The garage is an important part of the home. Although it is not often given that much attention, it still holds important family properties, like the car and other home and garden tools.
As a homeowner, it is essential to be familiar with your garage, how it works and how to maintain its condition. This ensures that you are able to keep your garage in good working order so as to maintain the value of your home.
Different Parts of the Garage Door
Be familiar with the different parts of your garage. Your garage door is the largest moving part of your home. It is used daily and serves as an entrance to your garage. Aside from that, it also has a security purpose. Know the parts of your garage so you can fully know how it works and how you can fix it in case it gets broken.
• Operator. It is this lean machine that does the lifting of the garage door. It works as the brain and muscle of the garage door opener. This motorized device can be controlled by a wall switch or with a remote control.
• Support brackets. These metal brackets help keep your garage door operator in place. This attaches the motor to the ceiling so it stays still even when the door moves to open or close.
• Belt. This is the drive mechanism of the garage door opener that moves to open or close the garage door. It does not have to be a belt. It can also be a screw or a chain, depending on the kind of opener that you have.
• Tracks. The track or the T-rail guides and shields the belt, screw, or chain of the garage door opener as it moves to open or close the door.
• Mounting hardware. The mounting hardware is also called the mounting bracket. It is responsible for keeping the tracks or the rail in place. This joists the tracks to the ceiling in to prevent it from moving around during the operation.
• Emergency release rope. This is an emergency release cord that you can pull in order to make your garage door manual again. This disables the automatic feature of the garage door opener and disengages it in case if it does not work.
• Torsion spring. These springs are mounted horizontally above the garage door. When the garage door is opened, these unwind and helps in lifting the door.
• Pulley and cable. The torsion springs lift the door through a system of pulleys and cables.
• Curved door arm. This metal arm is an essential link to your garage door and pulley and cable. This helps in lifting the door during operation.
• Garage door. This is the large door that opens to your garage. It can either be a sectional, wooden, or metal door depending on your home. The size also varies depending on how big your garage or home is.
• Safety reversing sensor. The safety sensors in the garage door opener system is usually located at the bottom part of the garage door. This acts as a safety feature. It stops the door from closing whenever something blocks the sensors. This prevents damage to properties and even injuries to pets and kids.
How to Maintain the Garage
To keep your garage in good condition, you need to properly maintain it. Just like your living space, your garage also needs the extra attention. This must also be done regularly, depending on the climate that you live in.
1. Clean your garage regularly. You do not have to wait until spring time in order to clean your home or even your garage. You can do this regularly, like every month or every two months if you have the time. Doing so ensures that your garage is spotless and keeps everything inside organized. You need not worry about finding items or even about molds when you clean it often. If you’re cleaning your door, use the right surface cleaner with a soft sponge. For wooden doors, you might need to use a dry and soft cloth.
2. Inspect your garage door. No matter how sturdy you think your garage door is, it will still go through the normal wear and tear due to everyday use. So, inspect your garage door regularly. Inspect all the hardware, especially the moving parts of the garage door. Test the balance of the door by pulling the emergency release cord and moving the door halfway. A well-balanced door will stay put. If it doesn’t, you need to adjust the springs. Check for signs of broken parts and damage. If you see one, make sure that this gets repaired right away before the problem aggravates. For minor problems, you can mostly do the fixing yourself. If there are complicated tasks involved, make sure that you contact a qualified technician to fix your garage door.
3. Lubricate the moving parts. Lubrication needs to be done regularly. Use a non-silicon lubricant that’s in an aerosol spray. For the hinge and rollers, use the lubricant sparingly. Just apply it to the roller and hinge at either side of the door. Apply the lubricant to the lock mechanism, as well. Work the key a few times in order to distribute the lubricant.
4. Make sure your garage and door is presentable. Always make sure that your garage and garage door is well-organized and presentable. Groom your door and add some fresh paint if it’s peeling and chipped already. You may need to sand and paint your steel doors if it has some rusty spots.