What to Do When You Damage Your Garage Door

Irvine, Mission Viejo, and Costa Mesa residents know that Southern California traffic warrants leaving the house extra early to get to work on time. However, in our mad dash out the door, sometimes we can make silly, half-asleep mistakes like putting your car in the wrong gear. It turns out, accidentally backing into your garage door is an extremely common occurrence. But what do you do when it happens? You still need to get to work on time, after all. 

Assess the Damage

The first thing you should do is assess the damage. Which parts of the garage door are affected? Is it cosmetic damage to the center of the door, or have components such as the spring, tracks, and photosensor been damaged as well? Are you able to safely open or close your garage door? Thoroughly assessing the damage as best you can will allow you to have a better idea of how unsafe and, therefore, how urgent the situation is. Perhaps you need to call a professional right away, or perhaps you can wait until you arrive back home from work in the evening.

Call a Professional

Either way, you will need to contact a garage door repair professional to assess the damage for themselves. Garage doors carry an extraordinary amount of weight and force, so a damaged garage door is a major safety hazard for your household. You should never attempt any sort of garage door repair on your own; always leave it to the professionals. When you call the experts at All Right Garage Doors, we will come out to your home, inspect the damage, and perform any necessary repairs or part replacements to get your garage door back in perfect order in no time. We even have a 24/7 emergency service, because we understand the security concerns associated with even the smallest garage door damage. No matter what day or time your garage door needs help, you can trust us to be there to get the job done.

Take Proper Precautions

In the meantime, before your garage door repair professional arrives, take any and all precautions to protect your home. Having an open garage door can leave you vulnerable to harsh weather, property damage, or thieves. If it’s not possible to safely close your garage door, make sure that you lock all doors to your home, including the one in the garage. Remove any and all valuable items from your garage and move them inside your home for the time being. 

File an Insurance Claim, if Necessary

Depending on the extent of your garage door damage, you may want to file a claim with your homeowner’s insurance. Sometimes the expected repair cost will be lower than your deductible, in which case it’s better not to file the claim and risk the payment increase. However, if the damage requires extensive repairs or a full replacement, it may be worth filing a claim with your insurance company. It’s recommended that you receive thorough repair estimates before you file an insurance claim so that you can gauge which decision is the best for you financially.

Accidents happen, and homeowners damage their garage door every day. We understand the safety and security risks associated with a damaged garage door, which is why we provide a 24/7 emergency garage door repair service. If you live in Irvine, Mission Viejo, Costa Mesa or anywhere else in Orange County, you can trust All Right Garage Doors to be there for you with unparalleled repair services and 5-star customer service. To receive an estimate on your damage repair today, give us a call at (714) 726-2225.