Backed into Your Garage? Here’s What to Do…

Have you ever found yourself running late in the morning? Maybe you overslept, the kids missed the bus, you didn’t even have time for coffee, and now to make it worse, you just backed into the garage on your way out. Once you’ve finally calmed down, do you know what to do? Besides taking care of getting everyone off to where they need to be, you also need to consider what you’ll do about the garage.
 
Another situation that garage door technicians see all too often is during the winter, when driveways get slippery. Homeowners turn into their drive, happy to be off the roads, and the slick driveway sends them careening straight into the door. In other cases, the luggage rack or bikes on the back of your car can damage your door. So what do you do if your garage door has suffered serious damage?

 

Check the Extent of the Damage

 
The bottom section of the door is most likely to be run into in most cases. If you have an electric garage door opener, it can probably lift the door almost completely even with the bottom half damaged. While a standard garage door opener is powerful enough to pull a load of up to 350 lb. (160 kilos), it should never lift more than its normal load, between 8 and 10 lb. (3.5 and 4.5 kilos).
 
Before you attempt to raise or lower the door in this situation, take a look at the various parts. Check that the rollers are still in their tracks, and that they are aligned in their hinges. The lifting cables need to be correctly aligned with the drums they wind around, as well. It’s very important that the whole lifting system appears to be in place. Do not touch any of these parts, as they are under very high tension that equals the full weight of the garage door.
 
As long as everything looks like it’s in place, then you can continue getting your car out of the garage. Stand at least 8 feet (2.5 m) from the door and push the button on your remote once your car is safely out of the way. If you hear loud noises and see that the sections are not fitting together properly, unplug the garage door opener and be sure not to touch anything.
 
 

Door Totally Off the Tracks?

 
If the door is totally off the tracks, there’s not much you can do. Usually, you can find contact information for the company or technician who installed your door on the housing of the garage door opener. Do not touch anything, and contact them, or another garage door technician.
 
 

Call Your Insurance Company

 
There are two things you need to do next: if the garage door is very seriously damaged, your home insurance agency should be contacted. If your car is damaged, your car insurance agency should be contacted. In some cases, it may be more affordable to simply pay for damages depending on the deductibles of your policies.
 
 

Garage Door Repair Costs

 
The cost of replacing or repairing a damaged garage door depends on the several things. The extent of the damage, of course, but the age of the door can also play a factor. If your garage door is so old that replacement sections are no longer available, you may have to replace the entire system. That will be about two to three hours of labor.
 
If all you need is a replacement section, you only have to calculate the price a complete 4-section door (7- to 8-ft. doors have 4 sections) and divide by 4. The labor cost will be the highest part of the bill, because the door must be completely taken apart, repaired, and then replaced.
 
 

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