Garage Door Maintenance + $25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Once our garage door was installed, I am pretty sure we never looked at it again.  The International Door Association (IDA) sent me a gift card with another to giveaway in hopes to get the word out about Garage Door Maintenance.  The IDA conducted a survey to find out how consumers were maintaining their garage doors. I am one of the 54 percent that have never had a garage door and/or garage door opener safety check performed by a professional garage door/dealer installer.  It never even crossed our mind!

If you're like me and don't know where to start on garage door maintenance, the IDA has a list of tasks homeowners can do to test the safety of their doors.  A few tips include -

Monthly visual inspection. Stand inside the garage with the garage door closed. Look over the garage door springs, cables, rollers, pulleys and mounting hardware, such as hinges, for signs of wear or damage. Look for cable wear or fraying. Is the mounting hardware becoming loose? If something doesn’t look quite right – or doesn’t sound quite right – it could be the symptom of a more serious issue. Have the garage door system inspected by a trained service technician.

Monthly door balance test. If your door is equipped with an automatic opener system: close the door and disconnect the automatic opener. Once you are able to lift the door manually: Lift the door. It should lift smoothly with little resistance and should remain fully open. If it is difficult to open or does not remain open, the door may be out of balance and should be serviced by a trained service technician.

Semi-annual lubrication. Apply a small amount of spray lubricant to the door’s hinges, rollers and tracks.

Visit garagedoorcare.com to learn more about garage door maintenance and other results from the survey.

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180 comments:

Monica said...

Never, maybe we should start.

Thanks!

Lisa Brown said...

I never do safety checks on my garage door system.

steve weber said...

I have never done one, I probably should now.

heatherp626 said...

Got to be honest, I've had my own house for 10 years now and I have never done a garage door safety check. Never entered my mind, but now I'm going to have to do that!

heatherp626@msn.com

Mami2jcn said...

I haven't done safety checks yet. I should!

Angie Church said...

we no longer have a garage door at our new home but at our old home yes my husband did safety checks

suburban prep said...

Yes.
Because the bedroom is right over the garage.

Karen Glatt said...

I have not done safety checks, but I need to do this. I will get my nephew to help me with this.

Pink and Green Mom said...

I have not but I will now!

akronugurl said...

i have not

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Denise S. said...

No, I've never done safety checks, but I guess I should.

peg42 said...

No, never thought of it before, but I will check now.

kellyr78 said...

I don't do safety checks on my garage doors.
kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

Betsy said...

I never thought to do them when I had the automatic opener, now I just have a carport!

Mysharona said...

I do , but just got a new system and recheck.

arress said...

I will now.., Never thought to check before.

kathyluman said...

I don't have a garage door so no safety checks for me.

Schaefer Clan said...

No, but we should, since we got stuck out earlier this year!

Schaefer Clan said...

No, but we should, since we got stuck out earlier this year!

Susan Christy said...

I've never done a safety check on my garage door, but I am definitely going to start.

Elle said...

I don't do safety checks but I definitely should.

dannyscotland said...

Ours opens manually, and we have never done safety checks on it. We rarely use it, though, because the garage is used as storage and it's a mess. I would love to get some organization in there so we could use it more often. It needs a new lock, too, because the original owners didn't have a key to the garage. So we have to go all the way in through the house to get into the garage every time.

B. Wilson @ Windy {City} Wilsons said...

No... terrible! (lynn w on rafflecopter)

MELINA said...

I don't do safety checks on my garage door.

Tamra said...

Sure don't, but guess I should!

rachel said...

We haven't yet!

jeccica simpson said...

I have never done a check, but my hubby fixes it if there would be a problem

Shelly H. said...

We have only lived in our house for 2 years now and YES, my hubby does the safety checks but not as often as he should. I need to get him on that task more often!

mary casper said...

We have never done a safety check on our garage door
cathycasper@hughes.net

buzzd said...

No but we should do one

Stephanie Phelps said...

I have not ever checked them but I will be going to!

