How can something smaller than a peanut do so much damage to a garage? That is the question many homeowners ask themselves after they realize that carpenter ants have hollowed out major pieces of wooding and insulation in their garage.
Structures like garages made from wood are ideal places for carpenter ant infestations because they can easily find wall voids and locate areas not sealed properly making it easy for them to get inside. Another attraction for carpenter ants in garages is the moisture levels. Garages typically have less air circulation and serve as storage areas for wet clothing like fishing and skiing gear. Leaky hoses also contribute to garage moisture levels and send welcoming messages to carpenter ants to make themselves at home.
Unlike termites, carpenter ants do not eat wood. However, they do significant damage by turning solid wood planks into sawdust called frass. When a homeowner finds piles of frass, it becomes apparent that carpenter ants have settled into the building. Bugs that are nesting in wood are just as bad as bugs that eat wood. If a carpenterâ€™s nest is left untreated, the colonies grow larger and the need for additional space increases. Therefore the ants will continue to remove more and more wood.
Not only do carpenter ants create giant holes in wood for their nests, but they also destroy wood to build tunnels that allow them to leave the nest in order to hunt for food.
Homeowners are smart to address a carpenter ant infestation head-on instead of ignoring the issue. Ants may not seem harmful and as long as they are not inside the house, however, the damage that carpenter ants can do to a wooden structure of a garage will eventually become an expensive problem.
Exterminators can easily come in and rid the garage of the infestation although there are cheaper alternatives. Boric acid can be purchased at the hardware store and is typically successful for destroying nests. Certain types of absorption powders can also be used to dry out a carpenter ant problem.
Homeowners who detect a termite problem in their garage typically have a more severe situation on their hands. Like carpenter ants, termite damage may take a few years to become noticeable. Unlike carpenter ants, the damage termites cause can be much worse. Termites eat wood and chew ferociously on wood grain.
The National Pest Management Association estimates that termites cause at least $5 billion in property damage every year. The damage that the pests can cause to a garage includes the destruction of every component of the structure like support beams, posts, joists and studs. In most cases, the damage caused by termites can be repaired but subterranean termites (the most vicious type) have been known to cause thousands and thousands of dollars to individual homeowners.
Prevention is the best way to avoid dealing with a carpenter ant or termite infestation. While insects as small as these can find their way into your garage though various passages, having a garage door that does not properly seal is almost like a welcome mat for critters.
Garage Door Repair LLC offers a weather seal replacement product that not only keeps out inclement weather but also creates the perfect barrier for pests. With this vinyl rubber seal, termites and carpenter ants will have a much more difficult time entering any garage space.
A garage door is heavy, sturdy and reliable most of the time, however, even a door that weighs a couple hundred pounds is sometimes no match against the great force of Mother Nature.
Heavy rains in the spring, snow and hail in the winter, beating sunshine in the summer and strong winds in the fall â€“ garage doors are taking a weather beating all year round. Fortunately, the professionals at Garage Door Repair LLC offer preventive maintenance checks that help garage doors withstand even the worst climate conditions.
Sun damage can drastically fade the color of garage doors and hurt the homeâ€™s curb appeal. In some cases, a paint job may suffice as a solution but the process can be tedious and sometimes pricey. Homeowners who attempt to paint their garage doors themselves run the risk of picking the wrong shade or even worse â€“ spilling the paint and staining the driveway. Another option would be to hire a professional painter but that can get expensive. At Garage Door Repair LLC, we highly recommend calling our team to discuss panel replacement options.
The sun can cause more damage than just fading the color of the paint. It can also cause garage door systemâ€™s lubricants to dry out. In addition, excessive humidity can also lead to a build-up of moisture in wood doors, which actually causes the doors to swell.
Panel replacement is a great way to correct the damage caused by the sun. Garage Door Repair LLC can refresh the appearance and functionality of the garage door systems in no time at all.
In areas that experience drastic changes in the weather – for instance where days are humid but temperatures drop severely at night – homeowners and business owners need to pay close attention to their garage door systems. Volatile climates can rapidly increase the deterioration of springs and other garage door parts.
At Garage Door Repair LLC we have witnessed much higher volumes of customer calls for spring replacements after fickle weather years. Damaged springs can ruin an entire garage door system, as they are responsible for lifting and balancing the heavy garage door weight. Attempting to replace them without an experienced professional can be extremely unsafe so it is always best to call a company like ours and schedule a time for one of our techs to stop by and replace the weather-damaged parts.
Freezing temperatures can also lead to garage door damage. It is not entirely uncommon for cables and springs to freeze or for melted snow to freeze around the systemâ€™s hinges and joints. When this happens, it is always best to call the professionals. The remedy may not be as easy as waiting for the system to thaw out, a part may have snapped, causing permanent damage.
Weather stripping is another important piece to your garage door that protects from the weather. Not only do the vinyl rubber seals keep outside elements from seeping inside, it also prevents bugs and smaller rodents from inviting themselves in and making the garage their new home. Weather Replacement Seals, as tough as they are, are also exposed to the weather throughout the year, so they too need to be inspected and replaced every so often to ensure they are working properly.
