Is your garage a mess? It’s time to take care of that problem! In this article, we’ll discuss the many things you can do to maintain your garage this year. By working on your checklist one item at a time, you can make your garage a place to be proud of.
Pests can make a big mess in a space like a garage. From rodent feces to dead insects: any pests that find their way into your garage can leave their mark in unpleasant ways. The best way to stop pests in their tracks is to pest-proof your garage.
- Seal cracks and weatherstrip doors and windows.
- Keep edibles like birdseed and grass seed in sealed hard containers.
- Keep trashcans outside the garage.
- Store firewood away from your garage.
- Organize your garage, keep out clutter.
Lubricate Garage Door Parts
Your garage door is probably the biggest moving part of your entire house. It needs to be lubricated from time to time! If you get regular garage door tune-ups, then your garage door repair person probably takes care of the lubrication of the garage door. If you don’t get tune-ups regularly, then you’ll need to do this yourself. Use a silicone-based lubricant.
Test Garage Door Safety Features
Garage doors come with important safety features that prevent the door from closing on a living creature. It’s important to test your garage door safety features periodically to ensure that your door is safe for your pets and children. To test safety features:
- Wave a broom or a long stick in the path of your closing garage door. It should stop closing.
- Put a brick in the doorway of the garage, then close the garage door. It should reverse course when it touches the brick.
If your garage door safety features aren’t working, clean the photoelectric eyes around the garage door. If this doesn’t work, talk to a garage door repair person.
Keep the gutters around your garage clean to avoid problems like a leaky roof. Clean the gutters at least once annually, and if that’s not adequate, then twice per year.
Eliminate Old Paint Cans
Think about the old paint cans that have been building up in your garage. You probably have many colors from years of painting projects. Over time, paint can go bad. It can become moldy and can even dry out. Go through your old paint cans, open them up, and decide which cans you no longer need. Contact your sanitation department to determine how you should get rid of them.
Organize Those Tools
Think about the tools that you keep in your garage. Are they a mess? If so, now is the time to get your tools organized. Buy a toolbox or a tool chest where your tools can easily be stored, then sort through your tools to put them away in places that make sense.
Performing Garage Maintenance? Tune Up Your Garage Door
One more thing that’s important for maintaining your garage: get a tune-up! At Overhead Door of Oklahoma City, we can help you keep your garage door in good condition by lubricating and tuning up parts! Call today to make an appointment.