Pixystik4U said...

not now but i probably should!

pixystik4u at gmail dot com

Michelle S. said...

No, my garage door is in bad shape and I do not have the money to replace it since it is an odd sized door it is expensive.

Kim said...

I don't right now because ours is broken. But once we get it replaced we are going to be more diligent about doing so.

Beth w said...

We have in the past but our door now doesn't get checked as often as it should.

Courtnie Miller said...

No I do not do safety checks, but after reading this, I should!

bettycd said...

Yes - I have done safety checks on both our garage doors.

Kimberly said...

I have never done a safety check. Sounds like its something I should be doing.

JC said...

We have our garage door checked by professional regularly.

GoldenOrchard said...

My landlord does a safety check since he owns our parking space

goldengoddiss09(at)gmail(dot)com

sohamolina said...

I do a safety check.

Carla Dunn said...

No I do not. Now's a good time to start.

Mendy Dinsmore said...

Yes, I do. It makes my hubby mad that I'm paranoid. I tell him it's all these crazy movies he makes me watch. LOL Thanks for the chance to win.

Melissa said...

I haven't before, but now I will.

Florence Wilson said...

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Anonymous said...

I never have

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Kelly Tupick said...

No, we do not do safety checks on our garage door. Although we should. It is not shutting right at the moment and I think it needs to be re-set.

Saundra McKenzie said...

Yes we do safety checks on our garage doors. With small grandchilren around, it is a must.

sweepmom said...

We did them when we installed the garage door openers but have not done them since.

stOOpidgErL said...

We do not have a garage at the house we rent.

Michelle White said...

Sadly no. But we rarely open the bay doors since there are smaller entrances.

Ann Fantom said...

Yes, my husband maintains our garage doors.

abfantom at yahoo dot com

Kim said...

not often but we should!

Heather! said...

Well, we don't have a garage, so we don't have a garage door. That makes maintenance difficult! :)

Barbara Montag said...

No we haven't been doing safety checks - time to start!
thank you

Ashley said...

I haven't, but now I feel like I need to ASAP!

demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

freebiequeen15 said...

I didn't know there was even safety checks to be done on garage doors!

Robin O said...

I am not in the habit of doing safety checks on my garage door...but I should. Thank you!

Crystal said...

I don't have a garage, so that's one chore I get out of!

Tracy R said...

I am an apartment dweller, so I don't have a garage door that I am responsible for. If I'm ever lucky enough to be a homeowner, I will keep in mind what I learned about the importance of garage door safety checks.

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Tammy Woodall said...

No, I don't do safety checks, but I definitely need to start doing so.

Mary Jenkins said...

We don't have a garage currently. But I'm sure we will again in the future. (Army family. Move a lot..) But I never checked garages doors when we had one. I didn't know we needed to!

msmaryjenkins@gmail.com

guettel78 said...

I haven't done so, but now that I know the risks, I certainly will!

Geoff K
gkaufmanss at yahoo dot com

Stephen Saunders said...

I haven't done any safety checks on the garage door other than just to glance at it and make sure it isn't falling apart. haha

Maria Bouchard said...

I don't have garage doors just an open driveaway.

Jessica said...

I don't-never thought about it before.

ide2678 said...

We haven't but my husband needs to.

Amanda said...

We don't have a garage door! :-) But if we did, more than likely we wouldn't! LOL

Gina H. said...

Don't have a garage, live in a condo.

Kelly Commerford said...

I don't have one. But I would certainly keep it safe if I did.

Terra Heck said...

We don't own a garage but I think it's important to do safety checks on garage doors. Thanks.
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Gina Wildorchid said...

I don't do safety checks on my garage door...I never really thought about it before! :)

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Thanks for the chance to win!
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Deborah Wellenstein said...

We ordinarily don't, but after reading this, we are going to start!

Krista W. said...

I haven't... but will now!

Thomas Murphy said...

