Looks like the warmer weather is finally here. People are getting their homes ready for another summer, planning vacations and gearing up for fun with family and friends. Since you may see more traffic at your home and on the street, please make sure your garage door and surrounding areas are safe and secure.
Do a General Clean Up
A lot of debris can accumulate in and around your garage over the winter months. Give your drive-way and some of the curb area a good sweep and pick up any trash. Avoid a puncture to your tires! Do the same in your garage, it’s amazing how much can blow inside when the door is open.
Check Your Garage Door Sensors
In the event something or someone gets in the way of your garage door closing, you want to make sure it stops and reverses itself. Over time, your sensors can get bumped or blocked and the sensors won’t align. First, wipe off the sensors gently with a wet cloth, then make sure there is nothing obstructing them. Test the sensors safely by closing the garage door and use a broom handle to break the beam. If the garage door goes up-all is well. If not, you may have to realign your sensors. If yours does not have this, you may have to make small tweaks until testing sees your door reverse itself. If you are unable to fix them, give our office a call and we can guide you through some other areas to check, as this is an important safety feature.
Protect Your Children
Children are curious around buttons and such. Always keep your garage door opener in a safe place and make sure to refer to your owner’s manual for the proper placement of the opener unit so small kids can’t reach it. Prevent accidents by telling kids to never hang on and “ride” the door when it is opening. Many kids play near and around the garage door so be mindful when opening and closing the door.
If the power goes out or some mechanical failure happens, it’s important to know how to use the emergency release and how to re-connect it. We’ve made a handy how-to video with easy to follow instructions. There are some newer models that have battery back-ups that will continue to provide power in the event of an outage.
Do a Maintenance Check
Your garage door is probably the largest mechanical item on your property. That being said, it’s recommend that you service it once a year. We recommend hiring a professional to check it over, since many people injure themselves trying to do this task themselves.
If you are in need to garage door services, please give our office a call. We want you to have a safe summer.