February. It’s a month dedicated to love, groundhogs, and continuously crappy weather that can take a toll on your home.
Last month, we here at the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri went over some ways to help you maintain your garage door during the winter. However, for those especially frosty February days, it helps to know a few additional tricks to keep it from freezing shut.
Sometimes, You Just Gotta Shovel
It’s not the most glamorous answer, but it’s usually the thing that works best. If you don’t want your garage door to freeze, you have to try your best to keep it clean. This doesn’t mean you have to be out in the cold with a shovel and scraper every morning, but taking the time to brush away a little ice and snow on your way out the door is usually all it takes to prevent the build-up that causes garage doors to freeze shut.
Feel the Heat
Space heaters are good for more than just keeping your basement livable during the winter months, they can also help to combat the elements in your garage. Turning on a space heater in the morning will make your excursion out to your car a little warmer and a lot less smoky than if were to turn on your vehicle while it’s still in your garage (which you shouldn’t be doing anyway). A space heater will also help to keep the weather seal (that’s the fancy name for that thin piece of rubber on the bottom of your garage door) from cracking and the battery in your opener from draining – just make sure to be mindful of the cords and unplug them when you’re not using them.
Look in the Pantry
Heavy-duty ice melt is essential during the winter. However, we’ll forgive you if you chose to stay in during that cold weekend when you probably should have been at the hardware store picking up a bag. In those instances when you need something to break down icy build-up, look no further than your pantry for assistance. Both table and Kosher salt are serviceable replacements for the heavy-duty stuff. Just treat your weather seal like you would a good roast: season from a height, massage it in, and then give it a little time to marinate. Before you know it, your garage door will be back to its best.
Just Add Water
If your garage door does freeze, the solution may seem a little counterintuitive – adding water. Just heat up a measuring cup of water in the microwave until its hot, but not boiling, and slowly pour it on and around the weather seal. It’s a cost-effective way to unstick your garage door and prevent further damage.
If you’d like any additional tips or think you might need to replace the weather seal on your garage door, call the trained professionals at the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri today!