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10 Garage Door Safety Tips

You can never be too safe when it comes to your garage door. Garage doors injure about 30,000 people annually. Granted – many garage door accidents happen because of faulty garage door equipment. However, one can never be too cautious when considering garage door safety. In this article, we’ll explore 10 garage door safety tips you can use to keep you and your family safe.

  1. A garage door opener remote is not a toy. Do not give your children access to the garage door opener until they are old enough to handle the responsibility of it – like when they are old enough to drive a car.  There’s really no reason for younger children to have access to the garage door opener unless it’s the only way to get into your house. If that’s the case, then a child of 10 or 11 could probably handle the responsibility, but it’s be wiser to reevaluate the way you get into your home for safety’s sake.
  2. Make sure you mount the garage door opener mechanism out of the reach of small children. It should be at least five full feet above the floor and in a location where you have full view of the door so you can make sure the door is opening and closing correctly.
  3. Read through the garage door manual. Make sure you know how to use the garage door’s emergency release feature. You never know when you may need it.
  4. Each month, take some time to visually inspect the garage door. Look at the springs, cables, rollers and pulleys. You are checking for signs of wear and tear. If you notice problems, call a garage door technician like the ones we have at Texas Garage Repair. Many accidents occur each year when people attempt to fix their garage doors themselves.
  5. Again monthly, test the garage door opener’s reversing mechanism by placing a 2X4 board or a roll of paper towels under the door. If the door does not reverse after coming into contact with the object, call us for a repair. Also, if your door opener has not been replaced since 1993, prior to when the reverse mechanism was required, you should upgrade to one that has the reverse safety mechanism. It’s time.
  6. When closing or opening the door, keep an eye on it. Make sure no child or animal is trying to get in during this time. Please don’t make a game of ‘dodge the door’ with your children. It could prove fatal.
  7. Please keep fingers and hands away from any section of the door when it is opening or closing to prevent injury. You don’t want your fingers or hands to get in the way or the door’s operations.
  8. Maintain your garage door annually. Have a qualified professional look over your door at least once a year to make sure it’s in good working order. This will help keep it operating safely.
  9. Don’t get in the habit of leaving your garage door partially open. When activated again, it might travel downward and come in contact with an object in its path. Besides, leaving a door partially open leaves your home vulnerable to security breaches. Burglars often look for open doors to rob.
  10. In that vein, never, ever, leave a garage door opener in your car or with a parking attendant. Burglars like to steal garage door remotes so that they can gain access to your home. Always look the door to your home from the garage so that the burglar can’t get in. It may be mildly inconvenient to have to take your garage door opener with you everywhere, but it’s better than the alternative.

We hope we made you aware that your garage door is a very important and potentially dangerous item in your home. You should treat it appropriately and make sure that it is properly maintained. If you notice any problems with your door, day or night, you can call us at Texas Garage Repair. We are open 24/7 for you. We take you garage door safety seriously.

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How to Check Your Garage Door for Problems

Your garage door goes up and down at least 1,000 times a year. It’s a simple job, really, but a very important one. Everything needs to be in proper working order for the movement to be smooth and safe. The best way for you to ensure that your garage door remains problem-free is by checking it regularly. In this article, we’ll tell you how to check your garage door for problems.

Most homeowners put off maintenance of their garage door until they can’t get it open. Then, they need an immediate and perhaps emergency repair. There are simple things you can do to check your garage door – let’s say monthly – to ensure that it’s in proper working order. If you’d prefer, you can call us at Texas Garage Repair once or twice a year to do the same checks. We’re available around the clock to help.

The first thing you should do is watch and listen to your door on a regular basis. You are watching for signs that it’s not going up as smoothly as it should be and listen for any noises the door is making that are out of the norm like squeaks and creaks.

  • Visually inspect the door – stand inside with the door closed. Check the springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and hinges. Are there signs of wear or damage on any of them? Look for cables that are fraying. Is the hardware loose? If something doesn’t look quite right to you, have a professional garage door technician come take a look.
  • Balance test the door – your door is most likely equipped with an automatic opener so CLOSE the door and disconnect the automatic opener. It’s important that the door is closed when you do this for safety reasons.  Lift the door manually. It should lift with little resistance and remain fully open. If the door isn’t easily opened or doesn’t stay open, then the door might be out of balance. In that case, you’ll want to call a garage door professional to balance the door.
  • Reversing mechanism test – let’s assume you have an automatic opener system. Door made after January 1, 1993 are required by federal law to have a reversing mechanism and a photo eye or edge sensor. These are added safety measures to prevent entrapment. If your system doesn’t have these features, call Texas Garage Repair to have your door replaced immediately. The reversing mechanism test itself is simple. The door should be fully open. Lay a piece of wood on the floor in the center of the garage door opening right where the garage door touches the floor. Just a simple 2X4 will suffice.  Close the door. When the door hits the wood, it should automatically rise again. If it doesn’t, you need a professional to come fix the door.
  • Photo eye test – Your door should start the test fully open. Then, go and push the transmitter to close it. Wave an object like a broomstick or baseball bat in front of the photo eyes. The door should reverse. If it doesn’t – guess what? Call a professional garage door technician to service the door.
  • Force-setting test – with the door fully open, Push your garage door’s transmitter to close the door. Put your hands – they should be outstretched and stiff – under the closing door to hold it up. If the door does not begin to reverse immediately, remove your hands. The closing force is considered excessive and you need a professional to fix it.

If you perform these checks monthly, you should be able to catch a problem with your garage door before it gets to be too severe. Garage door problems can be deadly or cause property damage so you don’t want to take them lightly.

We, the professionals at Texas Garage Repair, are happy to perform maintenance tasks and door checks for you. If you have need of us, we can be reached at 512-518-6606.