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Here at HLM Garage Doors & More, LLC, we understand just how much a malfunctioning garage door can disrupt your routine–after all, you need to be able to get your vehicle out of the garage in order to go to work, school, or just about anywhere else you need to go. Because of this, we offer 24/7 emergency garage door repair services to get your door up and running again as quickly as possible. However, even we can’t account for every possible circumstance, so in the event that you have to wait longer than you’d like, you can refer to this article on how to manually open and shut your door.

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  • Locate and Pull the Emergency Release Cord. The first thing you should do while you wait for emergency garage door repair is to find your door’s emergency release cord. This is usually a red rope that hangs somewhere around your opener rail and pulling it will release your door from its automatic opening mechanism and allow you to open it manually.
  • Lift the Door. Once you’ve pulled the release cord, the next step is to open the door. Use both hands to raise the door, and we at HLM Garage Doors & More, LLC also recommend enlisting others to help for added safety. If you can’t open your garage door, check that you’ve correctly released the lever and try again–however, don’t try to force it open if you feel resistance, as this is a sign of more serious damage and could lead to an injury.
  • Secure the Door. After you lift your garage door, don’t release it until you know it’s secure. If your springs are still functional, they should hold the door in place, but if they’re faulty, then you may find the door coming down on your head. To avoid injury, our team at HLM Garage Doors & More, LLC recommends having others hold the door or use other mean to prop it open long enough to take your car or other items out. While this may be frustrating, it’s better than hurting yourself while you wait for our emergency garage door repair team to arrive.