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Small Home Changes Can Improve Your Family's Health

My husband and I both suffer from allergies and asthma and, unfortunately, two of our children inherited our health problems. Living with both can be a struggle, but we take every step we can to keep our family healthy. One spring, when our seasonal allergies were especially bad, we decided to finally have our carpeting replaced with natural tile flooring and that was a great decision. Even though it seemed like we vacuumed constantly, I guess our carpets harbored more dust and mites than we ever expected! Since then, we have invested in other upgrades to improve our family's health, including antimicrobial kitchen counter tops. I enjoy helping others, so I decided to start a blog to share what we have learned about home upgrades and renovations. I plan to post on a variety of topics, so there will be something of interest to everyone!

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Five Reasons Why Your Garage Door Opener Is Noisy

A noisy garage door is a neighborhood nuisance. Not only can excessive garage door noise irritate you and your neighbors, but it could also indicate that malfunctions are occurring that will cause the premature wear of parts. 

It's important to pay attention to excessive garage door noise so you know to keep up on maintenance needs. If your garage door is more noisy than you'd like, you need to first find the cause to remedy the problem. The following five problems are the most common reasons why a garage door makes too much noise:

You've got a noisy type of opener.

Some types of openers make more noise than others. The loudest type of garage door opener is generally considered to be the chain drive opener. The chain component of this type of opener will typically need to be frequently lubricated to avoid too much creaking when the door is opened and closed. 

Your springs need to be lubricated.

Lubricating springs with oil is something you should do on a regular basis to maintain the mechanical components of your garage door opener. When springs aren't adequately lubricated, the friction between metal parts will cause loud grinding noises.

To remedy noise problems through lubrication, pay special attention to the gear and sprocket parts found within the opener unit's main console. It's especially important to lubricate these components to avoid excessive noise caused by friction. 

You've got loose nuts and bolts.

Metal nuts and bolts will make grinding or squeaking noises if they are loose and movement of the garage door is causing them to rub against one another.

You can easily remedy this problem with a wrench. Retighten loose nuts and bolts and you may find that the noise immediately goes away. 

Your springs and hinges are worn.

Over time, your springs and hinges will naturally wear out. Wear can cause irregular grinding and creaking in springs and hinges, and the only way to fix this problem is to have these parts replaced. However, keeping springs and hinges adequately lubricated will reduce wear and prevent unpleasant noisiness. 

You need to have your bearings replaced.

The pulley and the rollers of your garage door opener include bearings that will wear out over time. This is likely to be the cause of unusual noises if you're hearing an irregular clicking or ticking when your garage door opens or closes. If this is the cause of your garage door noises, you'll need to have your bearings replaced by a professional. 

Make sure to follow the information in this post or contact a professional if you have any questions.