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Fall is getting closer, as evidenced by the leaves and temperatures dropping. It won't be long before winter actually arrives. You have probably already started preparing by cleaning out the fireplace and chimney, buying jackets for the family, and ensuring your car's battery is tuned up. However, have you checked on your garage door? If you rely on any form of mechanical equipment on a daily basis, then you need to make certain that it is ready for winter. Otherwise, you could run into trouble on a cold, wintery morning. With that being said, here are a few tasks that you need to perform this fall to ensure your garage door is ready for the colder weather:
Task #1: Replace Remote Batteries
Many people don't know it, but cold weather can do a lot of damage to devices that are powered by batteries. Therefore, if you haven't recently changed the batteries in any of the remotes for your garage door, fall is the best time to not only test them, but also replace the batteries if needed. If you are unsure whether the batteries need to replaced, then it is a good idea to go ahead and put new batteries in the remotes for peace of mind.
Task #2: Inspect Weather Stripping and Seals
All around your garage door (sides, bottom and corners) is all vulnerable to allowing cold air, ice and water to seep into your garage. If these areas are not carefully inspected to ensure that they are tightly sealed, they can cause your utility bills to skyrocket during the winter if your home and garage are connected.
If there is no weather stripping in place, it is crucial that it is installed during the fall. If weather stripping is in place, you need to take the time to carefully inspect it. Look for any signs of damage, such as weathering or cracking. The weather stripping needs to be tight to the wall/floor as well as the garage door so that no weather elements can enter the garage.
Task #3: Inspect the Drive Track
Finally, you want to carefully assess the condition of the drive track. Over time, due to excessive and repetitive use, the drive track may become obstructed or damaged. Therefore, before winter arrives, you need to check for any signs of damage or obstructions in the track and ensure that the garage door is moving along the rails efficiently and safely.
If you need assistance in preparing your garage door for winter, don't hesitate to reach out to a garage door service company, such as Shank Door.