If you own a warehouse, or anywhere that needs a garage door, routine inspection is crucial to making sure the apparatus runs well. Failure to check the mechanism could lead to unintended closures, gaps that let in the elements or potential security breaches. These tips are designed to help anyone on the factory floor inspect a garage door, spotting potential problems before they develop.
The garage door should have a manual release lever that is easy to spot. Begin with the garage door closed, then look for it at shoulder level from the floor. It will usually be a big red lever, and it functions as a manual release to detach the door in the event of an emergency.
The panels of the garage door must withstand the natural elements, and are subject to degradation over time. It’s important that you check to see if the panels are holding together, with no visible cracks or gaps in the housing.
There should be several warning labels that will be visible from the inside of the garage. A spring warning label warns you about the spring assembly, a general warning label about the safe method to operate the door, a warning label near the control button, and multiple warning labels at the base of the door.
Check that all of the tension springs have a secure cable that runs through the middle. These springs are part of a counterbalance system that prevent the door from hurling shards of metal into the warehouse floor if a mechanism breaks.
Modern garage doors must be equipped with a set of photo-electric eyes. The purpose is to spot potential hazards that may prevent the door from closing. These eyes should be placed six inches above the ground on each side of the door near the floor.