take a look and let you know how to proceed. The money you will save in heating costs this winter could easily make up for the cost of any garage door repairs – especially if this winter is anything like that of 2013!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer vacation for children has just about arrived. Whether you are glad or sad over that fact could be the subject of an entire blog post itself! But one thing is for sure – children will be out of school and they will be in and out of the garage much more. Is your overhead door ready for them?

How often do you concern yourself with the safe operation of your garage door? If you’re like most people, probably not much – until you happen to hear or see something quite out of the ordinary. You simply take for granted that it will open and close properly and that it is safe. And most of the time it does, thankfully!

Unfortunately, garage doors play a role in thousands of injuries every year. Figures by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) are frequently seen online stating that between 20,000 – 30,000 people visit emergency rooms each year for garage related injuries. No verifiable link is ever shown, but here is a chart by the CPSC which does confirm the fact that injuries do occur, some severe. It is seven years old and we can assume that manufacturers have improved safety features since then, but that doesn’t mean children (or adults) need not bother with practical safety measures.

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10 Garage Door Safety Tips

Children are definitely more susceptible to garage door injuries than adults, but injuries can happen to people of all ages. Why not take a few minutes and establish some simple safety rules for your home and review them with your children? Remember – the average weight of a garage door is 400 pounds! Unless you are some kind of superhero, you are no match against a falling garage door!

1. Garage door openers are not toys. Young children should never have access to them.

2. Mount the garage door opener control button out of the reach of small children (at least five feet from the floor) and where you have a clear view of the door.

3.Test your garage door opener’s reversing mechanism monthly by placing a full roll of paper towels in the door’s path. If the door does not reverse after contacting the object, call Geauga Door immediately!

4.If you do not know how to use your garage door opener’s emergency release feature, read your owner’s manual until you do or ask your Geauga Door technician to show you.

5. Do not allow children to play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving. It should never be considered a game to duck the door.

6. Keep an eye on the door until it is fully closed or opened to prevent any child or pet from entering or exiting.

7. Keep fingers and hands away from door sections when the door is opening or closing to avoid injury.

8. Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death. Call Geauga Door!

9. If your new teen driver backs into the door (or, heaven forbid – YOU do!) have the door inspected even if it doesn’t look damaged. The operating system may have become misaligned and wear prematurely – an accident waiting to happen.

10.Call Geauga Door for annual maintenance checks. A trained service technician is your best bet against a faulty system. He will also inform you of specific things you can watch for, what you can do yourself, and when you need a professional.

How long has it been since your garage door was thoroughly inspected? If more than a year has passed, the safest way to start your summer is to call Geauga Door and make an appointment for a general maintenance check. You could save yourself a lot of money with an ounce of prevention, save yourself or family injury, and have peace of mind – isn’t that worth it?

 

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