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Garage Door Maintenance

How to maintain your garage door.

To operate properly the 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.

garage door maintenance saves money
garage door maintenance saves money









How to test your 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.

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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. Continue reading Radon causes cancer

ten questions to ask your home inspector

Ten Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

Here are ten questions to ask your home inspector before you make the largest purchase of your life.  Most realtors recommend and many lenders require having a professional home inspection performed.

A home inspection may save you thousands of dollars by revealing structural or safety issues that may not have been obvious. It may give your home a clean bill of health; either way knowing is always better than guessing. Before you choose a home inspector you should ask the following questions: Continue reading ten questions to ask your home inspector