Given how little time most of us spend in the garage, it can be easily overlooked when considering regular home maintenance. The cost of installing a new garage door or repairing moisture damage can be downright staggering though and can be easily avoided with some regular checks and maintenance.
Your garage is second only to your basement in regards to susecptibiliity to water damage. So now that we’re in the rainy season, it’s a great time to check for leaks and moisture accumulation.
The first thing that you can do, is look along the joint sealant in your floors and check for any areas that water might be creeping in. You’ll also want to look to your roofing and check any expansion joints for wear and weathering. Address any areas showing wear or moisture infiltration.
Replacing a garage door opener can be a huge hassle as well as extremely costly. With regular maintenance though, it can last you for years and years to come. Check the hardware on the door and make sure that it’s all functioning properly. Then, lubricate all the hinges with simple household oil. From there, (on the opener itself) lubricate the chain and locate the auto reverse control. Place a piece of wood under the door and press the button on your remote. Upon making contact with the lumber, your door should immediately reverse. This is an important safety feature that should be checked periodically. If this is not the case, adjust the control as necessary.
It doesn’t take very long at all to keep your garage in great shape. With a quick look over, and a little oil, you can keep running smoothly all year long.