Garage door springs safety tips



In the following article we will review useful tips that will help you maintain the safety of your garage door springs and your entire garage door system.

Did you know that the garage door is one of the biggest and yet the largest moving part in any typical office or home?  Actually this is a fact and because of its complexity and size, it should be treated with care if you want them to last longer. You should familiarize yourself with the various parts of a typical garage door in order to understand how to treat them with ultimate safety to maximize efficiency and reduce injuries related to breakage or lack of maintenance. And you should always remember to consult garagedoorcowboys dealers for safety information on the type of your door model. Below, I have outlined some of the general safety measures that you should take to prevent injuries that are related to garage door malfunctioning. If this safety measures are taken into consideration, your garage door will continue to work with maximum efficiency.

Replacing old springs

Springs that are found in your garage doors are arguably the most important and yet the most dangerous part of your garage door. In most cases, over a long period of time, these springs wear out. If these springs break, they may cause injury if caution is not taken. If your garage door springs have been in operation for a long time, you should call a trained door systems technician to replace them. Other wait for them to be broken but technicians strongly recommend replacement before they cause harm. By putting this safety measures, you will not only prevent the damages that are caused by spring breakage, but also ensure that your garage door is working efficiently.

Relieving tension on springs

Garage doors have extension and torsion springs and together with the attached hardware, you will find that they are always under extreme tension every time the door swings. You should release all tension from these springs before performing any work on the hardware, springs or even bottom door cable brackets. The work of relieving tension on the springs should be done by professionally trained people to prevent any breakage.

Use safety kit for extension springs

The work of extension or torsion springs is to balance garage doors. For the extension springs, you will find them placed perpendicularly to the closed garage door just above the horizontal track. The specific work of extension springs is to provide lifting power and they do this by stretching action. When extension spring breaks or they have broken parts, chances of causing injuries are very high. You should prevent them from causing injuries by installing a safety cable on the inside of each spring. If you have an extension cable that does not contain a safety cable, contact us company for safety inspection or any advice on the same. You should let an experienced technician or company to service your garage door springs.

 Check your springs once in a while

As I mentioned earlier in this article, your garage door is the one of the largest part in your home that is moving or used every day. With time, this door may break or wear out exposing some dangerous parts that can create safety problems in your home. You should check these springs once in a while to see whether they are worn out.  You should decide to have a weekly or monthly safety checks or diagnosis your garage doors in order to carry out the necessary maintenance. An annual inspection on your garage doors system by a trained garage door expert will enable your door to operate smoothly and safely over a long period of time.

Install safety cables

Extension springs enables garage doors to work with maximum efficiency. Technicians install safety cables that run through these extension springs while securing it to the ceiling or wall on the rear end. As mentioned earlier in this article, extension springs are always under high tension especially when the garage door is down and this may cause those springs to break down. Therefore, installing safety cables can contain the spring from breaking and as a result reduce the related injuries. You should call your local dealer to inspect your extension springs to see whether they have safety cables.

Personal safety

Because of the nature of operation of garage doors, you should ensure maximum personal safety. Fingers are the most affected parts, therefore are advised to take caution when handling the garage doors –more so when opening or closing it. You should place pinch-resistant joints in your garage door and also put gripping points or suitable lift handles in your garage door.  This will make handling, opening or closing the door easier. Even if there is an opener in your door, your door must be operated manually in most cases. Therefore you should never place your fingers between the sections on your door garage.  When manually closing or opening the door, you are advised to use safe gripping points or handles.

Use spray-on for squeaky springs

Garage springs, either extension or torsion springs can squeak or sometimes become be noisy when in operation. This problem is actually come when the doors are in normal operation and does not necessarily mean that the doors are having a problem. You should not rush into calling a professional service technician. Instead, you should use a use a spray-on lubricants. These sprays are normally recommended for garage doors. If you find out that the noise is persisting, you should then call a professional installer who has experience in garage door services. Tamper resistant brackets
These resistance brackets are attached to the springs on the garage door and in most cases, they are under extreme tension. For maximum protection, you are advised not to loosen them before removing all the tension present in the springs. Actually, they should be loosened or adjusted only by an experienced door systems technician. But you should worry less since many tamper resistant brackets manufacturers in these days include tamper resistant hardware that protect and prevent the brackets from loosening and they do this by the use of a novic

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