Mother Nature can be a beast when it comes to keeping garage door systems operating smoothly. Even the strongest systems can eventually succumb to volatile weather conditions. By maintaining a relationship with your local experts, you can rest assured that an experienced and trustworthy technician can easily repair any type of weather damage.
Given the fact that fixing or replacing a broken garage door opener can be quite costly, a homeowner will want to assess a seemingly broken door opener properly before taking it to a repairman or throwing it out. Following are some steps that one can take to see if the door opener is malfunctioning or not.
Assess the Garage Door
Before assuming that the opener is not working properly, check the garage door itself. Look for signs that the door may be out of alignment and/or have a broken spring. If it is difficult or impossible to open the door manually, then the problem is with the door, not the opener.
Assess the Door Opener
If the garage door can be opened easily without the opener, then check the opener itself. If the wall control lights are off, then there is a tripped circuit breaker that needs to be reset.
If the lights are on, then unplug the unit, plug it back in and try again. Sometimes resetting a garage door opener in this way fixes the problems. However, if this is not the case, then the opener needs to be fixed or replaced.
What to do About a Broken Garage Door Opener
The two most common repair problems with garage door openers are logic board malfunctions and stripped nylon gears. Both of these problems are costly to fix and in most cases a person would be better off buying a new unit instead of attempting to repair the old one.
However, there are some cases when fixing an old unit can save a person a lot of time and money. To start with, a homeowner will want to check the warranty to see if parts and labor repair costs are covered by the warranty terms and conditions.
If the opener is not covered by warranty, then a person should call a local repair company to ask about the cost of fixing the old unit. Whenever possible, talk to the technician who will do the actual repair work, as this individual should be able to diagnose the likely cause of the problem over the phone and give a repair cost estimate.
If the garage door opener seems to be broken, a homeowner should take the following steps:
– Check if the electricity is on
– See if the door can be opened manually
– Check the opener light
– Unplug the unit and try again
If these steps do not resolve the problem, then the garage door opener is most likely broken and homeowner will need to either repair the old unit or invest in a new one.
If your garage floor is made of concrete, sooner or later you might notice either large or small cracks appearing in the floor. There is no need to panic when you notice these garage floor cracks and no need to call in a professional contractor. If you can follow a few simple instructions as well as obtain certain materials at your local hardware or home improvement store or from a reliable online source, you can fix any crack in a garage floor in 30 minutes or less.
Materials You’ll Need
To make the job of fixing garage floor cracks as easy as possible, it’s important to gather all the necessary materials ahead of time so you can start and finish the job with no interruptions:
* a clean broom, dust pan and brush or a shop vac
* crack filling compound made with epoxy or polyurethane
* a wire brush
* water hose with high pressure nozzle
* clean putty knife
Preparing the Area
There is no paint, epoxy or sealer system designed to fill garage floor cracks, so you must prepare the area properly so you can fill in the crack with a crack filling compound designed specifically for these kind of repair jobs. Crack filling compound is available either in a small pail that must be mixed prior to insertion or in a caulking gun that applies the compound through a directional tip until the crack is completely filled.
Don’t attempt to apply the crack filling compound, however, until you have completely cleaned the area with your broom, dust brush or vacuum to remove surface dirt and dust. Get into the crack itself with your wire brush and sweep or vacuum over the area once again. Invest in a floor degreaser if the area surrounding the crack has grease stains. Very large cracks should be washed out with a pressure hose, then allowed to dry before proceeding.
Filling the Crack
Fill the crack with the repair compound, either applying it with a putty knife or with a caulking gun, then use the putty knife to smooth out the center as well as the side surfaces. If the crack is wider than half an inch, use a chisel to make an even wider opening that is angled along the side in order for the filling compound to take hold and not pull up out of the crack after its application.
Allow the crack to cure for the recommended amount of time noted on your compound package, then go over any areas with additional compound if necessary to create a completely smooth surface. The filling compound you use to fill garage floor cracks work equally well to plug up smalls holes and pitted areas in the floor, too.
For a really professional finish, use a grinder to ensure that the area of the crack filled with compound is completely level and smooth. Now you are ready to apply a sealer, epoxy coating or paint to the floor and the formerly cracked surface will be completely hidden.
If you don’t plan on painting or sealing your floor, you will still be able to see where the crack formerly appeared. It this bothers you, cover it with a floor mat or throw rug.
Nowadays, it is hard to shop for any product without having a variety of styles to choose from. Browsing a car dealership can overwhelm you with options like speed capability, 4-wheel drive, color, make, model, etc. Bath towel shopping has you pondering between cotton and linen. Even purchasing jeans can be a monotonous decision – do you want dark or light, bootleg or skinny?
That being said, homeowners should not be surprised that garage door shopping also requires an extensive decision-making process.Â (more…)
Have you ever had an issue with your garage door, whether it be at home or your place of business? Our team of garage door technicians have put together this informative graphic to help people easily identify the type of garage door problem they may be having…