Top 5 Preventative Care Tips for Your Garage
Preventative care for your garage is essential to keep it in good condition and to avoid costly repairs in the future. Here are the top five tips for maintaining a functional garage.
1. Regular Cleaning and Decluttering
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: keeping your garage clean and organized can make a world of difference in so many ways. By regularly removing clutter and debris, you’re able to truly pay attention to any areas of the garage that may need extra TLC. This allows you to be proactive in your care and maintenance of your garage so you can avoid costly repairs down the road. Not to mention, excess clutter and an unkempt space can be a potential safety hazard. A clean garage is also more inviting and functional, so be sure to prioritize this important task.
2. Inspect and Maintain the Garage Door
Your garage door is a critical component of the garage. Regularly inspect it for wear and tear, damage, and weatherstripping. To help keep the springs and overall garage mechanism buoyant, lubricate the moving parts of the garage system. Address any issues promptly to ensure it operates smoothly and securely. If you do spot any issues that require a professional, give us a call! Here are some common garage door maintenance areas and how to tackle them with or without the help of a pro.
3. Check for Leaks and Moisture
Wisconsin is a very wet state. Even when it’s not snowing or raining, Wisconsin tends to hold onto moisture throughout the year. Since your home and garage are susceptible to this, it’s important to inspect your space for water leaks and moisture issues, as these can cause structural damage and mold growth. Seal cracks and gaps and ensure proper drainage around the garage to prevent water entry. This is another reason why keeping a clean and decluttered space will keep your garage functioning as it should.
4. Maintain the Garage Floor
The floor of your garage is so important to maintain. Make sure the concrete does not have any cracks or uneven areas. If it does, make sure to repair the cracks and speak with a professional about how to minimize structural shifts if uneven areas are beginning to appear. You may want to also consider applying a sealant to protect your garage floor from moisture and stains now and into the future. Regularly sweep and clean the floor to prevent the buildup of dirt and debris. As you can see, a clean garage goes a long way!
5. Regular Safety and Security Checks
Ensure your garage is secure by checking the locks, alarms, and security systems. Test the functionality of fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide, and smoke detectors. Here are some additional things to consider when it comes to a safer garage.
Following these preventative care tips will better equip you to maintain your garage’s functionality, safety, and condition over time. Regular maintenance and inspections can help you catch issues early and prevent more significant problems in the future. This ensures your garage remains at its peak value.
If you run into any issues with your garage while performing routine maintenance and inspections, don’t hesitate to reach out! Our team is available year-round for service and repair calls. J.D. Griffiths services any and all garages.