GARAGE DOOR MAINTENANCE – SPORES

Mold spores are dangerous and can cause unimaginable health problems along with huge expenses in moving costs, medical bills and property damage. Our Northglenn Garage Door Repair experts urge you to eliminate mold whenever it is found in your home or business location and that includes your garage! Usually when you think of mold growing, the mental image of a bathroom, kitchen or shed arises. Mold spores love humid, moist and dark environments that are also mostly unventilated. This of course can include your garage interior.

New garage mold proofing

Are you in the process of building your new home? Is the work commencing now or has it started recently? This is the perfect time to mold proof your new garage. It’s actually a simple process. Just be sure to not use materials that are hospitable to mold and its growth. These materials include wood and drywall and instead use a paperless version or vinyl siding or aluminum. Wood and paper are quite hospitable to mold spores so you’ll want to avoid using them as much as possible. They are actually food for the mold so if you eliminate the food source by using different building materials, you drastically cut down on mold’s ability to grow and thrive.

Existing garage mold proofing

Sometimes applying a coat of paint is all that is needed to mold proof your existing garage walls. As you know, mold eats paper and wood products much like they do the old food in your refrigerator. If the spores can’t get to the food source, they die out and don’t multiply. Also, be sure to keep your garage well ventilated as the air inside your garage really needs to be as moisture proof as possible. Our Northglenn, CO weather tends to be low humidity and that’s great for keeping mold growth to a minimum. We also realize that we do get humid spells once in a while and that many of our readers live elsewhere in more damp and moist climates like Florida or North Carolina.

Fix any leaks

This one is important. Not only can leaks cause further damage to your building structure, but the water or moisture that they bring can increase the humidity level inside your garage especially when trapped inside a closed space. If you discover a leaky roof or water heater, get it fixed as fast as possible and leave the garage door open to air the space out or if that is not possible, use fans to do the trick.

Mold removal

If you discover mold in your Northglenn garage, act fast to remove it! Don’t put it on your “to do list” for a future project; clean it up as soon as possible! Try and remove ALL of the mold spores that you find; leaving even a tiny amount will have it growing back with a vengeance. Look for mold growth on the garage door itself and also on the floor, walls and corners of the room. Of course, mold can grow on items inside the garage like cardboard boxes, books, rags, papers and other porous materials.

It’s best to use bleach in your mold cleanup efforts. You’ll be using your bleach mixture on both drywall and concrete surfaces as both are porous and a favorite growth area for dangerous mold to thrive in. Use one part bleach to four parts water when cleaning floors, walls or your garage door. Are your garage walls unfinished drywall? If so, spray your bleach mixture directly on it and let it soak in. Be sure to wear gloves if you are scrubbing bleach onto vinyl, concrete or wood surfaces. We recommend that you wear a respirator when cleaning or just leave the garage door open if you can.

Do I have to use bleach?

No, there are other good alternatives to using bleach for mold removal. One of them is vinegar. Another is tea tree oil and water. Use one part white vinegar and one part water. Be sure to not use the apple cider version; only the regular while one. You can add a tablespoon of dishwashing detergent to every quart of solution that you make for added strength. You can also use denatured alcohol, but be sure to use full strength. Either spray it on or wipe the surface with a sponge. Please make an effort to NOT breathe any fumes from these cleanings. As stated above, clean with your garage door open or use fans to recirculate the air. If cleaning in the winter or cold months, use space heaters to dry out the inside surfaces of your garage; remember; no moisture!

Word of warning!

Be careful to NOT use your bleach mixtures with ammonia or other chemicals. Toxic fumes may be the result. Another big NO is to use white vinegar with hydrogen peroxide. Please resist the urge to experiment and make your solutions extra strong! The mixtures mentioned above are in the right proportions and are safe so please stick to that.

More tips

Always remember that mold spores need moisture to survive and to grow. It doesn’t do any good to fix leaks and wipe up spills if you are going to overlook other, easy-to-do things like tracking snow or water into your garage by simply driving in to it from the outside and having it on your tires. This is something to watch out for all year long and not just with your car – moisture can be brought into your garage through skateboards, bicycles, motorcycles, lawn mowers and even snow shoes!

Be sure to keep mold inducing items to a minimum inside your garage. It’s always a good idea to store books, old newspapers, magazines and rags in non-cardboard containers. Plastic is not so good for the earth’s environment, but mold hates it and will not grow or thrive in dry, sealed plastic containers with no moisture in them. You can stop, prevent and eliminate mold spores in your Northglenn, CO garage; just be watchful, careful and responsive and you’ll be fine!