Yes I do safety checks on my garage door.

rounder9834 @yahoo.com

Nadya said...

we don't use our garage door. sounds like a good idea to check though

D Schmidt mummytotwoboys said...

We do safety checks, we read some information a few months ago and realized how important it is.

Ken Ohl said...

no I don't but I will start. Thankyou, Ken pohl19@comcast.net

Amanda Sakovitz said...

I don't do safety checks.

Pat said...

I don't have a garage door, but if I did, I would definitely check it

Jessica To said...

I don't do safety checks but I really need to.

Ashley T. said...

I don't have a garage door but I would check them if I did.

618mom said...

Our door is broke right now but when it wasnt yes. I am paranoid with 3 kids

KJ Skib said...

My husband does, I don't and he just installed a new, quiet one.

Debra Pearlstein said...

Yes, we've had a scary experience before with ours!

Burning Moon said...

We just moved into a new home but no so far we haven't checked yet as we don't park in the garage we just use it for storage.

Some Lucky Dog said...

Yes we do!
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Donice O said...

I don`t have a garage. Our house `s garage has been converted to a nice sunken den.

Janna Johnson said...

I don't have a garage but wish I did!

Donna Hufman Warrington said...

We live in a very old house that still has it's original garage door, very old, all wooden, very cool and the only thing we keep in the garage are lawn tools....withthat said I don't go in there that often and to answer your question, NO, we have not done anything at all to the door...

ThriftyAnnabella said...

I don't do safety checks - we only have a carport
annabella @ centurytel dot net

Jen said...

Nope never thought of doing that! Pretty much only lube it up if it starts squeaking.

Heidi said...

We just moved into a home last year with a double garage. We've never had a garage before so I've never even thought of doing that, but I guess we should now!

Becca said...

We actually don't have an automatic garage door opener so we rarely open our garage :(

Kristen said...

No, I don't do anything about that.

Kit Kat said...

I really don't check my garage door at all.

Tara said...

We don't do safety checks, but we should!

Patricia Wojnar Crowley said...

Not a formal check, but I'm sure my husband would notice if something wasn't right.

jakiesmom said...

No we haven't

Kats Adventure Book said...

We never have. Maybe we should...

Carolyn Gonzalez said...

We do not but maybe we should

ColleenMarie82 said...

No, and i guess I should start.

Tamar said...

We don't but we broke it so it was recently repaired.

1993wel said...

No, I never have. I guess it's a good idea.

smilekisses said...

Yes, my hubby does check our garage doors.

clc408 said...

I don't do safety checks but I guess I should.

Marti Tabora said...

I have not done safety checks, it's not something I have ever really thought about.

Anonymous said...

No I don't do safety checks but I've had them repaired a few times Rosanne rosans4@comcast.net

Lesley said...

We don't have a garage, but my mom always had hers checked every year!

amanda whitley said...

i have never done a safety check. never occurred to me to.

MamaHen said...

I have never even thought about it.
Wendy Clark
clarksrfun at gmail dot com

bbrittbrat1398 said...

I have never, but I will start.
Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

llinda29 said...

I do not do safety checks on your garage door.

Shelly Peterson said...

I have not but I should.

kyl neusch said...



We haven't yet!

slehan said...

I put WD40 on it.
Thanks for the contest.

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Priscilla S. said...

I don't but I definitely should!

Kathleen Mc said...

I wouldn't say I do safety checks officially, but I glance up at it and listen to how it sounds on a regular basis.

Candace Byars said...

This is not something I have done before, but I believe I will be starting to now!

Jennifer Lachman said...

No I don't do safety checks.

katy said...

No, I have never done a garage door safety test. Good idea.

Wanda McHenry said...

We don't have a garage.

LauraJJ said...

I dont really do checks, but I do watch our garage door go down each time and listen for any odd noises!

Dawn Ganey said...

I don't have a garage door, but I do lock all m doors & windows.

KPort207 said...

No I don't

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dawn keenan said...

I've never really thought about it until now. You can be sure I will.

auntietina said...

