Essential Steps for Keeping Your Garage Door From Freezing Shut

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!

 

(573) 243-3111

Winterizing Your Garage Door (In the Dead of Winter)

We here at the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri know that now is the time to stay indoors. No one wants to be bumbling around outside inspecting their garage door when it’s this chilly. However, taking a bit of time to ensure everything is running smoothly can save you some hassle when mother nature throws her worst your way.

Keep It Clean

We’ll start off slow. Cosmetic damage to your garage door is the easiest to see and the easiest to fix. Metal can rust, wood can rot, and the entire door can go through a warping process that will make it look like something is trying to bust out from behind it. To keep the elements from taking their toll, give your garage door a scrub with a mild cleanser and thoroughly wipe it down.

Check the Accessories

Keypads and remote openers make entering and exiting your house incredibly easy. Like the garage door itself, these items are also susceptible to the elements and deserve a little extra care during the snowy months. Make sure you put fresh batteries in both devices as the winter cold can drain them much quicker than during the warmer months. At the very least, keep some handy both in your car and inside so you have them on hand when things take a turn for the worst.

Seal it Up

When you think about taking care of your garage door, you’re probably thinking about the big-ticket items: the panels, paint, finish, motor, and moving parts. What might slip your mind? The seal. That small strip of rubber at the bottom of your garage door does more than just make sure your garage door doesn’t land with a thud. It helps to regulate the temperature of your garage, and, by extension, your home. It also keeps water from seeping in. To make certain that it’s doing its job properly, treat it like the windshield of your car and give it a little scrape to prevent icy buildup.

Listen to the Music

You know what your garage door sounds like. There’s a familiar hum that signifies when your significant other gets home from work or your son or daughter is trying to sneak back in past curfew. The sound your garage door makes can also tell you how well it is functioning. During the winter, give it a closer listen. Does it sound smooth? Do you hear any clinks or cracks as it travels along the tracks? Does it sound downright scary? If the answer to any of these questions, especially the third question, is yes, it’s time to call the professionals at the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri to take a look.

To schedule an appointment, or, if you have any questions about garage door prep and maintenance, call the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri at the number below.

 

(573) 243-3111

Holiday Season Safety Tips

The busy elves at the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri are finally finishing their Thanksgiving leftovers and beginning to unpack their holiday decorations.  In doing so, we want to take a moment and share with our community of friends and neighbors some helpful reminders of both what to do and what not to do to avoid the naughty list this season.

Movie Guidance

As most of us can attest, the Home Alone series are not only fun and entertaining movies but, for some, a Christmas family watching tradition.  Not only do these movies provide a bellyful of laughs, they clearly demonstrate what not to do when it comes to preventing unwanted injuries or high power bills this holiday season.   

Here are just a few items from the film series worth mentioning to ensure your home remains the warm hearth it is meant to be:

  • As cute and creative Kevin demonstrated in his ultimately victorious attempt to prevent a home invasion, breakable ornaments can do some serious damage to unexpecting feet and paws.  Keep those types of ornaments as well as anything that could potentially be a choking hazard near the top of the tree and out of reach of our smallest family members.
  • Although Marv the burglar was not deterred from receiving electrical shock from Kevin’s clever booby traps, it would be best to take all precautions to avoid that type of reaction.  One idea that may not be an obvious hazard is placing holiday lights on metallic trees.  The metal from the tree will become a conduit for the electricity which could lead to a potential shock or, possibly, electrocution.
  • Home Alone was a blockbuster success and, as such, had a blockbuster budget.  Unless you too have those type of funds to blow during the holidays, refrain from keeping outside and inside holiday lights on when you are not home (alone) or when you head to bed.  To do so would waste a lot of energy, especially when nobody is there to enjoy them.

Cord Safety

As our goal is to keep you and yours safe, we would not being doing our job if we did not strongly recommend that you thoroughly inspect all electrical cords prior to use.  By this, be sure to first check the insulation  of each strand to ensure the wrapping is intact.  If it becomes separated from the wires, you can run the risk of causing a power shortage, starting a fire or creating a serious shock hazard.

Candle Awareness

Although candles add a nice ambiance during this holiday season, December is known as the peak time of year for fires caused by them.  Keep the following simple precautions in mind when displaying this festive feature:

  • Never leave a room with lit candle.  Extinguish the flame regardless of how long you think you will be away.
  • Keep burning candles out of reach of little fingers and curious pets.
  • Candles should never be placed near anything that can easily catch fire to include books, bedding, curtains, carpets, etc.
  • Always use a candle-holder designed to resist wear and is sturdy enough to hold any drips from melted wax.
  • Keep candles away from any item that can circulate air to include ceiling fans, vents and portable fans.

We at the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah and a Joyous Kwanzaa in which you and yours create memories and traditions that last a lifetime.

(573) 243-3111

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