When it comes to the cables of garage doors, the safety concerns are plenty. Nobody can deny their great role in the garage door movement though. Together with the springs, the cables lift and lower the garage door.
And so, you cannot do without the garage door cables. But you cannot take chances with them either. That’s hardly a paradox. It’s a simple way of pointing out that the cables of your garage door can cause serious problems if you are not careful, tamper with them, or settle for poor-quality services. But let us examine closer the possible dangers of garage door cables.
Garage door cables may hurt you or cause property damage
The fact alone that the cables work together with the garage door springs should make you suspicious about their possible dangers. Who doesn’t know the potential threats due to the spring tension? In fact, springs and cables often break at – more or less – the same time. That would be a real disaster. Snapped garage door cables and springs can cause serious property damage. The worse part is that they may inflict severe injuries if someone is standing by.
The condition of the garage door opener usually plays a great role in your safety. In most cases, the safety features keep the garage door from crashing down – possibly, on someone.
But that’s seldom the case when it comes to broken garage door cables and springs. Why? Because the weight of the garage door is high and can only be handled by the spring/cable system. If that system is broken, the opener safety features won’t be able to hold the door’s weight. Avoid severe accidents by having the cables and the springs inspected often. Installing garage door cables and springs before they break and cause nightmares is usually the right thing to do.
Garage door cables are tense too
Not all garage door cables are the same. Since they work together with the springs, they differ accordingly. For example, torsion springs are connected to the cables through the cable drums, while extension springs utilize a pulley system. And then, it depends on how many springs are installed – some large garage doors utilize two torsion springs. And that’s not all. The cables are attached to brackets at the lower part of the door under some pressure. If released abruptly, this cable tension may also cause an accident.
Garage door cable repairs are NO DIY tasks
When the garage door cables come off the drum, you might think it’s easy to fix them. This is hardly the case. Even if you have some skills, the risks are plenty. Why? All due to the spring and cable tension. And not just that. Have you ever considered what may have caused the cables to come off in the first place? If you don’t find that, the cables will keep coming off.
And then, cables come off when the spring is broken. Or when the opener sensors don’t work and the door is sagging to the side. Or when the torsion spring adjustment is not right. Or when the cables are damaged or the drums wrong for the garage door. The possibilities are quite a few. Besides that, the problem which caused the cable problem may put you in troubles too.
And there’s something more to consider when it comes to garage door cables replacement and repair services. It has to do with the way the service is done and what kinds of cables, drums, or pulleys you select for your garage door. The wrong selection of products and the incorrect removal and installation of cables may lead to safety concerns too.
When you are tempted to fix the cables, think of their complexity, tension and the importance of having the job done correctly. Think of the heavy garage door weight and the harm it can cause. And although the property damage may be severe, what’s important is your safety. Your family’s safety. Isn’t it?