IF YOU ARE HAVING ANY TROUBLE WITH YOUR GARAGE DOOR OPENER, DON’T WORRY. HERE’S WHAT TO DO!

If you are facing problems with your garage door opener, there are a good number of reasons it’s on the fritz. Some are simple, and some are more complicated. Here are the possibilities and solutions.

Do It Yourself

Is your garage door opener running, but the garage door doesn’t move? In case there’s ever a power outage, your garage door opener has a disconnect switch, which makes it possible to open or close the garage door by hand. This switch is usually attached to a knob or rope, which can get unhooked inadvertently. Open or shut the door all the way, and then securely fasten the hook again. Try shutting or opening the door again using the transmitter, and it ought to work now.

Does the garage door not open using your remote? This is generally easily resolved. 1) You may be too far out of range from your garage door. 2) Maybe you just need to charge or replace the batteries. 3) The garage door motor antenna is blocked from the signal or it’s damaged. 4) Perhaps your remote has to be reprogrammed.

Does your garage door go down all the way, yet then open again? In all probability, your garage door opener’s open-and-shut limit settings are malfunctioning. These settings send instructions to the garage door opener, telling it how far the garage door has to go before it is totally closed. If it’s set too high, the door will hit the floor before the opener thinks it should, because it assumes that the door is touching something in its path; then, it reverses automatically, to keep from smashing it. Your operator’s manual contains instructions on how to reset the open-and-shut limits.

Is the garage door just not closing at all? Your garage door has a small photo eye sensor on each side. There’s an invisible laser beam between them, which, when broken, stops the garage door from shutting. Check to see if they’re misaligned, or grimy.

Does your garage door randomly open and close? If your garage door is opening or closing all by itself, look at the transmitter. It could be wedged under an object that is inadvertently pressing down on the control mechanism. For example, the transmitter might be beneath items that you’ve left in your car, or somewhere else close by. Test the transmitter’s frequency, too; it’s probable that your neighbor has the same exact frequency as yours.

Does the garage door opener run for several seconds, and then turn off? When your garage door still won’t budge, the door stays closed, and the motor tries but fails to lift the door. First off, determine whether the springs are the issue. If not, examine the track for any tiny obstacles, grime, or dirt. If none of these is the culprit, then see if your garage door is the kind with a built-in lock that’s accidentally engaging; this often occurs with older garage doors.

Complex Issues Calling for Professional Attention

Does your garage door close only part way, but then open again? A garage door is designed with a reversing mechanism to prevent it from smashing something in its path. The reversing instruction can be activated by any object on the floor that’s blocking the door’s path, such as a trash can, box, or bike. Another likelihood is there’s a build-up of debris on the tracks ~ grime, dirt, or a minute object ~ which will stop the rollers from moving. This is a major problem, so it’s time to contact a garage door repair technician.

Does your garage door not open at all? The springs are likely broken, requiring repair or replacement. If so, you need the expertise of a garage door repair professional.

Does your garage door slam down with a loud bang? This is frequently an indication of a broken spring, which counters the garage door’s weight. Or, the cables are broken. Either way, this is bad, so call a garage door repair technician.

Maybe your garage door track is out of alignment. If the garage door’s metal track isn’t aligned properly, it definitely won’t move. Are there any bends in the rails? Do you notice any gaps between the rollers and the rail? The significant weight of the garage door will compound these issues as time passes, so don’t procrastinate on getting it serviced. Before your garage door becomes dangerous, find a professional.

DON’T EVER TRY to adjust the garage door by yourself! If you don’t have the garage door serviced correctly, your garage door springs can cause serious injury, and can even death. The garage door drums, cables, and bottom brackets might also need adjusting. Don’t take any risks! If you live anywhere in Northglenn, Colorado, consider hiring a mobile garage door repair specialist on staff at a legitimate garage door repair company, such as Northglenn Garage Door Repair.

Take Precautionary Measures

Each year, before winter arrives, lubricate your garage door hinges, rollers, and springs. Reputable garage door technicians will advise you to lubricate four times per year. A light coating is all that is required. Choose a top-name brand, so it won’t dry out. If you do not lubricate, then sooner or later the garage door springs will rust, and, ultimately, the coils will bind up against each other.

