You check the locks on all your doors and windows, and install security systems to keep your home safe while you’re away. However, you may be forgetting to secure one important part of your home – your garage. Many homeowners overlook their garages when
it comes to safety, but that is one of the easiest places intruders can enter through. These are the best ways to secure your garage and keep your home and family safe.
Another good way of securing your garage is making sure your garage door is in good condition. Dents or cracks in the door or weather stripping can make it easier for intruders to enter your home. The Garage Door Center offers garage door repairs for your home in the Fairfield, CT area. Call us at 203-255-3033 for more information about repairs for your garage door.
You might see your garage as a storage space, but mice, bugs, and other pests see it as a warm sanctuary from the winter cold. To keep your home safe from unwelcome critters, use these tips for handling pests in your garage.
Before figuring out how to remove them, you must know how to tell if pests are making a home in your garage in the first place. The easiest way to do this is by actually spotting the critters. Since some may be smart enough to hide when you’re around, look for droppings or gnawed spots in the walls where mice and other pests may burrow. Sounds in your garage can be another sign of pests. At night, mice will usually make scratching noises, and you may also hear chirping if a new litter has been born. Always check any piles of clothes or papers since these are a popular place for pests to hide.
There are a variety of ways to remove pests from your garage, some more humane than others. The best way to safely get rid of pests is by removing their food and water source. Electronic pest removal systems don’t always work since mice can get used to the sound given off and learn to ignore it. Traditional methods of pest removal include pesticides and spring-loaded traps. These are the least humane options you can choose but are also the least expensive. Whatever method you decide on, make sure to check your garage regularly until you find no signs of pests.
Once your garage is no longer a critter motel, you must make sure that future pests can’t take up residence. Block off all openings with mesh wire, and find and fill any mice holes with steel-wool and caulk. Remove any food or water sources in your garage and store clothing or papers in pest-proof, plastic bins.
A common way to end up with pests in your garage is by having a broken garage door. Critters can sneak in through damaged weatherstripping or holes in the door itself. Garage Door Center is your go-to for garage door repairs in Fairfield, CT. Call us today to have us inspect your door for damage and make any repairs necessary to keep your garage pest-free.
If you need garage door repairs in Fairfield, Ct, call Garage Door Center at 203-255-3033.
More often than not, the garage is a space used for storing items you don’t want or don’t have room for in your home. The average garage will be filled with seasonal clothes, some workshop tools, a few bikes, and maybe a car. However, there are a few things you shouldn’t keep in your garage during winter. Check out these garage storage don’ts.
Contrary to popular belief, your garage is not a catch-all when it comes to storage. Knowing what and what not to store in your garage can make a big difference in how safe and healthy your garage space is.
When sorting out your storage, take notice of your garage door. If it needs repairs or replacement, come to Garage Door Center of Fairfield, CT. We offer an amazing selection of custom doors to refresh your home’s look. Call us today at 203-255-3033 or visit our showroom!
When you think of cutting energy costs in your home, you probably see your kitchen and bathrooms as the culprits of costly operation. You may not know that your garage could be costing you a pretty penny in energy efficiency too. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and cut garage energy costs, follow these tips.
There are a bunch of improvements you can make to cut garage energy costs and increase efficiency. Plus, by following these tips, you’re reducing your carbon footprint and helping our planet. Garage Door Center offers garage door repairs to help keep your garage as energy efficient as possible.
For more information on the garage door repair services we offer, call 203-255-3033 and set up an appointment to swing by our Fairfield, CT showroom.
Each year, there are 6,600 garage fires in homes across the U.S. These fires, according to FEMA, cause $457 million in property loss, and injure 400 people. No one wants to be the victim of a fire, so follow these garage safety tips to protect you and your home.
-Connect your garage to the inside of your home with a 20-minute fire-rated door that is self-closing and self-latching.
-If a garage wall is attached to your house, install a half-inch Type X gypsum board, or an equivalent, on that wall. This will slow the fire from spreading to your home.
-If you have access to your attic from your garage, install an attic hatch to block fires.
-Always have a heat detector in your garage so you are alerted of any fires.
-Store materials that can catch fire away from your home.
-Use safety locks and guards when storing products on shelves or in cabinets to prevent items from tipping or falling.
-Store materials that can cause a fire out of the sunlight and away from open heat and flames.
-Do not fill gasoline containers indoors, and only store them in well-ventilated locations.
-Plug in only one charging appliance at a time.
-Do not use an extension cord when charging appliances – plug them directly into an outlet.
-If you see or experience any faulty wiring, call an electrician to fix it. (Most garage fires are caused by electrical problems.)
-Keep appliances away from any materials that can burn.
-Throw out products according to the label instructions. Do not keep them longer than advised.
-Don’t throw an aerosol can into the trash, as it may contain chemicals that can burn and start a fire.
-If you have a spill, clean the area and place the container in a well-ventilated space.
-If you find that a spill cannot be contained or you are not sure how to handle the cleanup or disposal of the product, call your local fire department for help.
At Garage Door Center, we recognize that the best way to enjoy your garage is by being safe. The last thing anyone wants is to turn their garage into a man-cave or install one of our custom garage doors, only to have a fire put it all in jeopardy. Follow these garage safety tips to ensure you, your family, and your home are protected.
Have your home stand out with a custom garage door from Garage Door Center. Call 203-255-3033 today, and schedule an appointment to meet with us at our Fairfield showroom!