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Posted by: admin on January 5, 2014
In late 2013, instead of enjoying special holiday time with family and friends – or perhaps heading off to the mall on a last-minute gift buying spree – thousands of people across the GTA looked out the window and had to ask themselves if they lived in Ontario…or the Arctic Circle!
Indeed, an unprecedented amount of frozen rain over a short period of time, followed by a deep freeze that saw temperatures plummet to -40 with the wind chill, combined to cover houses, driveways, sidewalks, roads and yes, garage doors too, in a thick layer of ice.

Well, if you were one of the thousands of GTA residents who realized what Old Man Winter is like when he’s in a bad mood, we unfortunately can’t change what you’ve been through.

However, the good news is that when (not if!) the next ice storm happens — which hopefully won’t be anytime soon – you’ll be prepared to open your frozen garage door by following these 3 tips:

1. Start by using an ice scraper to chip away at ice that may be causing the bottom of your garage door to stick. Be careful not to scratch or damage your garage door.

2. If scraping the ice doesn’t work, then you can try pouring hot water to the area. Use as little water as possible, and be ready to try opening the garage door right away – because the water will quickly freeze.

3. If scraping and hot water don’t do the trick, then place a portable heater inside your garage and near the door in order to melt the ice. The amount of time this takes depends on the size of your heater and the amount of ice. Always remember to use the heater INSIDE your garage and NOT OUTSIDE, since you don’t want to get it wet and possibly cause an electric shock. Also, NEVER leave the heater unattended, or place it too close to the door.

Some Final Words of Advice
Please keep in mind that, while the above tips can help open your frozen garage door, there may be situations where it’s simply not feasible — or safe – to do so, given the prevailing weather conditions. So please keep this in mind. The last thing you want to do is damage your garage door and face costly repair bills, or worse, do something that could cause an injury to you, your family or anyone else on your property.

Frozen Garage Door? We’re Here to Help!
Unsure of how to “unfreeze” your garage door? Then call us today! We’re here to answer your questions and provide helpful and practical advice. Plus, we can even send an experienced technician to your home to inspect your garage door and help you enjoy trouble-free operation – no matter what Old Man Winter has in store!
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