Wonderful sunny days with rising temperatures make summer a perfect season to start a little work around the house. Take some time to perform simple tasks around your home to maintain it. Spotting problems with a routine check-up will save you time; money and risks that might create serious issues in the future.
Does your garage door look fine? Most garage doors are made to last for a good ten to fifteen-year span with regular checkups and maintenance. Seasonal re-checking will save you a lot of money.
Use a garage maintenance checklist. Work separately through the interior and exterior.
- Pest Invasion and Infestation : A variety of pests reside in your garage. Spring invites rodents looking to nest and winter can allow termite invasion to seep in. Eliminate the breeding grounds to control pests.
- The walls: The exterior walls of the garage can create problems inside, allowing water to seep in the building and foundation. Dampness causes mold which can contribute to damaging the structure. Fill the cracks to prevent further damage.
- Inspect the Garage Floor: Clean the concrete with soapy water to eliminate auto fluids and slippery matter. Fill the cracks of the floor to avoid further problems.
- Clean the drainage channel: Dirty channels can cause drainage problems. Timely cleaning the channels can save you further costly problems.
- Examine the foundation: Walk around the exterior of your garage to inspect any slopes. Difference in elevation is a big concern. A professional contractor could be consulted to prevent any further damage
- Dust removal, cleaning, washing and painting the door: Garages are a place of storage; your car, tool boxes and random supplies may be found there. A lot of dirt, dust and grease may have been accumulating on them over the past season. For optimal maintenance you need to clean the interior and exterior of your garage door. Wash your garage door! Adding a thin layer of car wax will prevent dust build-up. Wooden garage doors might have rot issues. Apply a coat of paint and sealant to both sides of the garage door. This will prevent rot. If rot is overlooked and not prevented, you may have to replace your garage door. Visible rust spots on a metal or steel garage door can be sanded down. Applying a zinc primer and painting it with an exterior latex paint is the best way to keep it safe.
- Inspecting the hardware: Make a point to inspect your garage door closely for any wear and tear over the years.
- Check for frayed cables of the garage door.
- Look for loose bolts and rusty springs, ball bearings, hinges and rods, if they are in good shape or need to be replaced.
- Lubricating the hardware: For your garage door to operate efficiently, lubricate all the moving parts such as hinges, rollers and opener’s track with oil. This will eliminate irritating noise while opening and closing the door. Silicone spray and white lithium are best to use.
- Testing your garage door: A simple test for maintenance could be done at any time of the year. Open and close the door to see if it is working properly and is not making any noises.
- Door Security and Reinforcement: A kick proof door is secure and is strong enough to fight extreme security issues or weather conditions. Look for any openings in the door to make sure it’s working and you may want to use weather stripping to tighten things up.
- Insulation and Weather Stripping: These need to be replaced from time to time and serve important functions in all seasons. Clean and replace old weather stripping and insulation where needed. This prevents moisture from seeping in and keeps the garage dry. It also seals the edges, prohibits hot or cold air from entering the garage and maintains the air barrier. Thus, it prevents the contents of your garage from being damaged. Keep a check to ensure that your garage is fully insulated.
- Garage Door Opener (wall switch), Sensors and Controls:
Inspect carefully the wall switches condition, change batteries in your remote control if needed. Inspect the sensors to make sure if they are free from debris or grime after cleaning and washing the garage door. Ensure that the door closes completely and the sensors are working properly. Besides these, test your emergency release to make sure it’s functioning.
Spring rainfalls and following the winter snowfalls require you to inspect for any visible damages. Damages may strike the hardware, tracks or the door itself. Hire a service technician from the Door Doctor to repair electrical problems, and repair any issues that require a professional. It only takes a few hours for a seasonal inspection and maintenance to take place.