Garage door springs can pose a safety hazard. Torsion springs that break can send sharp shrapnel flying junks around the garage. Anyone inside the garage could get badly injured if that happens. Recent overhead garage doors pose few safety issues in the event of spring breakage.
These types of springs are installed on a rod or shaft that retains the junks of broken springs in order to prevent accidents. The shaft works like a retainer so that the broken junks of torsion springs are not allowed to go ballistic in any condition. On the opposite side, old springs have different specifications and safety hazards. These springs are subject to sending ballistic pieces of heavy broken springs flying around your garage in the event of damages. What could be a situation, it always matters to hire professional garage door services including Houston garage door spring repair dealing with the broken springs.
The model of springs can be identified easily by inspecting them because the newer version of springs is installed with a core rod that runs through the coil of the springs. It is designed as a built-in safety feature because this shaft or rod will retain the chunks of steel in the case of garage door spring breakage.
You can check the new spring at the local hardware store to see what is core retaining rod running inside the spring. If your garage door springs do not have such a rod, it is suggested to replace them immediately. But this task will cost up to $500 depending on the material of the garage door. It is a simple way to make an old garage door spring as safe as possible.
Close the garage door completely to its maximum position and then measure the length of the spring. Double the measurement and then add two feet extra. For example, if you take the measurement that is 4.5 feet then doubled is 9 feet and add 2 feet which will be 11 feet. It means you need 11 feet of cable for each spring.
Don’t forget to add cable clamps to your shopping list. In the next step, thread the cable up the center of the spring to back down outside the spring to form a loop. Use the cable clamps to secure the end together. Now you have placed a retainer to make your garage door springs safe.
Your best step is to just replace the broken springs with the recent self-retaining ones but it will be a costly and hard job. Adjustment to the garage door balance might also be required since the new springs will have different specifications. The garage door opener might not function as well without the needed adjustment. You will have to call a professional garage door expert to replace the springs and make the necessary adjustments and it adds even more cost. By spending a few dollars by buying metal cables and clamps, you can make older springs much safer. It takes only a few efforts and minutes to avoid what could be very horrible when your old spring break and fly around.