Combatting Mold Problems in Your Garage

Garages are used for more than parking and storing vehicles. Most households also use their garages for storing valuable items which can be ruined by mildew and mold. If you have noticed excessive mold on your garage doors, windows and a mildew odor in your garage, you may have too much moisture accumulating in this enclosure . Here are some tips to reduce moisture to prevent mold in your garage.

Use a Dehumidifier

If you store valuable items that could be ruined by mold or mildew like papers or fabric, considering using a dehumidifier in your garage during the wet season. Wet vehicles drying in your garage create excess humidity that form a perfect environment for mold growth.

Check Your Weather Stripping

The rubber weather stripping on your garage doors is meant to seal the bottoms of your garage doors. This helps with insulation and preventing water from entering your garage. Check your weather stripping periodically for cracking and tears; if it looks worn, replace it to create a better seal at the bottom of your garage doors.

Repair Dents and Door Cracks

If your garage doors have dents or cracks, they could be leaking rain and moisture into your garage. Damaged doors also may not seal on the sides or the tops of the doors. Damaged doors should be repaired or replaced for improved protection against leaking and to prevent safety issues.

Mold can cause damage to wood, fabric and paper products and also become a health hazard. Make sure your garage doors are properly sealed with ongoing maintenance and repairs performed by your local garage door service to prevent mold problems in your garage.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Garage Door Sounds and What They Mean

While visual inspections of your garage door can be helpful if there is a problem, listening to your garage door can also alert you to issues. The sounds your garage door make are often signs of wear and tear on the system, and if ignored, can lead to a garage door breakdown. If you have noticed your garage door is no longer quietly humming along but making new sounds, it may be time to schedule a garage door service appointment. Here are some common garage door sounds and what they mean.

Squealing or Squeaking

This is one of the most common issues for garage doors and often the easiest one to fix. Most squeaking and squealing noises mean the opening system needs lubrication. Try lubricating your system adhering to the manufacturer recommendations. If that does not stop the sound, it could be an issue with your rollers or tracks.

Grinding Noise

A grinding noise when you are opening or closing your garage door can be an issue with the crankshaft. You can try lubrication (it never hurts) but if the noise continues, you should have your system inspected by a professional.

Banging Sound

A pounding or banging sound can be caused by a few different issues. The sound is usually due to the panels of the door hitting each other or parts moving as the door opens or closes. It can be worn cables, loose bolts/screws or an issue with your spring. A thorough inspection and service or repair by a professional is your best solution.

Listen when your garage door begins to talk to you. It is one of the first signs it needs service and responding quickly can avoid more serious damage to your garage door system.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Who Should You Call When You Need a Garage Door Repair?

When your garage door is not working right, or not working at all, and you are not a DIY homeowner, you may wonder who to call. Should you call your cousin Bob that is handy with home repairs or a garage door professional? While some garage door repairs can be done by a DIY expert, some should be left to a qualified garage door repair service. It all depends on the issue and what needs to be repaired or replaced.

DIY Fixes

Items that do not require removal of major components can often be DIY fixes. Replacing weather stripping, tightening bolts, lubricating the system, adjusting the door sensors and other light maintenance issues can be completed by you or a trusted DIY expert. However, when it comes to removing essential parts, you may want to invest in a professional repair.

When to Call a Garage Door Pro

If you or your DIY friend have troubleshooted the problem and it is likely a major component, you should call a garage door pro. Replacing items like cables, rollers, springs, crankshafts and entire doors can be dangerous and require special equipment and training. Choose a garage door company that is licensed, insured and has an excellent reputation for experience and quality in your area. It is worth spending a little extra to protect your home and yourself from damage or injury from a garage door DIY repair gone wrong.

Regular inspections and service on your garage door can help identify issues before they become big problems. Schedule annual garage door tune-ups to keep up with maintenance and reduce the need for emergency repairs.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Why Won’t My Garage Door Close?

Garage door problems come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, the door will not open. As inconvenient as this is, it poses less problems than if your door will not close. You do not want to leave your garage open, inviting intruders into your garage and home. If your garage door will not close using your opener, there are only a few things that could be stopping it. Here are some troubleshooting tips to resolve the issue.

Is Your Opener Working?

The first component to check is your opener. If you are using your remote, try using the wall unit. If the wall unit works, then it is most likely a dead battery in your remote. If neither remote or wall unit work, make sure the wall unit is getting power. If it is, then move on to other possible issues.

