The garage door allows you to have quick and easy access to your home with just a touch of a button. When you are away on vacation, it may be an easy way for potential burglars to get into your home, as well. In order to ensure that burglars are not able to get into your home through the garage door, you need to take the time to lock it in two different ways.
The system locks on its own, when the garage door closes, but if the burglar has the remote or knows to fish the cord that opens the door, he or she will be able to unlock the door and get into your garage. The following guide walks you through the steps to ensure your garage door is totally secure when you leave for vacation.
Find the Right Location
You will be locking the track of the garage door so that someone cannot open it. You need to look on the side of your track and find a spot directly above one of the rollers located near the bottom of the track. Make a mark with a marker on the side of the track exactly two inches above the roller.
Drill a Hole
Use a drill to drill a hole on the mark that you made. You want to be sure that the hole is large enough for a lock to fit through the hole. When you are drilling the hole, be sure that you hold onto the track with one hand, while you are drilling with the other so that the track does not move too much during the drilling process. This track will vibrate during the process.
Place the Lock
Insert the lock through the hole that you created and lock it. The lock will stop the roller from rolling up the track, when someone tries to open the door, while you are gone on vacation.
Test the Door
Unlock your garage door and try to lift it. It should not open. Press the open key on your garage door remote. The door should roll slightly and then hit the lock and close again.
This simple locking approach will keep your garage safe from burglars and give you peace of mind. When you get back from vacation, all you will need to do is go into your garage through your house and remove the lock before opening the garage door. If you are uneasy about this procedure, contact a garage door specialist like Shank Door for help or advice.