What Every Homeowner Should Know about Garage Doors this Winter

Winter is the toughest season on garage doors. We want to inform you of all safety precautions for homeowners for their garage doors this winter season ensuring all entries and exits are safe and reliable. Being aware of the advice below will make winter an easier one for you.

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1. Know Where The Emergency Release.  
The single most important item is to know is where and how to use your emergency release! If your operator dies or you loose power, you should know how to get out of your garage. You can also have a battery backup garage door opener installed. Homeowners should know how to engage and re-engage the operator. Check out the video for a step by step demonstration. Keep in mind, if your operator is over 10 years old, it may be time to replace the Emergency Release Cord. 
2. Visible light from the exterior when your garage door is closed. 
This means that your seals may need to be replaced or adjusted, or that your door is not properly aligned in the opening. Visible light means the cold winter weather, rodents and pests can get into your garage. 
3. Listen to the Door Open and Close. Beware of squeals and grinding noises.
 However, particularly in the winter you want to be more aware because things tend to break more often than not during this season. If there are any noises such as squeaks, strains or a decrease in speed, these are all signs that you may need a repair or new product. It is recommended to get service done prior to the snowy months and sooner than later.  If you notice something is off, please give us a call and get your garage door repairs done today. Garage door repair costs are better than waiting until the storm hits and needing an entire new system. Door & Gate USA has you covered.
4. Make Sure The Door Doesn’t Get Frozen Shut!
Garage doors can freeze to the ground during ice storms or snowfalls. If someone tries to open the door and the door is stuck to the ground, the bottom section, retainer or bottom rubber could get damaged. It could also break the operator. Garage door operator costs can be expensive so be careful! Check if it is stuck and if it is, do not force it open! Pour warm water on the exterior to unfreeze and then the garage door should open back up.
We are available any time to answer your questions about our garage doors. Please call 215-529-8687. Door & Gate USA offers garage door repair services among many other services for commercial and residential properties. We are here to help your holiday season run smoothly in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Maryland.