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How to Fix a Damaged Garage Door

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Ideally your garage door will be in great working condition at ALL times. But in reality, this isn’t always the case.

It’s very easy for your garage door to get damaged. This post looks at some common sources of garage door damage.

We’ll also look at some ways you can prevent your garage door from being damaged.

Rats and Mice

They say there is probably 1 rat or mouse for every human on earth. Think about that for a second. Shudder! If this is true, that means there are over 7 billion rats and mice!

Even if that isn’t true, I’m sure we all know rats and mice are EVERYWHERE. Especially in and around our homes. Rats and mice enjoy your garage! Usually it’s an easy room to access from the outside, and it offers protection from the elements.

Rats and mice love chewing on things, including wooden garage doors and cables, both garage and electric!

The damage for your garage door is not just cosmetic, but weakening the door and creating holes. The rats and mice can then use these holes to get in and out of your garage more easily.

When it comes to eating through wires and cables, this can pose a fire hazard as well as problems with your garage door support if a cable is rendered useless.

 

 

What can you do about rats and mice in your garage?

Some tips for keeping rats and mice out of your garage:

  1. Don’t keep trash in your garage. Rats and mice like hiding in and under trash, and eating it!
  2. Get a cat! Cats love eating rats and mice (yuck!) but also can chase them away!
  3. Get traps and check them regularly. This can help reduce the rat population in your garage. You can do this yourself, or hire a pest control to spray regularly and set/change your traps.

 

Hitting Your Garage Door

Another form of garage door damage is the door getting hit, especially with big force.

This generally happens when a car crashes or runs into your garage door. It can also happen if you use your garage as a workshop or workout studio with heavy weights and tools. One small mishap can have a large object hitting your door and damaging it.

How to Prevent Damage to Your Garage Door

A few things can help reduce the chances of your garage door being hit:

  1. Make sure the garage and surrounding area is well lit. When you get can see better, less accidents happen.
  2. Don’t allow teenagers to drive the car in and out of the garage. Let them start on the street!
  3. Create a barrier or reinforcement while you work in your garage so there is less chance of the main door being hit by something.

Rodents and general human accidents are the biggest contributors to damaged garage doors. We hope this post helped you think about a few ways you can improve the chances your garage door stays safe and protected!

Having your garage door serviced at least annually can help catch any problems or damage before they turn into a bigger problem!

If your garage door is damaged, and you’re in the Houston, Texas area, give us a call!

 

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Wrong Size Garage Door Spring Replacement

It is very important to use the correct size garage door springs when replacing the springs on your garage door. You also need to make sure you are using the right type of spring.

If your springs are too small for your door, then the door will be heavier than it should be for the opener. It can fall or wear out your opener easily. The springs will most likely break or snap more quickly too.

broken springs

The way to figure out the correct sized spring for your door, is to figure out the weight of the door. This is done with a common measuring tool garage door techs carry on their trucks.

There are 2 options once the weight of the door is determined.

  1. Install a single spring system. This is recommended for one car garage doors only or very light 2 car garage doors.
  2. Install a double spring system. This is the preferred installation for 2 car garage doors and all heavy garage doors.

If you want a 1 spring system on a 2 car garage door, it can work. But we don’t recommend for the following reasons:

  • Shorter Life Span: single springs don’t last as long as double springs. It’s a higher upfront cost, but lower over the life of the spring or springs.
  • Safety: Single spring systems carry a bigger risk of springs snapping while the door is in motion. If this happens, the door can fall quickly down and damage property or worse, a person.
  • Opener Wear and Tear: The door will be heavier, which will wear down the opener more quickly. More money to replace it sooner!

Conversely, there are some big advantages to installing a 2 spring system on your 2 car garage door.

  • They last longer! They can last up to twice as long as some single spring systems.
  • If a spring does break or snap while the door is moving, the 2nd spring acts as a backup to support the door so it doesn’t fall. It is VERY rare that both springs would snap at the same time.
  • 2 springs make your door much lighter, so the opener has a much easier time opening and closing it. This will allow your to get more years out of your opener.

You can see in the picture above the broken springs and the new ones we installed. You’ll notice they are MUCH bigger than the older springs. These old springs are ONLY 4 years old, and they already snapped! This is what happens when you put in the wrong size.

Correctly sizing your garage door springs will ensure accidents don’t happen.

If you’re in the Houston area, give Perfect Solutions a call so we can fit the proper size springs for your door and ensure your safety!

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