Last summer, we spent a long weekend at the beach for our 16th anniversary. We had a great time… until we came back home. That’s when we discovered the garage door wouldn’t open. At first we couldn’t figure out why. My wife and I are not exactly garage door experts. The only thing we know about garage doors is that you push the button on the remote to open and close the door. We eventually found the cause of the problem — one of the garage door springs broke. Then we had to quickly track down a professional to fix the spring because the other car was stuck inside. This is actually what this blog post is about: maintaining a garage door and hiring a qualified professional. BTW, thanks to GarageDoorCare.com, I’m giving away a $25 Visa gift card on my dad blog.
Until recently, I didn’t know homeowners can minimize repairs by maintaining their garage door. I know this should be obvious, but like many people, I don’t give my garage door a second thought until something doesn’t work right. By then, it’s too late. If your car is stuck in the garage (like our car), you have to quickly find someone to repair it. But you can prolong your garage door and reduce your repair costs with the GarageDoorCare.com free three-step program to help homeowners:
- Lubricate your garage door twice a year (it’s easier than you think)
- Sign up for a free twice-a-year email garage door lubrication reminder
- Find a trusted, local garage door pro well in advance of a problem
Lubricate Your Garage Door
Most homeowners (like me) have never lubricated their garage door. That’s why you may hear squeaks and groans. Over time, that could lead to trouble. But lubricating a garage door is easy. A quick visit to GarageDoorCare.com will show you how to lubricate the door, rollers and hinges. Five minutes of your time and a five dollar spray can of garage door lubricant that you can pick up at your local hardware store are all you need to potentially save a costly service call down the road. The website also demonstrates several other easy steps homeowners can take to keep their door in peak operating condition.
You don’t need to wait for the squeaks and groans to start up before lubricating your door again. A good rule of thumb is to lubricate your door twice a year (like when you change your clocks to and from daylight savings time). The International Door Association (IDA), a worldwide trade association of garage door and access professionals (and the sponsor of GarageDoorCare.com) invites consumers to register for twice-a-year emails that will remind them that it’s time to lubricate the garage door. And signing up doesn’t mean a flood of emails or sales calls. Two simple emails a year… that’s all.
Find a Qualified Professional
Sometimes despite your best maintenance efforts, your garage door will need professional attention. Unfortunately no amount of lubrication can keep a worn out spring from breaking. When your garage door stops working you’ll need a professional. It’s not something a homeowner should try to repair themselves — a garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in a home, and can cause severe injuries or even death if damaged or misused. That’s when identifying a pro well ahead of time will pay off. Use GarageDoorCare.com’s Find a Qualified Professional page to find experienced, local garage door service and repair businesses that are IDA members committed to operating their businesses by the IDA Code of Business Conduct. This commitment to professionalism and safety goes a long way in helping homeowners avoid unscrupulous firms that sell unneeded parts and overcharge customers.
Garage Door Care Giveaway
Thanks to GarageDoorCare.com, a reader of my dad blog will win a $25 Visa giftcard. The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the contest is Friday, April 1st (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the USA. If you don’t see an entry form below, please wait for the Rafflecopter giveaway form to load (or refresh the browser).
[Disclosure: The giveaway prize will be provided by GarageDoorCare.com, but they are not the administrators of the contest on my dad blog. I am not liable for the prize. I will receive something for hosting this contest. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]