Garage Door Safety Checklist
For many homeowners, the garage door is the most used door in their home. But to enjoy all the functional and aesthetic benefits, you should always strive to maintain garage door safety. Remember that a garage door is a mechanical device; if not routinely maintained, it could malfunction and pose various safety risks.
The Importance of a Monthly Garage Door Safety Inspection
Garage door related accidents are responsible for over 20,000 injuries and several deaths each year. One reason is poor maintenance. What you need to know is that a garage door has many moving parts which must work together in unison for a safe operation. If one part malfunctions or fails (combined with the door’s heavy weight), you and your family can be at risk.
A monthly inspection of your garage door helps to detect problems before they grow into bigger problems. Because of frequent use, some parts can wear out prematurely. A monthly inspection can detect if there are any worn or damaged components, and any other safety issues. This will help you find potential problems and prevent premature failures.
10-Point Monthly Garage Door Safety Inspection Checklist
The following components should be checked once a month.
- Garage door springs: Check for signs of wear and rust. If damaged or loose, contact a garage door professional.
- Cables and pulleys: Inspect for signs of damage
- Hinges, nuts, and bolts: Tighten any loose nuts or bolts. Replace any damaged hinges.
- Rollers: Lubricate metal rollers; Remove any dust or dirt particles; Replace worn nylon or vinyl rollers.
- Balance Test: Use the Release to disconnect the opener from the door. Lift the door manually a few feet above the ground. It should lift with little resistance, and it should stay open. If it’s difficult to do this task or falls to the ground, the door may be out of balance. Avoid using the door and get in touch with a repair professional right away.
- Auto Reverse Test: With the door open, place an object underneath the door. Press the button to close the door. The door should automatically reverse when encountering the object. If not, contact a garage door repair professional as soon as possible.
- Door tracks: Check for signs of rust or warping. Clean any dust and dirt. Tighten any loose nuts and bolts.
- Top and bottom brackets: Make sure brackets are secure. Inspect for signs of rust or damage.
- Motor gears: Listen for strange noises like clicks or grinding. Gears should operate smoothly. Strange sounds are not normal. Do not operate the door and contact a garage door technician for assistance.
- Torsion springs: Torsion springs should wind tightly. Inspect for weakness, loose springs and rust.
- Garage door opener remote: Open and close the door with the remote. Replace batteries annually.
- Overall garage door operation: open and close the door several times. Is it behaving abnormally? Do you hear any sounds? How easy does it open and close? If you notice something out of the ordinary, contact your local Safe-Way dealer for assistance.
Annual Safety Inspection
Safe Way Door provides an annual garage door safety inspection and maintenance service for most makes and models. Contact your local Safe Way dealer to schedule your garage door safety inspection today!