May is Garage Door Safety Month! And the best way to keep YOUR garage door safe, is to be sure to stay on top of your garage door maintenance!
Here are some tips for garage door maintenance:
1. Regularly inspect the door: Check for any signs of wear and tear, rust, or damage. Look for loose hardware or any parts that may need to be replaced.
2. Keep the tracks clean: Clean the tracks and rollers regularly to prevent dirt and debris from accumulating. This will also help ensure that the door operates smoothly.
3. Lubricate the moving parts: Apply a silicone-based lubricant to the moving parts of the garage door, including the hinges, springs, and rollers. This will help prevent rust and keep the door operating smoothly.
4. Check the balance of the door: To check the balance of the door, disconnect the opener and manually open and close the door. The door should move smoothly and stay in place when opened halfway. If the door is unbalanced, it may need to be adjusted by a professional.
5. Test the safety features: Test the safety features of the door, such as the photo-eye sensors and the reversing mechanism, to ensure that they are working properly.
6. Keep the door clean: Clean the door regularly with a mild detergent and water. This will help prevent dirt and debris from accumulating on the surface of the door.
7. Inspect the weatherstripping: Check the weatherstripping around the door to ensure that it is in good condition. Replace any weatherstripping that is damaged or worn.
8. Hire a professional: If you are unsure about any aspect of garage door maintenance or repair, it is always best to hire a professional. They can help ensure that your door is operating safely and smoothly.