September Home Maintenance To-Do List

Stained concrete garage floor

To-Do #7: Clean and Lubricate Garage Door

A neglected garage door can soon become jittery and noisy.

Give your garage door a little maintenance and cleaning this month so that your comings and goings won’t wake the neighbors.

Follow these steps:

  • Give the door itself a good cleaning to remove grime and mildew from the summer’s heat and lawn chores.
  • Use a rag to wipe dirt and debris out of the garage door tracks.
  • Lightly lubricate the hinges, bearings, and springs with engine oil.
  • If your door has metal rollers, you can also apply a little motor oil to them as well. If your door has nylon rollers, skip this step or else they may slip.
  • Raise and lower the garage door a few times to distribute the lubrication, and you’re all set!

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  1. Once again Danny provides solid advice on how to prepare your home for the new season. Cosmetic changes are always nice, but solid advice for safety and security in your home are top notch! Sharon, HomeMD Inspection Services

  2. Had a metal roof installed next to the back of my house over a wooden deck. It’s great sitting out with my coffee & enjoying mother nature. However it leaks under roof & the facial boards.. Help.

  3. I just saw your show on Morning Blend and I didn’t catch all that you said about the door sweeps. Where could I see that again? Thank you.
    Mary Lu

  4. I would like to know more about lubricating your garage doors with engine oil. I have used white lithium grease, but they still seem loud.

  5. We enjoy your show so much, even though it airs very early on our local cbs channel! We love the monthly updates and the info you provide both on the show and on the website. Printed out the fall list, even though we have lived in this house many years, it’s always good to have a reminder list of things that should be attended to. Might I mention one other: have your pest control company do a thorough check inside your home for evidence of insects/rodents. Even with the best pest control, things do happen, and can be overlooked if in an unused space.

  6. I saw a episode as I was preparing for the day early one morning. I saw your checklist which reminded me of the one I had from several years back. I liked your list and wanted to get a copy of it; not only to compare with mine but to put to use what I may have missed.


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