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It’s easy to think of your garage door as just another entrance to your home, but in reality, an electric garage door is a machine that needs maintenance at least once a year. What better time to perform garage door maintenance than the spring? A cold, icy winter is more likely to take a toll on your garage door than any other season, so checking up on the heath of your garage door once the temperatures start to rise only makes sense. Plus, you’re liable to be in the garage doing spring cleaning anyway. Take a look at a few essential items that should be on your spring garage door maintenance checklist. Remember to disconnect your garage door opener from the power before you get started, to avoid any accidental opening or closing while you’re working. Lubricate Not only will your garage door work more efficiently if it’s properly lubricated, it will also make a lot less noise! Start with the garage door opener hardware. Your opener uses either a screw, a chain, or a belt to lift the door. If it uses a belt, it doesn’t need lubrication, but if you have a screw or a chain operated opener, you should apply a small amount of white lithium spray-on grease. After that, move your attention to the door itself. Apply a light coating of oil to the hinges, bearings, and the spot where the roller shaft goes into the garage door’s bearings. Then apply oil to the door’s torsion springs. Your garage doors extension spring doesn’t need to be lubricated. This is a good time to inspect the springs – if they’re starting to look as if they’ve been pulled out of shape, it may be time to have them replaced. Replace Take the time to tighten the rail bracket bolts and the roller brackets. As you do, inspect the rollers for wear. You should have either steel or nylon rollers. Steel rollers can sustain dents and dings, while nylon can chip, scratch, or break. If you have damaged rollers, you can replace them as needed, or replace a whole set at once. Rollers are inexpensive (around $8 for the nylon rollers) and fairly easy to replace. Just remove the brackets and the old rollers, then put the new brackets in their place and replace the bolts. Spring is also a good time to replace your astragal, which is the hollow rubber seal at the bottom of the door. Cold weather can take a toll on the rubber, leaving it dry and cracked. Simply remove the seal with a flat-head screwdriver, insert a new astragal, and crimp the channel ends with lubricant to secure it in place. You may also want to check the weather strips on the sides and top of the door, and replace those if they seem worn. Test Before you reconnect the power to the garage door opener, test your garage door to see that it opens and closes smoothly. Lift it, lower it, lift it part way and stop to be sure that it doesn’t drop unexpectedly. Listen for strange sounds and look for any sign that the door is improperly balanced, like shaking as it lifts and lowers. Once you’ve tested the door without the power, reconnect the opener and perform the...

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As a homeowner, it isn’t always easy to know which problems you are causing and which ones you inherited along with the house. On your Saturday mornings, you might find yourself going through your place and repairing issues one at a time. However, if you make the wrong decisions regarding your plumbing system, you might create more problems than you solve. Here are two things your plumber wishes you would stop doing and why: 1: Cranking Up The Water Pressure Are you tired of watching water trickle out of your kitchen faucet? If you are looking to bump up the power a little, you might be tempted to head out to your main water line and adjust the water pressure. After all, wouldn’t it be nice to spray off those dishes with a little more gusto? Unfortunately, changing your water pressure can have dire consequences on your home’s plumbing system. Indoor residential water pressure should never be above 80 pounds per square inch. However, the main water line that supplies water to your home might allow you to change it to as high as 150 psi—almost twice the pressure it should be. Although it might seem like a small adjustment, increasing water pressure can actually cause your pipes to rattle around and break. This occurrence, referred to as “water hammer,” can also create annoying noises inside of your walls. High water pressure can also exacerbate plumbing leaks. The higher the pressure, the more water will spurt out of damaged joints and corroded pipes.  To protect your plumbing, don’t try to adjust your own incoming water pressure. If you feel like your water moves too slowly, hire a professional plumber to test your pressure levels and adjust the line for you. If your water pressure is too high, experts can even install regulators to protect your plumbing system. 2: Using Chemical Drain Cleaner Too Liberally When that sink or bathtub stops draining like it should, what is your first instinct? If you are like most homeowners, you probably fish around underneath your kitchen sink for that go-to bottle of chemical drain cleaner. Unfortunately, using drain cleaner too liberally might not do anything but irritate your plumber. Here are a few reasons why using chemical drain cleaner isn’t always a good idea: Physical Clogs: Believe it or not, chemical drain cleaner is completely powerless against foreign objects like dropped hair bands, bobby pins, and small plastic children’s toys. Drain cleaner works by combining ingredients like solid hydroxide and aluminum turnings to generate heat—which boils standing water and breaks apart organic clogs. However, if your blockage contains objects that won’t melt apart, your clog might be around to stay.  Pipe Damage: Unfortunately, if chemical drain cleaner doesn’t take care of that clog, it can sit in your pipes and corrode the surrounding materials. In fact, chemical drain cleaner can soften PVC pipes and damage plumbing made from older materials. Caustic Environment: To make matters worse, sitting chemical drain cleaner can create a caustic environment for any professional that you call in. Instead of being able to work quickly to resolve the issue, your plumber might have to suit up in protective gear to avoid being burned.   The next time you encounter a tough clog, check your drain for debris first. If...

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