Messenger Xtra: Between Tenents

Posted by Poppy Behrens on Apr 18, 2015 12:00:00 AM

By TJ Kuehn

Do you make it standard practice to execute a cleaning punch list whenever a storage unit changes hands? This is a great habit that improves the vitality and value of your product. However, if you’re just cleaning, you may be ignoring a vital component of the unit: the door. The next time you sweep and wash a unit, let it serve as a reminder to also perform preventative maintenance on the door.

Any time you need to interact with the mechanics of a door, even for routine maintenance, it’s best to hire a trained door professional. They are familiar with all the hazards and follow proper maintenance guidelines published by their trade organization TDA #286.

Believe it or not, a door that sees continuous use is typically in better shape than one that sits idle for an extended period of time. Nowhere is this more evident than with the spring. Storage door springs should be lubricated once a year. Unfortunately, the operational realities of a typical facility make this nearly impossible, but an even coat of lithium grease after a tenant moves out will improve a door’s operation and dependability.

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Test the door after the spring is lubricated. If it is difficult to open or close, it may require a tension adjustment. This is nothing more than tightening or loosening the spring. A properly tensioned door will roll up and down with relative ease

View a Demonstration of Tension Adjustment on DBCI Doors

Finally, check the stability of the door components and guides. Tighten any loose nuts bolts. Take a close look at the latch and the astragal – the astragal is the rubber strips that runs along the bottom of the door. These are common points that experience excessive wear.

View a Short Video About Astragal Change

The door isn’t just a vital component of the storage unit; it’s the only part that faces the client and it’s the first interaction your customers have with a new unit. Make sure it’s in tip-top shape.