We’re rolling things along with our focus on Garage Door Safety Month. We’ll take a look at some helpful advice on what to do when someone hits your garage door (yes, it does happen – all of us are in a hurry at one time or another).
If someone has backed into your garage door– it’s crrrrunnnch time – as in you have a limited amount of time to protect the safety of your business or home! A partially open garage door poses security concerns if the garage provides access into your home or business. It is also your responsibility as a business owner for liability reasons. Therefore, it’s a good idea to have the door inspected as soon as possible and/or repaired by a trained service technician such as the Professionals at Omega Door and Hardware where 24/7 services are a standard business practice.
Keeping safety first and foremost, remember that even if the door doesn’t appear to be severely damaged, the operating system may have become misaligned and wear prematurely, creating what could be a dangerous environment.
Here at Omega Door and Hardware, these types of garage door calls come in more often than one would believe. “Someone just backed into our garage door,” a Customer usually says with a sullen sigh.
There are cables that could snap and springs that are under a lot of pressure so do not attempt to fix the door yourself. Your sectional roll-up garage door is composed of at least three hinged panels (usually steel, although some are wooden). When weighing costs and benefits, remember that safety is paramount. If there is any kind of damage, do not continue to open and close your garage until you can repair or replace the door.
What if the garage door is stuck open?
Again, that open garage door is a concern. If you only tapped the door and there isn’t very much damage, you can manually close the door, but don’t use force. “The automatic opener is only putting as much force or pull as you would by hand, so if the door is stuck or heavy, you could damage the opener, motor, chain or belt by applying too much force,” says Tom Perro, co-owner of highly rated Royal Doors located in Florence, New Jersey.
You should call for emergency services and a service technician will try to get there as soon as possible. Take care out there, and stay tuned for more Garage Door Safety Info from Omega Door and Hardware of Kansas City.