As spring rolls around, we find ourselves breaking out the “honey do” lists and crossing chores off of the never ending roll of things that need to be done before summer ushers in. And while you’re cleaning out basements, washing cars, vacuuming homes and the like, it’s important not to overlook some of the fundamental chores that might not have made your list. One of the biggest ones likely being garage door service in Billings, MT.
Just because your garage door goes up and down when you press the button on your remote doesn’t mean it’s in tip-top shape. In fact, functionality doesn’t mean anything when it comes to the condition of your garage door (unless it’s not working at all!). The fact is, there’s a whole list of garage door services in Billings, MT that you or a professional should be undertaking, including:
- Overall inspection: Give your garage door and all of its moving parts a good inspection from top to bottom. This means watching and listening as you open and close the door. Make note of any strange noises and keep an eye out for anything that appears to be “off.”
- Tighten it up: Go through and tighten up all of the nuts and bolts that keep your door sturdy. As your door goes up and down multiple times a day, each and every day of the year, vibration is sure to knock a few things loose. Over time, loose items can rattle and cause stress or damage to the door.
- Test balance: Have a professional test the balance of your door to make sure your counterweights are appropriate. This is important because imbalances can create added effort for your door, which leads to more frequent stress and strain.
- Weather stripping and seals: Where your door meets the pavement is a key area for deterioration, so be sure to inspect your weather stripping and any thresholds or seals you have in place. If there’s damage, you’ll need to have these materials replaced. A good way to do this is to close the door, then lightly spray water with a hose along the base of the door, to see if any water gets through.
- Lube it up: Your garage door is a big bunch of moving parts that all work together to function. Make sure friction isn’t getting the best of any one component by making sure everything is lubricated appropriately!
- Safety feature test: Go ahead and test the safety features of your door to make sure they’re in good working order. This includes the auto-reverse function (place a piece of wood where the door closes) and the locking function for the wall-mounted keypad (to make sure buttons can’t accidently be pressed).
- Check for damage: Finally, check your door for any cosmetic imperfections that might lead to issues later on!
If you’re hesitant to add another chore to your long list of springtime duties, consult with the professionals at A-One Garage Door today to have your door inspected and serviced this spring!