Garage Door Drum Repair

Garage door drums are circular rollers with groves and are attached at both the sides of the torsion springs shafts on the top of the garage door. When you raise the door, the safety cables wind and unwind on the grooves of these circular rollers to lift the heavy garage door. Since a garage door is used every day, the frequent use causes wear and tear to springs, drums and cables, preventing the garage door to function the way it should. It is therefore very important to pay attention to these signs and take appropriate actions when you find something wrong with garage door components.
How can a damaged cable drum impact the performance of your garage door? Every time you raise the garage door, the safety cables wind and unwind on the drums to lift the heavy door. Any distortion to the drum shape might cause the safety cables to slip out and lead to a free-fall of the door panels. It can also cause the cable to totally snap and led to damaged tracks.
How can you know there is a problem with the garage door drums? Do you think that your garage door is opening with a sudden jerk? Is it making a squeaking noise? Is the door not able to contact the floor evenly? All these signs indicate that you might want to inspect your drums for any signs of wear and tear or impending break-down.
Should you attempt to repair or replace the cable drums by yourself? It is not a very good idea. The springs and associated parts such as cables and drums are placed under huge tension and any slip might result in the door falling down with immense force and has the potential to cause serious and fatal accidents. It is always advised not to fiddle with these parts yourself and always hire a professional to do the repairing or replacement. The professional technicians are experts, know the risks and work around and are armed with right hardware and helpful tools to perform the repair of garage door drum or any other part efficiently.
Do you feel that your garage door drum needs to be looked at? Texas Garage Door Repair can help you repair or replace your cable drums. We are experts in providing high-quality and affordable garage door repair services and are available 24 x 7. We offer repair and maintenance services for broken garage door springs, garage door opener, garage door bent door panels, weather seals, bent garage door tracks. We also provide garage door installation services.

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Summer Garage Door Maintenance Tips

Garage doors are supposed to last from ten to twenty years. This depends on its durability and the care of its owner. Summer garage door maintenance is important. In this article, we’ll give you several tasks you can perform to keep your garage door operating at its optimal levels during the summer months.

  • First off, you should clean the garage door. Especially during the spring months, it’s probably got pollen and other yucky stuff attached to it. Do this with some warm water and dish soap in the solution. You can clean most garage doors easily with a sponge. Make sure to keep the hardware from getting wet so don’t soak your sponge, just wet it. Clean the outside door thoroughly. If you want to clean on the inside you can, but it’s not necessary.
  • Just like when you’re doing your monthly maintenance, visually inspect hardware for wear and tear. Check for bent or loose hinges, broken wheels or anything that looks worn out. Look at the spring lift cables and make sure they’re operating properly. Practice opening and closing the door. Make sure it closes and opens smoothly. If not, you may want to call a professional to take a look.
  • Now you can clean your hardware. Use a clean rag to remove debris, grease or build-up from the track. Lubricate the moving parts of the door with 3-in-1 oil. Do not lubricate rollers, idler bearings or locks. Use graphite to keep the locks in good operating condition.
  • If your door has rust, then you can be sure that moisture is taking its toll on your door. Sand the rust down, apply a zinc-rich primer and paint with a quality exterior latex paint. If there is rust on your hardware, call a professional to have the offending items replaced.
  • While you’re at it, why not paint the surface? Of course, you should make sure that it’s free of dirt, oil, caulk, wax and mildew. Use exterior acrylic latex for the job. Wood doors need to be painted or stained every few years.
  • Make sure your door is safe in a hurricane hot spot. If you live in an area where this is a concern, you should have a tested, reinforced door installed. Due to their size, garage doors are more susceptible to wind damage than other exterior openings – especially two car garage doors. You may want to call in a professional to make sure your door is secure in the event of a hurricane or tornado. They will be able to tell you.
  • If you haven’t insulated your garage door yet, now would be a good time to do so. Insulation doesn’t just keep cold out in the winter. It keeps cool air in during the summer. Another good thing to do would be to put a fan in your garage to circulate some air. A freestanding exhaust fan is probably your easiest option. The fan will be at its most effective if positioned opposite the door.

If you don’t do a monthly check up, or even if you do, these tasks should be taken care of during the summer to make sure your garage door is working at its optimal levels throughout the year. You want your garage door to last as long as possible. If you have questions or concerns, call us at Texas Garage Repair. Our number is 512-518-6606. We’re more than happy to help.