Winter Taking a Toll on Garage Doors

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After a little winter weather warm up teaser melted some of the ice and snow earlier in the week, an overnight freeze of the mix meant garage trouble for some.

Businesses like The Overhead Door Company have been busy with calls to come and fix garage doors that broke after being frozen to the ground. The Wausau division manager, Tom Radenz said people often open their garage doors without considering the ice.

"This winter, a lot of the residential and commercial garage doors, they get frozen down to the cement and then when the customer tries to open them, it basically either damages the top section or damages something with the opener," said Radenz

He said this can be avoided, however.

"Before they come to open the door, if, in fact they take a shovel or even tap the bottom of the door with their foot, to ensure that it isn't frozen that will then take away the damage to the door or the opener," he said.

An average repair can cost anywhere from $150-$200. Repairmen also said making sure to lubricate springs, barrens, and rollers to help keep garage doors moving smoothly.

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