FOUR DIY COMMERCIAL DOOR REPAIRS
Owning or operating a commercial facility of any kind can be difficult and expensive. Door repairs are not something we typically are proactive about. Instead, repairs are made as issues arise but a little preventative maintenance can save facilities hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Here are four “Do It Yourself” maintenance tips, that can help keep your interior and exterior doors functioning longer.
1. CLEAN DEBRIS FROM STRIKES
The strike on your door frame is a haven for dirt and other debris. Employees or customers will often time stick trash or pieces of paper in these strike holes, rendering the lock ineffective. Make it a point to check all your door strikes for clutter and keep them clean. This will ensure the door is latching properly and not causing any added strain on the latch or door closer.
2. CHARGE THE BATTERIES
Just like smoke alarms, if you have electronic locks, they need to have the batteries checked, at least once a year. Most locks will operate for several years on a single battery charge, but when they fail, or if corrosion is occurring, you will want to change those batteries right away. Even if the lock is functioning fine, you may be unaware of a battery leak inside the lock, that could result in you having to purchase an entirely new unit!
3. CHECK DOOR CLOSERS
The door closer is an essential piece of door hardware. Make it a point to check your facility for any fluid leaking from the closer. This is usually a sign that the hydraulic seal is broken and the closer will have to be replaced. Replacing it during normal business hours is going to be much more cost-effective, than calling a locksmith when it breaks after hours. Also, make sure to keep an Allen wrench handy, so you can make proper adjustments on the closer. If it is closing too hard, it can damage the frame, lock, or numerous other pieces of the door. If it is closing too slowly, it may not be latching correctly, leaving your facility exposed.
4. LOOK FOR WARNING SIGNS
As you walk your facility and check your strikes, closers, and batteries, look for any other signs of problems. Check the frame for signs that the door is rubbing against it. You might notice scratch marks in certain areas, that could pose a larger problem in the future. Also, make sure the screws are not missing, and everything is tightened. It only takes a few minutes, but it could save you a lot of money in the long run!