Schedule an annual inspection with a respectable local garage door repair service. Springs, cables, wires, and pulleys all call for close attention from an expert.

Once a month, thoroughly look over your garage door system’s components. Tighten any loose bolts. Replace any worn-out parts. If you hear any odd noises when your garage door shuts and opens, do not ignore it. You ought to consult a garage door professional immediately.

Garage door maintenance takes minimal effort, and really not a lot of time on your part. When you keep your garage door in tiptop shape, it will be less costly to maintain, and last a lot longer overall.

Northglenn Garage Door Repair: Tips To Extend The Life Of Your Garage Door

Your garage serves an important role within your home, serving as an additional area of storage, a place to protect your cars from bad weather, and even serves as an emergency escape route during an unforeseen incident. While all of these are great when your garage door is in tip top condition, having it fail at the most critical of times, especially when you may not be at home, can compromise the integrity of the whole room as well as the security it’s meant to provide.

The garage, which is often overlooked, does benefit from regular maintenance and like any other mechanism within your house, the garage door also needs a little extra TLC to keep running for a long time to come. There are hundreds of tips that could extend the life of your garage door out there, but only a few really seem to help in the long run.

Get some one and one time with your garage door

The garage is often personified as the “mouth” of your house, so getting up close and personal should become a comfortable experience for you. While a glance once in a while can tell you if it is likely to fall down or not, actually looking with a higher level of scrutiny can easily extend the life of your garage door.

To start, the first thing you’ll want to do is take a look at your garage door from inside while it’s completely closed. As Northglenn Garage Door Repair in Northglenn, CO often tells their clients, if you can see any visible light streaming in from the seams or any other gaps including under the door, then it more than likely means your garage is not properly aligned. The importance of a properly aligned door is to keep out the cold and elements and increase insulation within your home. Having a misaligned door is an immediate sign that some sort of maintenance is needed.

If it happens to pass that test, your next step of visual inspection will be to take a look at the system itself. This includes the garage door springs, cables, rollers, and other hardware that make up the garage door opening and closing mechanisms. If any of these seem to be in the wrong place, compare them to the other sides of the garage, or speak with an expert, as often if it looks out of place, it probably is. The final visual (well half auditory) test you can do, is to open and shut your garage door and listen to the sounds that come from the cycle. If you hear a creaking or scraping sound, try and see if you can’t isolate exactly what piece is causing it and have it serviced ASAP.

Check the balance of your garage door

While the visual test was mostly from an observer’s point of view, this balance test focuses on a more physical and involved examination. Even if you’re positive your door slides up and down without any problems, checking the door’s balance is a smart tip to make sure there aren’t any issues and can prevent any future expensive repair bills because you didn’t.

To perform this test, the first thing you need to do is disconnect any automatic garage door openers you may have while making sure the door is in the closed position. Next, you want to manually attempt to lift the door up which should move smoothly and easily with little to no resistance. Let the garage door rise to the very top and watch to see if the garage door stays up without any additional help. If it wiggles or begins to slide back down on its own, this is a sign of the door being unbalanced and will need to be serviced by an expert.

However, if it succeeds in the first part of this test, try moving in the opposite direction. If the door is operating as it should, you can move it to the point where it should begin moving down on its own at a slow yet deliberate pace. Even better, the door should stop at whatever position you leave it in if perfectly balanced. What you don’t want to see is the door slamming down to the ground with an alarming speed. This is again a sign that there is something wrong with the door’s balance or the springs holding the door. Seeking an expert for spring adjustment is the correct course of action here as trying to do it on your own can harm your door if you’re not careful.

Clean and lubricate your garage door hinges, rollers and track

This is by far the most important tip anyone can know for extending the life of a garage door. In the name itself, we see the word door but we treat it like just a part of the house. As with any door that is squeaky, rusting, or just not working exactly like we’d like, lubricating the track with the proper solution can add many cycles to the life of a garage door. The first way to ensure the continued function of one of these is to clean your garage door track. Instead of using water or anything else that can gunk up the works, use a broom or Swiffer to brush away any dust and debris. Different objects like dirt and spider webs can be found within but removing them can increase balance without too much worry. You can follow this same method for the other parts of the garage door assembly until it looks relatively clean.

Once you’ve gotten the track and the other parts cleaned up, lubricate the door hinges, rollers, and track with a light coating of spray silicon lubricant. Be careful not to apply too much because again, any additional build up will cause collection of additional unwanted debris.

