The garage door systems industry recognizes the important safety role played by home inspectors. This checklist intends to help home inspectors maximize the value of their service to homeowners and home buyers.
This checklist covers the most important parts of a basic inspection of a residential sectional garage door connected to an automatic garage door operator. This checklist does not apply to tilt-up one-piece doors.
The garage door is typically the largest moving object in the house, and many of its components are under high tension. Improper installation or maintenance of a garage door can create a hazardous condition that can cause serious injury or even death. If a spring is broken, operating the door can cause serious injury or death. Do not operate the door until the spring is replaced by a trained door systems technician.
Because of potential dangers involved, all repairs and adjustments must be performed by a trained door systems technician using proper tools and instructions.
A moving door can cause serious injury or death. Keep people clear of the opening while the door is moving.
High spring tension can cause serious injury or death. Do not try to remove, repair or adjust springs or anything to which door spring parts are fastened, such as, wood blocks, steel brackets, cables or other like items.
These inspection steps assume that the door is operable and balanced. If the door appears inoperable, a trained door systems technician should be contacted. This checklist covers the safest procedures that are supported by DASMA. If a home inspector encounters a problematic situation, we urge you to contact a trained door systems technician for a consultation, particularly if any of the items in the checklist are answered "No".