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How to Inspect Your Garage Door for Safety

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How to Inspect Your Garage Door for Safety

Your garage door welcomes you home, makes your life more convenient and even helps keep your home safe. When it works well, you probably don’t even give it much thought. But when it doesn’t, your whole routine can be thrown off. That’s why it’s important to keep it working well through routine checks and maintenance. Learn how with this garage door inspection guide.

  1. 1.Importance of a Garage Door Inspection

    Your garage door welcomes you home, makes your life more convenient and even helps keep your home safe.

    Inspection is important because your garage door is an expensive piece of machinery and an important part of your home. If something is going wrong, it’s important to know what it is so you can fix it before it becomes worse. Inspection is actually a great way to head off problems before they become problems. By doing an inspection, you’ll become familiar with your machine – you’ll know when parts are becoming worn, making strange sounds or just not working the way they should. Most importantly, inspecting your garage makes it far more likely that you and your family will stay safe. There are parts of your garage that could seriously injure you or your family members if they break or stop working properly – by performing inspections, you do your part to make sure that doesn't happen.

  2. 2.How to Inspect your Garage Door

    The most basic way to inspect your garage door is with a visual inspection. First, with the door closed and with you standing inside your garage, take a look at all the parts that make up the door. Examine the track that it uses to move up and down. Take into account all the springs and joints. Make sure all the cables appear to be in good working order. Examine the mounting hardware to make it is secured tightly and doesn't appear rusted or corroded. Next, conduct a door balance test. Do this by slowly, carefully lifting the door manually. Your door should lift smoothly and stay open. If it slides back down, or feels like there is something obstructing it, it might need to be re-balanced. Finally, make sure your door’s reversing mechanism works correctly. With the door completely open, place an object like a piece of wood or a broom on the ground. Then, activate your door’s closing mechanism. Your door should automatically reverse when it comes in contact with the wood.

  4. 3.What to do if you Discover Problems with your Garage Door

    Your garage door has lots of springs and other parts that, in the wrong hands, can cause serious damage. If you notice any problems with your garage door do not attempt to fix it yourself. Instead, find a certified garage door expert to fix your door. But, before you pick up the phone to call a pro, make sure you take a look at the manufacturer’s information that came with your door. It may give you a little insight about what is wrong.


    A little extra information about your garage door: all garage door openers manufactured after 1991 must have a reversing mechanism. Those manufactured after 1993 must have photo eyes connected to the bottom of the track that triggers the reverse mechanism when an infrared beam is broken. If you have an older model, you should seriously consider an upgrade. If those features appear to be broken, make sure to get them fixed by a professional right away – it could be a matter of life and death.

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