Protect Your Family with Routine Garage Door Safety Checks + GIVEAWAY

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For years after we bought our home we had no garage door opener. It was a pain always having to get our of our vehicle to open and close the door. A couple of years ago my husband finally installed a garage door opener. The convenience was definitely worth it, and now I wonder how we made it so many years without one.

Once it was installed, I assumed we were done with it. Our garage door opens and closes without issue, so we don’t need to do anything, right?

Wrong.

Maintenance on a garage door is very important. We may test other household necessities like smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. Get routine checks on our vehicles.  But the garage door is so often ignored. (I know we are guilty of this!)

Garage Door CareThe International Door Association (IDA), a trade association comprised of more than 2,000 door and access system dealers and installers worldwide asked Harris Poll to conduct a survey on their behalf of homeowners with garages.  There goal is for homeowners to consider maintenance of their garage door as  a necessity for the overall care and safety of their home. If your garage door creaks, squeaks or groans when you open or close it can be a symptom of a problem. It is important to fix what could become a major home repair issue.

But if you are like me, and most of those recently surveyed, you rarely, if ever, perform routine maintenance on your garage door.  This can lead to inconvenience, or even injury.

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Survey Results:

  • 82 percent of Americans who own a house with a garage/garage door may be taking the maintenance of the largest and heaviest moving object in their home for granted.
  • 54 percent have never had a garage door and/or garage door opener safety check performed by a professional garage door/dealer installer
  • 47 percent have never had a garage door professional inspect or service their garage door(s)
  • 34 percent admit that no one in their household has ever personally tested the safety features

of their garage door(s) and/or garage door opener(s)

  • 27 percent say that their garage door’(s) hinges and rollers have never been lubricated
  • 12 percent say that they are not at all sure when their garage door’(s) hinges and rollers were last lubricated

“Those numbers are cause for concern because so many folks rely on the garage door for easy access to their home,” says Chris Long, managing director of IDA. “It alarms me that so many homeowners aren’t even sure when their door’s hinges and rollers were last lubricated – the most basic of maintenance tasks – and that’s a prescription for problems.”

“When a garage door isn’t working as it should, it can be a major disruption in terms of access to and from the home – and often results in an unplanned expense,” Long says. “And, like most home repair emergencies, it never happens at a ‘convenient’ time. GarageDoorCare.com outlines the things homeowners can do on their own to maintain their door’s operation, such as semi-annual lubrication of a garage door’s hinges and rollers.”

 
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But there are other tasks, such as making sure that a garage door system is properly balanced or reversing, that homeowners may feel more comfortable leaving to professionals. A broken garage door can be an inconvenience in terms of access. But a broken and falling garage door or busted spring can be downright dangerous.

”An annual garage door and opener inspection performed by a professional can help make certain that a home’s garage door operating system continues to function as it’s meant to,” Long says. “For a nominal inspection fee, a professional can recognize a small problem and remedy it before it becomes a large problem. And if a garage door operating system is in really bad shape, most folks should consider a professional for repairs or, if necessary, replacement.”

Eye-opening,  ins’t it?

Learn More:

For full survey results visit garagedoorcare.com and get informed with these routine maintenance tips.

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Comments

  1. joni says

    I learned to never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death.

  2. Birdiebee says

    There are some things a homeowner can do themselves but leave the garage door spring replacement to the professionals. My mother had this situation and did not want to spend the money; she started having serious problems and I told her it was time to get the professionals out to fix her garage door. It took her 6 months later to do it. I am so glad this is done.

  3. Lauren Watson says

    If you hit your garage door (which I have done) you should have it inspected even if there is no visible damage.

  4. CJ Godfrey says

    I learned that my family needs to remember that our garage door opener uses electricity, which can shock or kill if mishandled.

  5. Mary Cloud says

    Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death – sounds like something my family would do
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  6. susan smoaks says

    never let children play near a moving garage door, it is unsafe. i am tony l smoaks on rafflecopter.

  7. tina reynolds says

    Garage doors and electric garage doors openers should not be treated like toys and kids should be supervised because they can cause death

  8. Sherry Eckman says

    I learned children should never stand, run or play under or near any garage door, especially when the door is open or moving..this could result in injury or death.

  9. Samantha says

    I learned When opening or closing the garage door, always keep the door in view until the door is fully opened or fully closed.

  10. Mihaela Day says

    I learned that annual maintenance of your garage door by a trained service technician is recommended :)

  11. Terry Cross says

    I learned that you should never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death. These are best repaired by a trained service technician.

  12. Bryan E. says

    Thanks for the giveaway… Never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death. These are best repaired by a trained service technician.

  13. Sand says

    I learned that you should never attempt to repair a garage door’s springs or cables. These are under extreme tension and can cause severe injury or even death. These are best repaired by a trained service technician.

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