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    Make sure your garage is ready for the holidays

    submitted by James Fulmer, Jammer Doors, www.jammerdoors.com

    The cold beginning of winter is warmed by the joy of the holiday season.

    As we welcome family and friends for celebration, it’s a good time to make sure your home’s largest door is ready for the bitter cold; it can help you prevent painful and costly accidents.

    Most garage doors have springs that allow them to move while remaining attached to your ceiling.

    It’s important to note that these springs wear and eventually snap over time, which can lead to the door crashing down and causing serious damage to your vehicle or even tragic personal injury.

    It’s not uncommon for only one spring to snap, leading people to believe that they can take their time and only replace one.

    This, however, is a terrible idea.

    Once one spring snaps, extra tension is placed on the remaining spring, which causes it to wear out significantly faster.

    No matter how diligent you are in getting the broken spring replaced, it’s always recommended that you replace both springs at the same time.

    A spring left on its own for any period of time becomes a ticking time bomb towards another snap.

    It’s also very important to hire a professional to replace these springs. The springs on a garage door have very high tension and can fly off at high speeds if removed improperly.

    An errant spring can cause significant damage or serious personal injury. In fact, any garage door repair, even seemingly minor ones, should be handled by a professional.

    Aside from the sheer weight of the door, modern systems are wired and complex with their own set of safety mechanisms that one should not attempt to modify without extensive and intimate knowledge of the specific door in question.

    Start the holidays off right with a smart safety check before the snow!