2022 is here. Another year for your Raleigh garage door to go without general maintenance and servicing. Many homeowners do not realize that their garage doors need a little TLC every now and then. Likewise, a good servicing from an industry professional every few years is also smart. That being said, we’re going to let you in on a few secrets. In today’s post, we’ll be focusing on things you can do at home to keep your garage door running smoothly without expensive tools. The pros at Hanson Overhead can service any residential Raleigh garage door and garage door opener. If you’re having problems with your garage door and want it fixed right the first time, give us a call to speak with someone you can trust. Let us serve your family today!
Start With a Visual Inspection
The best tip we can give you is to give your door a really good visual inspection every so often. Broken hinges, fixtures, rollers, damaged panels, frayed cables, etc. can all create a dangerous situation while the garage door is in operation. Identifying and repairing these problem areas before they 100% fail can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in repair bills.
Start by inspecting one side of the garage door with it closed from the inside. Make sure you have plenty of light or a flashlight. Check for broken rollers, roller brackets, and hinges. Also, inspect the torsion cable. Follow it all the way down to the floor. Check to make sure the cable is not fraying anywhere along its entire span. Now, you’ll be able to spot the difference on the garage door between something that seems not right and everyday wear and tear so don’t worry about that. Next, check the middle hinges and the other side of the garage door as well.
Inspect the vertical and horizontal tracks too. Make sure all the tracks are mounted securely to the framing. While you’re there, inspect the framing also. We call these the goalposts. Look for wood rot, termite damage, or other causes for concern. If you find something troubling, do not wait to call a professional to come out for a proper inspection. The last thing you want to happen is for your garage door to fall completely off the wall while in operation.
Now raise the door to look at the bottom seal or gasket. The bottom seal is important for sealing the gaps between the floor and the garage door. These gaskets also help weatherize the garage space and keep rodents and bugs out as well. A worn-out bottom seal should be replaced but is not mission-critical to the overall operation of your garage door.
You’ll also want to listen for any strange sounds that seem out of place. Grinding, clanking, ticking, and banging are all bad sounds that your garage door or garage door opener should not be making. If you see any broken hardware or hear any odd sounds, please call Hanson Overhead for servicing. Our 44 Point Signature Service keeps garage doors sounding and operating smoothly.
We just mentioned inspecting the vertical and horizontal tracks for your Raleigh garage door. You should also try to clean them too as part of your annual maintenance plan. Take a damp cloth and wipe along the grooves to remove any buildup of dirt and debris that can hinder the rollers from moving freely. You’ll clean both sides.
If you’re really in the cleaning mood, to increase your home’s curb appeal you can also clean the exterior of your garage door as well. Springtime is the perfect season for giving the outside of the garage door a nice scrub down to remove the remnants of winter.
Be sure to come back soon to read about even more great maintenance tips from our team of garage door repair experts at Hanson Overhead of Raleigh. If you’re looking for the best customer experience for a new garage door, garage door opener, or just need service, do not hesitate to call us today. We are here to serve!
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Hanson Overhead is the leading provider for Raleigh garage door repair, service, and new installations too. Equally important, we practice all CDC-recommended protocols for COVID-19 for safe and germ-free service at your home. Therefore, let the experts at Hanson Overhead of Raleigh help you with all your Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Wake Forest garage door needs in 2022.