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Garage Door Safety Tips

Posted by Bob weidner on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 @ 09:34 AM

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Garages are one of the most safe and convenient ways to enter your home and protect your belongings. However, as with any household device, there are certain precautions to take to avoid injury. These garage door safety tips are simple to follow and easy to implement.

Easy To Follow Garage Safety Tips

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Whether you're getting your car's oil changed or replacing the string on your weed eater, you realize that maintenance is required on many household items. Garage doors are no different. Rusty springs, rickety railing, or lopsided doors can quickly turn into a hazard. In addition to new sales and emergency assistance, Overhead Door also offer repairs service to its customers. Schedule yours by clicking here.

Update Equipment

Sensors that detect objects near where the door closes can prevent many injuries each year. If your sensor is becoming unreliable, it may be time to change it out. Also, if you've noticed holes or jagged edges in your garage door, it could be time to consider updating your garage door entirely. Exposed metal can cut your skin. Additionally, any open "pockets" in your garage door can create hidey-holes for all sorts of creatures. Learn more about making your garage inhospitable to unwelcome guests.

Teach Garage Safety

pexels-photo-236164.jpegThere are almost 11,000 garage related injuries each year. Sadly, many of these can be prevented. Unsurprisingly, hand injuries are among the most common, followed by head injuries. It is especially important to teach children that the garage to stay clear of the doors as they are opening or closing. Additionally, be sure to keep an eye out for pets that may become trapped as the doors close. Also, leave the maintenance to the Overhead Door experts. Choosing a professional to work on your garage door can prevent injuries, as well.

Go High Tech

By choosing OHD Anywhere™, our trademarked digital app, you're taking safety into your own hands. With this convenient app, you're able to track the history of how often your garage door opens. You're also able to remotely open and close the door. This is really convenient for the times when you need to let a repair person into your home. Additionally, it alerts you if the door has been open, whether with the opener or manually. It's a great safety option from Overhead Door

Interested in setting up a estimate to make sure your garage is as safe as possible? Schedule your appointment with us today!

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How To Prevent Garage Flooding

Posted by Bob weidner on Sun, Jul 16, 2017 @ 01:08 PM

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Though rain is a good thing in West Texas, our weather has a tendency to come in waves. We're known for torrential rains and flash flooding. Garages are usually a low point in most homes, so they are more likely to flood. Today, we're sharing some tips on how to prevent garage flooding so that you're covered.

Is Your Garage Properly Sealed?

Just like regular doors, garages require weatherstripping to keep out the elements. They work to prevent rain, snow, sleet, and other wet weather from seeping into your garage. Over time, weatherstripping can become worn or cracked. Additionally, the adhesive that connects the rubber to your flooring and door can begin to deteriorate. Our service professionals can help you to replace your weatherstripping and help to assess other minor repairs that can make a difference in your garage.

Do You Have Proper Drainage?

Garages, especially in older buildings may not be up to current building codes, may not be constructed to properly drain after heavy rains. Most newer construction will build properties at an incline. Flooding can be a significant issue if your garage is constructed in a decline. However, you can contact a building contractor to install a trench or French drain to help move water away from your garage. 

However, be cautious not to construct the drainage towards neighboring property, foundation, or near public constructions (such as sidewalks).

Is Your Foundation Solid?

Look for cracks in your foundation. Additionally, inspect the edges of your garage (towards the floor) to see if water in coming in from exterior edges. Sometimes, poorly drained flower beds on the edge of a garage can slowly cause leaks through drywall and other materials. Make sure that these damages are repaired to avoid garage flooding.

shrub.jpgHave You Installed Landscaping?

Though this may sound a little strange, adding shrubs, trees, and other vegetation can help to soak up excess water in the soil. These plants use more water than you might expect. However, use caution as to not add plants which will eventually grow large roots. The larger the root system, the more likely it is that they will eventually cause foundation cracks.

Have You Created A Barrier?

If you know that your garage floods and that rain is coming, we recommend installing preventative measures before the storm. Using sandbags and QuickDams can prevent water damage to your home and garages if used in time. Though they will not keep all of the water from penetrating through the barrier, they will reduce the amount that comes in.

Is It Time To Look For A New Garage Door?

Old garage doors can also be the source of leaks. If you need a new door, be sure to contact the professionals at Overhead Door. We provide free estimates and can help you to determine the right type of garage door for your home or business needs. 

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Garage Door Security Tips

Posted by Bob weidner on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

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Your home is your castle. Think of your garage door as the drawbridge, as it's meant to protect your home and belongings. As part of your "castle's" safeguards, it's important to make sure that you're taking the proper precautions to ensure your home is safe. Read on for more on our garage door security tips.

Know The Risks

Though burglaries are possible year-round, they occur more frequently in the summer months and during vacations. Why? Because homeowners are out of town more often. Often, criminals pay attention to neighborhoods to see who is home and who isn't. That's why it's important to utilize your garage door as an added measure of security.

Many homeowners view their garage door as a "sneaky" way to enter their own homes in the case that they get locked out. However, most would-be thieves are well-versed in figuring that out.

Maintenance Is Critical

Don't skimp on maintenance. Broken springs, locks, and chains can give thieves easier access to your garage. Following our maintenance tips will help you to keep your garage in working order.

Hidden Devices

Do you park your vehicle outside of your garage? If so, it's important not to leave your garage door opener readily available. Think of it as leaving a house key in plain sight. A burglar can simply break into your car and open your garage - giving them free reign of your home.

If You Like It Then You Should Have Put A Lock On It

Though most doors are secure, some more resourceful thieves are able to use tools to unlock your garage door's locking mechanism. If you know you'll be out of town for an extended period, we encourage you to use your door's slide lock. This feature is similar to a deadbolt and is used to secure the door from inside. If your door doesn't have one (or it isnt' working properly), you can also use a padlock as well. If your slide bolt isn't working correctly, talk to the experts at Overhead Door to schedule a repair.

Light It Up

If you spend a considerable amount of time out of town, it would be a good idea to invest in some motion-sensor lights near your garage. Most burglaries occur with a break-in from the ground floor. Often, lights can deter would-be intruders. Additionally, make sure that your garage door opener has a working light. Not only is it convenient for you, it adds another level of security to your home.

Secure The Premise

Many homeowners opt to install alarm systems in their homes. Some insurance companies even offer discounts for policy holders who do. Additionally, Overhead Door offers OHD Anywhere, a sensor and mobile app combination that notifies you anytime your door opens or closes.

Window Treatments

If your garage door includes windows, it's a wise idea to frost them for added security. This prevents passersby from peeking into your garage and eyeballing your belongings. If you want to try this project yourself, here are four ways to do so.

Hold The Door

This one is the easiest and most reliable way to deter thieves. Simply keep your garage door shut. It not only keeps potential criminals from scoping out your home, but it keeps your garage's temperature maintained.

Do you need help with making sure your garage is a castle gate? Overhead Door can help. Contact us to schedule service today.

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