Proper maintenance and boosting the security of your garage door is a must. Through the years, your garage door faces the changing weather and season. In addition to that, break-ins are becoming common crimes as it happens daily.
To maintain and secure your garage door, here are some things to follow.
As garage door get older and worn out, you may hear more squeaking and rickety noises from your garage door. This can be annoying and are usually caused by poorly maintained garage doors.
If you want to get rid of these annoying noises, here are some tips that you should keep in mind:
• Avoid using oil to lubricate your garage door. Most homeowners usually use oil, such as WD-40 in lubricating their garage doors. These do not help your situation as these are de-greasers and take out the grease from your garage door. Opt for a lithium spray or silicone spray, instead.
• Lubricate all moving parts of the door. To ensure your door works properly, lubricate the moving parts. Close your garage door and disconnect it from the opener. Then spray the parts of the door, as you manually open it, around the bend of the track. Spray all the little parts, including the hinges, nubs, locks, and pivot points. Start from one side and move to the next side until you have ful
ly sprayed every part.
• Grease your metal rollers and pulley. If your garage door uses metal rollers, their ball bearings need to be greased regularly. Spray this part by using the straw tube on your spray. You don’t need to remove the rollers from the door. Just grease every roller while the door is closed in good lighting. For regular metal pulleys, you may need to grease their ball bearings. Since the pulley will be in position, you may need to work it up and down by moving the door a bit.
• Avoid greasing the opener’s chain. This is a common mistake done by most homeowners. If you want to show a little love to your opener, spray WD-40 to a cloth and wipe it on the chain. This will help in repelling moisture.
• Grease the top of the rail. This is an essential part to your garage door opener and it’s where the friction is. Do not grease the bottom of the rail as this does not do anything and will only leave you with a dripping garage.
• Avoid greasing the tracks and extension springs. There’s no point greasing your tracks or your extension springs. The tracks need to be cleaned with a wet cloth as grease on your tracks will pick up dust, hardening it like cement. The extension springs, on the other hand, are already dip coated and require no maintenance.
• Grease the torsion springs. This part of the garage door gets wound instead of stretched and will require some love. You need to grease them regularly. Just take out the straw tube and spray the torsion springs. Then, bring the door up and down to let the grease work on the springs. This is an effective way in reducing noise and preventing rust.
• Consult a professional. If the noise still persists despite greasing your garage door properly, contact a garage door professional for evaluation and service. It is best to consult a professional, especially when the garage door is the largest moving part and it may pose as a concern if it’s not functioning properly.
Break-in techniques are becoming so clever. Today, most break-ins are done with the use of a hanger pulling the emergency release cord to have access to your garage and home.
The simplest yet easiest way to prevent this break-in is to use a plastic zip tie to secure your emergency release cord. Just thread the tie through the emergency release latch and secure it. The tie is strong enough to prevent the cord from being pulled yet you can still use the cord in times of emergencies.