Garage Door Troubleshooting

There is nothing more frustrating than coming home after a long days work on a cold day and the garage door doesn’t open when you hit the opener.  Unfortunately no garage door is immune to the occasional broken spring or dead motor.  So what should you do if you run into this horrific scenario?  First of all, don’t freak out.  We’ll get you through this.

If you absolutely must get your car into the garage, you can accomplish this easily.  Most electric garage door systems will not allow you to manually open the door when the system is engaged.  However, there is a way to get around this.  If you look closely at the garage door opener motor, there will be a latch that is often connected to a string with a pull handle.  Simply, pull the string to lower the latch and this will disengage the system.  After the latch is pulled, you will be able to open the door manually and get your car inside and out of the weather.

Ok. So now what?  The most common problem with a garage door is a broken spring.  These springs are normally under tension and when they age or dry out, they are very likely to break at some point.  Although the spring is the only thing that needs to be replaced, it is a very labor intensive operation and should only be done by a respected garage door repair company such as ColumbiaGaragePros.com.  Garage door springs range in price from $50 to $200 depending on the size and style of the garage door.

Another common problem with garage doors are misaligned motion sensors.  Automatic garage door systems use infrared technology to sense if anything is in the way of a closing garage door to prevent damage to the door…or god forbid a small child in the path of the door.  When these sensors become misaligned, the door will not function properly and will not close and possibly not open as the sensors are pointed at something they shouldn’t be.  The sensors can often be found near the ground in the door way.  A simple visual inspection of these sensors is sometimes all that is needed to re-align them.  However, a garage door repair technician can ensure that your sensors are pointed in the right direction.

It is also possible that the track that guides the door has become damaged or bent.  This will be a costly repair as the track will most likely need to be completely replaced.  This problem will be rather obvious as you will not be able to open or close the door past the area of the damage.  Once again, a reputable garage door repair company will guide you through the repair process for this garage problem.  Do not try to force a garage door shut ever.  Garage door systems are very sensitive and any forcible movements may cause more damage and increase your repair bill.

Automatic garage doors are something that we have all taken for granted.  When problems arise it is best to call your local garage door repairman.  But don’t trust any company.  Find a garage door repair company that has positive online reviews and is well known in your area.  There are a lot of scammers out there that will created door issues that weren’t there to begin with in an effort to increase their fees.  Good luck!

Protect Your Lawn..and Piece of Mind

Often, your lawn is the first thing people notice about your property.  A well kept lawn can add a tremendous amount of appeal and value to your home and property.  Why would you spend countless hours and money to make your lawn look great, and then leave it unprotected?  Great question.  The best way to protect your lawn is a quality fence.

Now it is quite uncommon to see a fence located in the front yard, but don’t count that out as a possibility.  Depending on where you live, a fence in the front yard may not even be allowed by some neighborhood organizations or committees. However, if you live on a crowded street in a city environment, fences are quite common.  A fence will prevent passer bys from stomping on your lawn, and more importantly, it will keep their pets from “relieving themselves” on your lawn.  There is nothing worse for a lawn then pet waste.  Fences prevent this problem.  There are many styles of fences that will look great protecting your lawn in a city setting.  A popular city fence is rod iron as it allows for many designs.

Do you live out in the country or someplace with large plots of land?  Well, a fence can be very important in these settings.  A fence will prevent unwanted wildlife from encroaching upon your lawn.  Obviously, this really only applies if you live in a country setting, such as a farm or ranch.  A fence can also prevent your pets, or dare I say it, your children from escaping.  There is nothing more terrifying than realizing that your pet or child has gone missing.  A fence provided you with the peace of mind to allow your pets and children to play unsupervised outside.  Obviously, if you have a very large yard, the costs of a fence can be very high.  For large areas, I recommend a chain link fence.  They are inexpensive and easy to install.  They also come in a variety of colors and styles so they can look very appealing if done right.  A reliable fence company is important when deciding what type of chain link fence you want installed.  Call around to see what your options are in your area.

A popular option in residential areas, is wooden fencing.  Wooden fencing, when done right, looks great.  It comes in a large variety of styles and can be custom built to work with your property.  Another benefit of wooden fencing is that it can be painted or stained to meet your desires.  Installation of wooden fencing can be labor intensive as large holes will need to be dug in order to place the posts.  Make sure you check for utility lines before digging your post holes.  There are local companies that specialize in designating where your utility lines are buried on your property.

Vinyl fencing is another popular option and can often resemble wooden fencing depending on the style you choose.  The greatest benefit with vinyl fencing is that it lasts a very long time and requires very little maintenance other that periodic power washing.  Installation of vinyl fencing is very similar to wooden fencing so make sure you check for buried utility lines.

Hopefully, this post gives you some insight into the world of fencing.  Do your research and find a reputable fencing company in your area.  They will guide you through the process and help you find a fence that meets your needs.