By applying these tips and regularly following these practices, you can effectively extend the life of your garage door without much effort. If you do happen to ever encounter an issue during your visual or balance tests then be sure to contact an expert before the problem gets worse. An unbalanced garage door will always lead to a door that no longer works as intended and can end up costing far more than taking action early by contacting a trained garage door repair team.

Troubleshooting and Fixing Common Garage Door Issues

Don’t make it a habit to continue ignoring problems that you may experience with your garage door. This could cost you more than just money. When you have garage door problems, you are risking your life and that of anyone inside your car. You also risk your car being damaged by a fallen garage door. Now we realize that this may sound a little drastic, however, these are things that we see very often. This is why we encourage you to contact us at the first sign of trouble at North Glenn Garage Door Repair. However, even if you don’t call us, you should still pay close attention to how your garage door is performing so that you can address the problem on your own if it isn’t too dangerous to do. There are some things that are best handled by a qualified and trained professional. No matter how small the problem may appear to be, we assure you that the problem will get worse if you do not address it as quickly as possible.

If you have recently had a garage door installed, you should know that there may be something that was not properly installed and this could be the cause of your problem. Don’t ignore it, whatever you do. If you want to go on using your garage door like usual, you will have to address your issue. The problems that most people experience with their garage door are usually pretty common. They are things that you may be doing to contribute to the problem and may be fairly simple resolutions. Usually, this is the case with most common garage door problems. There is no question that we would love to gain your business but if there is something that you can handle on your own, we encourage you to do so. We’ll always be here when you need us. However, in the meantime, let us tell you about some of the most common garage door problems and how you can troubleshoot and resolve them (wherever possible).

  • Noises When Using Your Garage – If you begin to hear something unfamiliar when you start to open or close your garage door, you can be should definitely pay closer attention to the condition of your garage door. Noises that you hear are an indication that something is wrong. In most cases, there are parts that need to be lubricated or that are loose. Any loose parts should be tightened up. You can also lubricate the moving parts of your garage. If the problem is resolved, call on our technicians and we’ll be able to identify the problem for you in no time.
  • Door Reverses – Hit the limit switch. If you have this feature, it will be on the back of the garage door opener and will read up or down. You may need to consult the manual to determine how to reset the switch. If this doesn’t stop the door from continuing to reverse, you may also be able to use the close force feature. By turning the knob clockwise, you will be able to make the necessary adjustments.
  • Motor Keeps Running – If your door is opening and closing like it should yet the motor continues running, this could mean that your limit switch needs adjusting. You might begin to do this a little at a time and then checking to see if this turns the motor off. If it doesn’t, you’ll need to contact a service professional to evaluate the problem and stop the motor from continuing to run.
  • Don’t Won’t Close Completely – If something is blocking your garage door’s safety sensors this will prevent the door from completely closing. The sensors are meant to protect you from your door coming down on top of something or someone. You’ll have to make sure that there is nothing blocking the sensors. Dirt can also build up on the lenses. Take a soft cloth and a non-abrasive cleaner and gently clean the lenses. If you rub it too hard, you could scratch and damage the lenses. If the sensors are not aligned, this will also cause the door to stop before going any further. If you gently tap the lenses, often times you can bring them back into alignment. As long as the lights on both of them are lit, you should be good to go.
  • Garage Door is Stuck – If your garage door is stuck either open or closed, don’t panic since it can be operated manually. There is an emergency release cord attached to your garage door opener. Once you pull on this string, your door will disengage and you will be able to manually open or close the door.

If your door continues to stick, you might need to reboot the garage door opener. There is also an indicator light on your opener that alerts you to where your problem is. It might just be something as easy as changing the batteries in your transmitters or a tripped breaker. If you have been experiencing electrical issues, this is the first place we would suggest you check.

You could have worn springs. When the springs are worn, they will not be strong enough to lift your heavy door. Allow a qualified and trained expert garage door service technician to evaluate the problem for you. They know how dangerous working on garage door springs can be and in order to avoid a mishap, it is a good idea to allow them to handle the job of repairing or replacing your garage door springs.

At the end of it all, we would say, yes, go ahead and probe to see where the problem is. If the issue cannot be easily resolved, don’t hesitate to contact the services of a garage door repair service, such as North Glenn Garage Door Repair. We always tell our customers that it is best that they veer on the side of caution by contacting us to troubleshoot and fix the problem.