During extreme weather events such as snow storms, hurricanes, flooding, and other destructive natural events, your power grid could be at risk. The team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair knows that an outage in your community can mean danger for you and your loved ones.
With that in mind, here are some steps that you can take to open your garage door manually if your home is without power.
A Simple Six Step Process
1. Make Sure it Is Fully Closed
Please make sure that your garage door is completely closed. Once certain the garage door is fully closed, disconnect the garage door opener.
2. Pull The Emergency Cord
Disconnect the garage door from the garage door opener by pulling the emergency cord. The emergency cord is typically red in color and hanging from the center rail of the garage door mechanism.
3. Lift it Up
Lift the garage door straight up from the bottom. Ensure that you fully open the garage door and make sure it will remain fully open if left unattended. If your garage door springs are balanced, you should be able to lift it.
Use the handles to open the door. If the garage door is difficult to lift, please contact a garage door service technician to check the door immediately. Don’t force it or it can cause more damage to the door.
4. Lower The Door
When you are ready to close the garage door, lower the door manually until it reaches the ground.
5. Lock The Door Manually
Manually lock the door. When the automatic garage door opener is disconnected, the door will not be securely shut until the lock bar is manually slid into place.
6. Unlock The Door Manually
When the power outage ends, unlock the garage door, then reconnect the automatic garage door opener. Reconnecting the garage door opener with the lock bar in place can lead to major damage.
The team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair hopes this information helps keep you and your loved ones safe in the event of an emergency. For a more expedient and convenient option to open your garage door during an outage, consider a garage door with a backup battery feature. With a backup battery, even if you experience a power outage, the garage door opener, the safety sensors, and the entry keypad will continue to function. Additionally, the garage door will remain locked and secure.
Call Today For an Opener With a Backup Battery
The different makes and models of garage doors each have different backup batteries to go with them. A LiftMaster garage door opener, for example, will only work with a LiftMaster garage door opener backup battery.
Our knowledgeable staff and technicians will be able to help you find the correct backup battery for your garage door. Backup batteries can be literal lifesavers during an emergency situation. Call us today to learn more about having a backup battery, how it is used during a power outage, how long one might last, and how to recharge them after use.