There are plenty of accidents related to overhead automatic garage doors reported each year. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are more than 30,000 injuries cases reported in a year. There could be amputations, fractures, and even crushing cases that could lead to further damages and dangers like death cases. The most hazardous and deadly element of the garage door is its torsion springs. It means that if you either choose the torsion spring adjustment or replacement on your own or have someone do it professionally, there are certain safety precautions that should be considered when it comes to garage door repair.
Old versus new garage door spring models:
Unlike the old model of springs, the latest model of springs has a core rod inside the torsion spring coil. This is why the older springs are assumed more dangerous in the case of installation failure, they are considered to throw off the steel shrapnel objects through the direction of the garage. They can damage your car or hurt anybody around them. With the core rod, the springs will retain the broken chicks of steel in the case of breakage or malfunctioning. Definitely, we will go with a new model of springs. Consult a reliable and professional garage door expert to understand the difference between the two.
Types of garage door springs:
There are two models of garage door springs. The torsion spring is the recent model which may have either one or two springs. These springs are wound up around a metal rod and installed on the header of the garage door. What do you need to understand? A huge amount of pressure is generated or released when the overhead garage door runs. Due to the huge amount of torsion, the springs will break eventually. If this malfunction happens and you need to close the garage door manually, you should keep a couple of things in mind:
• Don’t try to stop the garage door from going down
• Leave everything and jump away from the area
• Make sure that nobody is around when you are doing anything
You may have a dual spring system, if one breaks, then you should replace them at the same time. Having an old spring with a new spring will only increase the risk of accidents.
Extension spring is the older model. When extension springs were designed, they are only the user device in the garage door. They are assumed to support the garage door in the opening and closing process by counterbalancing the unimaginable weight of the garage door. This is one of the reasons they are no longer in production. A safety solution comes in the form of cable installation.
Safety cables of garage door:
The safety system is composed of garage door cables made from steel. In the event of garage door springs breakage, the chunks will go ballistic but only in the certain range where you have installed the safety cables. You can install the cables on your own after inspecting and measuring what material you need for your garage door system.