Is There Something Under the Door?

Your garage door should be equipped with sensors to reverse the door if anything is under it. Make sure there is not a small object under the door. Even objects close to the opening may trigger the auto-reverse mechanism, keeping the door from closing.

Are the Safety Sensors Working?

Another issue is when the sensors on the auto-reserve system are not working correctly. Try aligning them to point directly at each other to see if that resolves the issue.

If you still cannot get your garage door opener to work, you can use the manual option to close it. However, you will need to also manually lock it for security. Contact your local garage door service if you cannot find the problem to get a garage door inspection to restore the function at your earliest convenience.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

5 Easy Ways to Keep Up with Garage Door Maintenance

For many homeowners with attached garages, the garage door is the main point of entry to the home. It is often used more than the front door for coming and going, making it a priority to keep the system working properly. Maintenance is key in extending the life of your opener and garage door but it may seem like a hassle. Here are five ways to simplify garage door maintenance to protect your system.

  1. Cleaning. Keep your garage door tidy by spraying it off when you wash your vehicle or are using the hose in front of your garage. A quick spray down when you already have the hose out only takes a few minutes.
  2. Wipe down the tracks. Once a month when you are out in your garage, wipe down the door tracks to remove dirt and debris. This can minimize damage to the tracks and rollers.
  3. Visual inspection. When you clean the tracks, look at the rollers, hardware and cables. Take note of any rust, loose screws or damaged rollers – get them replaced immediately if they are damaged.
  4. Use the manual system. Try using the manual system when you are only opening the garage door to use lawn equipment or let in light. Lift the door and let go after a few feet to check the balance. It should stay partially open if it is balanced properly.
  5. Schedule annual service. Having your opening system and door serviced and inspected once a year by a professional can go a long way in keeping your garage doors maintained.

It doesn’t need to be time consuming to keep up with garage door maintenance. Follow these steps to help extend the lifespan of your garage door components and lower repair costs.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

 

3 Ways to Keep Garage Door Repair Cost Low

You want your garage doors to last, and you want to reduce the number of needed repairs to keep them working like it should. Repairs can add up fast, often costing more than the garage door and opener in the long run. There are ways to minimize the number of repairs you need and keep the cost of maintaining your garage door low. Here are three tips on how to lower the cost and inconvenience of garage door repairs.

  1. Start with quality. It pays to choose higher quality when purchasing your garage door and opener. While it may cost more initially, quality pays off with a longer lifespan and less likelihood of breakdown of materials if it is maintained.
  2. Keep up with maintenance. You can do some maintenance yourself, like cleaning and lubrication. Schedule a tune-up and inspection for your door and opening system once per year by a professional. Like your vehicles that use the garage, a little maintenance can go a long way in extending the life of your opening system and garage doors.
  3. Fix small issues quickly. The best way to avoid big, expensive repairs is to catch them when they are small. Replacing worn, rusted or bent hardware is cheap; replacing the whole tracking system is not. Fix and repair little problems right away to avoid bigger problems down the road.

If you start with a quality garage door and opening system and keep up with little repairs and maintenance, repair costs can remain low. Plus, your investment will last longer, extending the time between garage door purchases. A little time on DIY maintenance and scheduling annual service is worth the effort to reduce repair issues and ensuring your garage doors last until you are ready to replace them.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Garage Door Issues That Could Become Dangerous

Ignoring garage door issues is never a good idea. It is important to remember garage doors are more than just a convenience; they can also be dangerous if not maintained. You open and close your garage doors hundreds, even thousands, of times each year. If there are issues with your opening system or the doors themselves, it is important to get these problems resolved to avoid injury or damage to your property. Here are a few garage door issues that can become dangerous and require immediate attention. 

Bent Tracks

The tracks that hold your garage door in place as it goes up and down are important to your entire system. However, they can often be damaged. If you notice a track is dented or bent, you need to have it replaced. This can weaken the system, possibly allowing the door to fall during operation, endangering you, your family and your vehicles.

Old Springs

Springs need replacement on average about every 10,000 cycles. If you use your garage door 2-3 times a day, this is about every 4-5 years. Springs can fail without warning, allowing your door to come crashing down. Replace your old springs proactively for safety.

