Garage Door Maintenance

Garage Door Maintenance

How to maintain your garage door.

To operate properly the garage door must be firmly attached to the garage structure and all panels and moving parts must move freely.  Here is a short video on how to check the operation of your door and operator.

How to test your overhead door

With the door in the closed position.  Pull the emergency release, With the door disconnected from the opener, you should be able to raise it with minimal effort.  Open the door halfway and stop.  The door should stay in this neutral position without going up or down.

If it does not stay up mid-way in the open position, the spring tension may not be properly adjusted.  Adjusting the spring tension is a job for a service technician.  Garage door springs are dangerous and should only be adjusted by trained personnel.

Garage door Maintenance Includes Lubrication

Garage doors and openers need to be lubricated on a regular basis.  There are many lubricants ranging from pastes to sprays that are available.   Go to your local hardware store or lumber yard and ask for assistance if you are not sure which is best for your door and opener.

If you are not a do-it-yourselfer type or just don’t feel comfortable with working on your garage door or opener.  Several commercial services will do it for you.

Here is a link to the Door and Access System Manufacturers Association’s (DASMA) website for generic operating and maintenance information.  If you know the manufacturer of your door and opener it is best to refer to them for guidance.

We do not encourage the resistance method of checking the tension reversing switch.  This involves catching the door at waist level as it closes.   This may cause extensive and expensive damage to the door if it is not properly installed.

Maintenance Guide

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Radon Causes Cancer

Radon Causes Cancer

Are you sure you are a nonsmoker?

Did you know radon causes cancer?  That may seem like a silly question of course you know if you smoke or not, right?

Well before you answer too quickly, did you know about the dangers of long-term exposure to high levels of Radon Gas.  Radon Gas is a tasteless odorless gas that occurs in all parts of the county.  Unfortunately, concentration levels vary for many reasons and maybe high in one area and low just a few blocks away.

Radon causes cancer, exposure to radon of more than 4.O pCi/L is equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes a day
radon causes cancer  According to the US EPA, a Radon level of 4.0 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) in your home may be equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes a day.  

Radon Gas is estimated to cause 21,000 deaths per year in the United States.  In contrast that is more than the 17,000 deaths caused by drunk drivers.

 The Center for Disease Control lists exposure to Radon Gas as second only to smoking as a leading cause of Lung Cancer.  Furthermore, both state that smokers are at greater risk of developing lung cancer when a smoker is also exposed to elevated levels of Radon Gas. 

No level of Radon Gas is safe

However, levels of 4.0 pCi/L and above are the cut off level at which mitigation is recommended.  Radon Gas mitigation is relatively inexpensive and non-intrusive for most homes.

In order to assure proper results Radon testing and mitigation should only be performed by licensed or certified Radon technicians.

Consequently, testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels.  The US EPA and the US Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for Radon Gas.

If you would like to have your home tested contact Hawley Home Inspections LLC at 618-593-9631 or 314-257-0040 or send us an email at

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