My boyfriend does those sorts of things. He's already had to fix a spring and adjust the whole garage door setup.

Katherine said...

Yup, we do safety checks in my family

Adella Gonzalez said...

No, but I will now! :)

Natalie said...

I admit I do not do regular safety checks but after reading this, I will be performing regular checks.

Nicole C. said...

No, we don't, but we really should!

Anonymous said...

The only time I've ever thought about the garage door was when the spring broke the coldest night of the year! But besides that, we've never done anything.

amanda.townsend2 @ gmail.com

Robin T said...

I don't do check on the door but I think I should.

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Rose-Marie said...

Yes, I do. I have a new garage opener, but I still check it, even so.

amp said...

I live in a condo complex and we do not have garages so need for a safety check.

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Melissa Tippie said...

No, I have never done a safety check on your garage door. Never even heard of it until now. Will start. Thank-you for a great giveaway!

frvetere said...

I do-constantly!
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Michelle said...

I don't but my husband is really great about thinking of safety issues and doing routine checks and maintenance. Thanks for the chance to win!
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linda brooks said...

No never have

Birdie Bee said...

Safety checks are frequently done as I had a bad experience about 8 years ago & was close to being seriously hurt my the broken garage door spring.

Vera P said...

Never did checks before, will be now though.

virgil poore said...

we dont have a garage but we do have a building out behind the house that is kinda like our garage but i do safety checks and make sure it is good to go

Makaela T said...

I don't have a garage door, but when we did it wasn't automatic!

CJ Godfrey said...

Yes, I do safety checks on my garage doors.

susan1215 said...

No, and I guess I should start

Daniel M said...

haven't done any safety checks yet - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Pamcakes said...

No, we have never done one. Looks like we should!
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smdrm said...

No I haven't done safety checks.

Jill Myrick (jsc123) said...

Yes, my husband does do safety checks on our garage doors.

jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

Nicole Millheim said...

yES WE DO

stowelljg said...

Not on a regular basis, but I did have a spring break. When it was replaced, they inspected the entire assembly.

Peggy Rydzewski said...

I have not but I will since reading this.

Lovemy Ace said...

I have never really thought about doing checks before

yellowlabs said...

My husband does safety checks periodically.

SexyBrat said...

I do not do safety checks on our garage door.

Alisha Sienkiel said...

No I have not thought about it before.

Rebecca Lock said...

No, I have not done a safety check.

Lisa Weidknecht said...

Not me, but my husband does.

Bakersdozen said...

No. I really don't. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jennifer Reed said...

We do not do safety checks on our garage door currently.

Roxann said...

No, I have never done a safety check on my garage door.

terri142 said...

I have never done a safety check on our garage door. I will after reading this information.

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crystalf said...

We don't have a garage. Thank you!
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kim keithline said...

We haven't done safety checks in the past but now it has got me thinking although the garage door doesn't go up very often because it is filled with my husbands junk

Sherry Conrad said...

No garage here to check.

Lynne said...

No, it's not something I've ever thought about before.

Jessica said...

I dont have a garage right now but when I used to, I did not perform safety checks as I should have!

Xomy said...

Never thought to check before! now i will!!!

- maya hu

tina reynolds said...

I had not thought of it but now I will

*Dusty* said...

No we do not do safety checks.

Erica C. said...

I've never tested it.

Susan Smoaks said...

no i haven't done any safety tests, but i will now.

bev said...

I haven't done any safety checks yet, but it sounds like a good idea. Thanks.

robyn paris said...

i have not done safety checks but i will start

imaclutz89 said...

I live in an apartment so we don't have a garage door to do the checks on.

Tara W said...

We don't have a garage.
Tara Woods

Atreau said...

I've never thought about it, but will do it now.

Rachel Travis said...

My hubby does!

Breanne said...

No I never have

Brian E. said...

Thanks for the giveaway… we check the manual override, and the auto reverse every few weeks.

Rafflecopter: Bryan E.

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