Unbalanced Doors

Your garage door should easily move up and down, even when you use manual operation. If your garage door is out of balance, it may be difficult to open your garage door manually. This could cause problems – it puts more stress and strain on your opening system and the door could also become unstable, slipping off the tracks. Get your door balanced for safety.

To prevent mishaps with your garage doors, schedule annual tune-ups and inspections. Your local garage door service company can perform a safety inspection and and complete any garage door repairs needed to keep your garage doors safe.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Causes of Garage Door Track Failure

One of the most dangerous occurrences that can happen with a garage door is track failure. When this occurs, the garage door can fall and crash down on anything below it. Since most garage doors are a few hundred pounds, this can cause serious injury or damage. Knowing what can cause this malfunction can help you prevent it from happening to protect your family and property. Here are the top causes of garage door track failure:

  • Direct hit. If you back your vehicle into your garage door or it gets a direct hit from another source, it can damage the alignment. It should be inspected to ensure that the tracking is still safe to prevent future derailment.
  • Damaged or bent tracks. If the tracked are dented or rusted, they can weaken and allow the garage door to slip off the tracks.
  • Cable problems. If a cable breaks, the door can derail and fall. Keep an eye on your cables. Look for fraying or other signs of wear and have them replaced as needed.
  • Roller issues. The rollers that move your garage door up and down the tracks can rust or become worn. If one or more breaks, it can put excessive stress on the tracks and other hardware, leading to a dangerous situation.

Most derailed garage doors happen due to an accidental direct hit, but the other causes are easily prevented with ongoing maintenance. Performing regular inspections of your garage door hardware can alert you to garage door repair issues, but you should also have a professional inspection and service performed on your garage door system at least once a year. This can help reduce wear with proper lubrication and identify parts that needed proactive replacement before they lead to track failure and garage door derailment.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

4 Important Garage Door Maintenance Tips

You use your garage door every day without a thought. In most cases, all you need to do is push a button and it slides easily open or closed. However, there are many moving parts on your garage opening system and the door itself that need maintenance to keep it working properly. Here are four important maintenance tips to prevent door failure and premature replacement.

  1. Keep your garage door clean and repaired. Garage doors are exposed to the elements and can become dirty and covered with mildew. Both the inside and outside of your garage door should be kept clean to prevent damage to the panels and hardware. If there is damage to the door, make sure to have it repaired or replaced immediately.
  2. Lubricate and inspect garage door opener. The mechanisms that move your garage door up and down need lubrication. Follow your garage door opener manufacturer’s recommendations for lubrication and inspect hardware for damage.
  3. Schedule needed tune-ups. Save time and trouble for yourself by scheduling a garage door tune-up once a year. This can improve the performance of your opening system and extend the life of both your opener and door.
  4. Replace weather stripping. springs and worn out hardware. Rusted screws, dented tracks, broken rollers, old springs and torn weather stripping should all be replaced as needed. Small repairs are much less expensive than the damage that can occur if they cause functional issues.

It does not take much time or money to maintain your garage door, but ignoring the needed maintenance can lead to garage door failure. Make sure to keep up with tune-ups and other maintenance to improve the safety and longevity of your garage door.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Why You Should Avoid DIY Garage Door Repairs

Do you have rollers that need replacement on your garage door or are you considering installing a new opener system? Before you try to tackle these repairs yourself, consider the risks. Garage door repair can be tricky – and dangerous. While many home repairs can be done by homeowners, here are a few reasons why you should not attempt DIY garage door repairs.

Safety First

Your garage door can weigh a few hundred pounds and has many moving parts. One wrong move when completing a repair on the tracks, rollers, spring or other components can lead to the door falling. You can seriously injure yourself completing the repair if you do not have the right tools or expertise.

In addition, if the repair is not done correctly, the door could fail at an inopportune time. The door could collapse on your vehicle, or worse, a family member. It is not worth the risk to the safety of your home and family to attempt most repairs unless you have had the proper training.

Protect Your Investment

Garage doors and openers are a significant investment into your home. You may save a small amount of money by trying to do a repair yourself, but it may be in vain. If done incorrectly, you could cause more damage than you save. Plus, most garage doors and openers must be installed professionally to be under warranty. Leave installation and repairs to the professionals to ensure your garage doors are safe and can last for many years.

When it comes to garage door repairs, hire a competent garage door service company to do the job safely. It is worth the cost to protect yourself and your family from this ill-advised DIY repair.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355