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Prevent Garage Door Break-ins with This $1 Trick

12/26/2016

Learn How You Can Secure Your Garage with a Zip Tie

Reminder - Keep Your Garage Door ClosedOne of the most popular methods thieves use to break into garages involves a simple method of inserting a wire clothes hanger into the top of the panel and releasing the safety. This trick can allow entry into your garage in as little as six seconds. This can be especially problematic if you’re one of many homeowners who leave their interior garage door unlocked.

In order to prevent this, take a strong zip tie and run it through both holes in your garage door’s safety release, then fasten it. If done properly, you shouldn’t be able to release the safety latch.

The only concern with this method is in the event of an emergency, you will not be able to release the safety without first breaking the zip tie. Therefore we recommend using a zip tie you can break or keeping a tool within the garage that can do so.

Garage Door Springs: Watch Out for This Common Repair Scam

One of the most common repair scams involves upselling torsion springs for a garage door. This usually starts with the technician offering you different tiers of spring pricing up to a “lifetime” warranty choice. First, spring manufacturers typically only provide 90-day warranties on their springs. Any longer period than that would have to be covered by your technician. Most companies only offer an additional 2 to 3 years and if they go out of business – you’re out of luck. Even the lowest-rated spring should last you more than five years if you operate your door a few times a day. If it sounds like too good of a deal to be true, it’s probably better to call a different company.

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