If your garage door suddenly fails, the first thing you should do is call for emergency garage door repair services. Most emergency repair companies will do their very best to get to you as soon as possible, but there may still be a waiting period in which you have to cope with your garage door in its current state. Our team at HLM Garage Doors & More, LLC is proud to offer around-the-clock services, but we also acknowledge that we can’t account for every possibility, and you may find yourself with a bit of a wait on your hands despite our best efforts. In this article, we’ll, go over what to do while you wait for emergency garage door repair.
- Pull Your Door’s Emergency Release Cord- The first thing you should do when waiting for emergency garage door repair is locate and pull your door’s emergency release cord. Pulling this cord will disengage the door from the opener, allowing you to open and close the door manually.
- Lift the Door Manually- Next, manually lift the garage door. Use both hands and get help from others if you need to–garage doors are heavy, and you can easily injure yourself if you aren’t careful. If you feel any resistance, don’t try to force the door open. Check that you correctly detached the level connecting the door to the opening mechanism. If the lever is correctly detached and the door still won’t move, don’t push further, as this indicates that the door is damaged, and trying to force it can make the damage worse and lead to injury.
- Make Sure the Door is Secure- Lastly, while you move your door manually while waiting for emergency garage door repair, it’s important to make sure that the door is secure. In many cases, the springs on your door will be able to hold it in place even when you’re operating it by hand, but proceed with caution nonetheless. If your door won’t stay open, you should always prop it open with something sturdy or have someone hold it open for you if you need to use it, but it’s best to avoid doing so until the issue can be repaired.