Most garage doors are already equipped with safety cables, which are laced through the springs and attached to a sturdy surface. However, some doors do not have safety cables because they have been removed or were never used in the first place. The absence of safety cables is more common on older garage doors or doors that have fallen into disrepair.
If your garage door doesn't have safety cables, you may be putting yourself, your family and your property in danger. A garage door without spring safety cables is extremely dangerous. A reputable garage door repairman would never consider their job done or allow you to operate your garage door until safety cables are firmly in place. Following are a few motivating reasons why you should follow suit.
Garage door springs are placed under extreme tension when your door is down or in operation. However, they are under the most tension when your garage door is down. If you're like most people, your garage door is shut most of the time. If a spring breaks while your door is down, it can fly with enough force to penetrate the wall of your garage, put a major dent in your car, or cause serious bodily injury if anyone happens to be standing nearby. Safety cables prevent garage door springs from becoming deadly projectiles.
If your garage door doesn't have safety cables, you can have them added without shelling out a great deal of cash. In fact, some garage door repair companies replace or install safety cables for free. However, you may still have to cover the cost for a service call, which is usually less than $100.
While you should never replace garage door springs yourself because they are extremely dangerous to work with, it's possible to add safety cables yourself. In most cases, the project is a quick afternoon job that takes approximately one hour to finish. All you have to do is pick up a safety cable kit, which comes complete with all the brackets you need, and follow the instructions for the type of cable you purchase. One universal instruction, however, is that the safety cables must be attached to a sturdy surface, such as the wall or garage door track.
If your garage door doesn't have spring safety cables, you should remedy the situation immediately. Operating a door without safety cables is serious business and may result in the loss of life, limb or property. For more information, contact Allied Garage Door Inc. or a similar company.