Posted October 12th, 2018 at 5:06 pm by Dan Musick
With temperatures dropping it won’t be long before the leaves fall, the air is crisp and cool, and you are staring winter in the face. This means you need to think about all those pesky details and maintenance protocol that need to be done before the snow flies, especially garage door inspections.
Whether you do it yourself or schedule a company to do it for you, garage door maintenance is important to keep your business, and your home, running smoothly. If a garage door breaks down, and it’s the only one you have on your loading dock, the time to get it fixed can easily translate into lost revenue and productivity for your business, and no one wants to be responsible for that.
Likewise, if your car is stuck in your home garage when a garage door breaks down, you may find it a challenge to get to work and that can cost you in pay and upset your boss. Neither scenario is pleasant.
You might ask, are you at the whim of springs and cables deciding when they will give out, or can you do something to help keep them in top shape and able to give you a long life? The short answer is not necessarily, and yes. Read on for important specifics.
Why Perform Inspections?
As with most things, overhead/garage doors are designed to include routine maintenance, and replacement of worn parts, in order to keep them in good condition. Performing garage door inspections on a regular basis will help keep them functional and avoid costly repairs or premature replacement.
In commercial applications, there are likely to be OHS/OSHA compliance requirements, including regular maintenance and inspections. The “General Duty of Care” clauses have been used for citations and violations relating to lack of safety devices, poor installation, and lack of regular maintenance and inspections.
There are several items that should be on your inspection checklist for each overhead/garage door. They include: check each section for damage; inspect and adjust door alignment; inspect and lubricate rollers and bearings; lubricate, adjust and inspect springs for secure mounting; inspect and tighten hinges and hardware; check cables and drums for wear or damage; inspect locks for proper operation; check weather strip for wear or damage; inspect track fasteners and hangers, and lubricate and inspect chain hoist. More helpful information is on our Overhead Door Preventive Maintenance & Inspection blog.
Be aware: replacing garage door springs is dangerous because of the torque in a wound torsion spring or the stretch in an extended extension spring. Garage door repairs often involve replacing parts that are tied into the spring system, and many accidents, injuries, and deaths have occurred to those who have not understood the forces at work. A proper understanding of garage door springs, garage door weights, garage door parts, and how these are interconnected is essential for safe repairs.
Once you’ve completed your inspection, there may be items identified for replacement. To make sure you get the proper parts for your unit, contact DDM Garage Doors, Inc. We also have a series of tutorials for those who prefer to do the maintenance themselves and need a bit of instruction.
DDM Garage Doors, Inc. offers local pick-up for those in Illinois and nearby states as well as shipping both nationally and internationally. If you plan to pick up parts, it’s recommended that you call first to make sure the parts you need are available.