The garage door is an important part of the home that needs to be maintained on a regular basis. There are things that you can do to keep your garage door working in tip top shape and prevent it from malfunctioning. Here is a simple list of maintenance tips that you can do at home to your garage door.
Tighten The Nuts And Bolts
Over time the nuts and bolts will get a little bit looser as the door goes up and then back down to close. If the nuts become loose then the door has room to move when it travels back and forth along the tracks. If the door can move as it travels along the tracks it has the ability to warp the metal tracks and potentially derail the entire door if it is not dealt with. Take a wrench and go along to all the nuts and bolts located along the garage door and tighten them until they are completely secure.
Clean And Lubricate The Tracks
The tracks are the most important part of the mechanical operating function of the garage door. The tracks must be clear of any and all obstructions to allow the door to easily glide over the tracks. Take out a ladder and place it under the tracks and then use it to get a clear view of the tracks to look for anything that could be blocking the door from moving. Once the tracks are completely clear, take an oil and water dispersing spray and coat both sides of the tracks to lubricate them. The lubrication of the tracks will allow the garage door to move along the tracks with ease and put less wear on the door with each time it opens or closes.
Clean The Front Of The Door With Soap And Water
Remove all the dirt and grime that has built up on the front of the garage door by washing it with soap and water. Fill a bucket with warm water and add a couple squirts of dish soap to the bucket and mix it together. Using a sponge add the soapy water to the front of the garage door and cover the entire surface area then let it sit for five minutes. Connect a pressure washer to a water supply and use it to clear away all the soapy water off the door and take off any tough dirt or grime stuck to the door.
Test the door after you finish these tips to make sure the door is working. If you have any issues with the door not opening or closing, call in the help of a professional garage door repair technician to handle any mechanical or electrical issues.
To learn more, contact a company like Unifour Door Systems LLC.