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.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
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.

Posted on behalf of:
Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Spring Garage Door Maintenance and Cleaning

Your garage door opens and closes a thousand times or more every year. To keep it working smoothly, it needs maintenance. Spring is a great time to inspect your garage door for damage after a long winter that can take its toll; it is also when a good cleaning or repairs may be needed on your doors to keep them looking like new. Here are some tips for spring garage door maintenance.

Inspect Your Garage Door

First, take a good look at your garage door. Is there wear or tear on the panels, dents, rust, warped wood or peeling paint? Not only does this look poorly, it can affect the safety and function of the door. Secondly, inspect the hardware. Look at the rollers, cables and tracks of your system. If any parts look worn, you will need to get them replaced by a professional.

Lubricate the Hardware

It is important for the metal moving parts to stay lubricated on your garage doors. The hinges, rollers and springs need lubrication added about once a year to reduce wear, tear and rust. This is usually done during a regular tune-up of your garage door system by a service company, but you can lubricate the hardware on your own.

Paint, Clean and Repair

Spring is a good time to clean your garage door, repaint or replace parts that are needed. Functional parts should be the top priority, but a clean, freshly painted/stained garage door also will add to the beauty of your home.

While you can do some maintenance on your garage door yourself, if a spring, rollers or panels needed replacement, make sure to call a professional garage door service to have these garage door repairs completed safely.

Posted on behalf of:
Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists

Is Your Garage Door Lock Disabled?

Did you know your garage door has an outdoor lock? You probably see it every day, yet rarely will ever need to use it. Garage doors generally come with a manual lock that you can use to secure your garage if you don’t have an electronic garage door opener or it is not working. Day in and day out, you open and close your garage door with no problems as long as that manual lock is disabled. But what happens if you accidentally manually lock the door and then try to use your opener?

If you engage your garage door opener when the door is manually locked, you could damage your garage door, the opener or both. You may think that this would never happen but it actually happens quite frequently. The manual lock is used during a power outage or maybe the kids were playing with it – whatever the cause, when you go to use your opener, that powerful force pulls against a door firmly locked, often causing expensive damages. So what can you do to prevent this?

There are ways to permanently disable your manual lock or make it difficult to accidentally engage. One method that garage door service companies use is installing a lock rod that will prevent the manual lock from being used unless the rod is removed. This simple fix can prevent hundreds of dollars or more of damage to your garage door system in the event your garage door is ever locked on accident.

If you are unsure of how to disable your manual garage door lock, call your local garage door service company. They can help you disable or add a lock rod to your door to prevent any future problems.

Hiring a Garage Door Professional

You have a much needed repair for your garage door, or you need a new garage door installed.  Can you hire the local handyman to do this?  You are often better off if you hire a professional with expertise in garage doors, openers, and installation and repair. These garage door professionals are usually licensed, insured and bonded.

How do you know if you are hiring the right person for your garage door project?

First, spend some time talking to the contractor.  Ask to see copies of their insurance paperwork, making sure that they have both liability and worker’s compensation insurance. 

Find out how long the contractor has been in business.  New businesses are not necessarily bad, but you want a contractor who knows the garage door industry and the business, and is experienced in your project.

Honestly discuss with your contractor your price expectations.  Expect to see a written estimate for the project, and ask about any unanticipated overages.  How often does this contractor’s projects go ‘over’?  Make sure always to receive a written estimate.

Find out if the contractor is a member of the local better business bureau.  Contact your local better business bureau to find out if any complaints or reports have been filed.

Finally, use a reputable local company.  Local companies thrive off of local business, and are more likely to be around if you have a problem or concern down the road.  The last thing you want is to be half way through your project and your contractor ‘disappear’.