As homeowners, we all have this lingering desire to take care of repairs and maintenance on our own — to become masters of the DIY lifestyle. And that’s wonderful in cases where the repairs or maintenance are easy and safe to accomplish. But it’s not quite as good of an idea when attempting DIY repairs can pose a serious threat to the homeowner’s safety.
This certainly holds true when it comes to repairs for a garage door. The dangers of DIY garage door repair are numerous and should be taken seriously before you engage in a project. Here’s a look at the reasons behind the dangers of repairing a garage door.
THE NEED FOR KNOWLEDGE
There’s no substitute for knowledge and experience when it comes to repairing a garage door. One of the most common things to happen when a homeowner conducts DIY repairs is that they end up making a problem worse. Of course, when you make a garage door repair issue worse, it costs you more time and money.
When you choose an experienced and knowledgeable garage door repair technician you reduce your inconvenience. He or she can quickly diagnose the issue, make recommendations and then execute on the chosen repair or replacement. Here at Purple Patch Doors our service vehicles carry a large range of spare parts to assist in having your garage door working as soon as possible.
THE NEED FOR TOOLS
Checking your garage door and making needed repairs requires a unique set of tools that aren’t typically present in the home. Why? Because most homeowners wouldn’t have a use for garage door-specific tools most of the time, and buying those tools wouldn’t be worth the investment.
When choosing a professional garage door company such as Purple Patch Doors, our technicians arrive at your property with all the proper tools on hand. Professionals have the tools, and they also know how to use them.
THE THREE MOST COMMON GARAGE DOOR ACCIDENTS
While any number of things can go wrong during DIY garage door repairs, three accidents stand out as the most common. The following possibilities should also serve as good reasons for you to pass on DIY garage door repairs:
- Falls: Often garage door repairs require you to work on an elevated surface. As not all homeowners have the correct ladders, sometimes makeshift equipment such as stools or chairs (which are not safe) are used. This increases the risk of overbalancing and falling. When you fall, you could injure yourself or someone else, and you may also damage equipment that’s either nearby or being used at the time of the fall.
- Springs: This is the most serious danger homeowners can face when working on their own garage doors. Torsion springs are under an immense amount of tension and pressure. It’s the tension and pressure that make your garage door raise and lower with ease — but they may also turn garage door repairs dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Professionals know how to handle torsion springs and how to prevent them causing serious bodily injury.
- Collapses: A standard double garage door weights approximately 100 kilograms. When you’re inexperienced and trying to perform DIY repair, the likelihood of a garage door collapsing increases dramatically.
As noted, these are some of the things that can go wrong with a garage door. When an inexperienced homeowner tries out DIY repairs any of these things can quickly create a dangerous situation. Rather than making things worse and putting yourself in harm’s way, engage a professional’s experience and knowledge.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ON YOUR OWN?
While garage door repairs can be dangerous for DIY enthusiasts, garage door maintenance is much easier. For example, from time to time, you might need to lubricate the rollers and hinges on a sectional door or clean the tracks on a roller door. This helps reduce the amount of friction when a garage door opens and closes. This will also reduce the noise of operation for the garage door in question.
You can find plenty of instructions on how to correctly lubricate a garage door and its many pieces online. While it’s not a good idea to execute DIY repairs, many DIY maintenance tasks are tasks you should put on your calendar and do on a regular basis.
GET PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT FROM PURPLE PATCH DOORS
At Purple Patch Doors, we are experts when it comes to garage door installation, repair and maintenance. We operate in the greater Brisbane area. We offer a team of experienced and highly knowledgeable garage door technicians who work quickly and effectively while also respecting your time and property. We understand that garage door issues are urgent and demand a fast response. That’s why we react quickly to all calls for garage door repairs. Trust your home and its garage door to Brisbane’s best service providers when you call Purple Patch Doors.