Topic: Safety and Cables for Your Overhead Door Sectional Doors
The lift cables at each side of a sectional overhead door should be visually inspected periodically for “fraying” of broken stands, severe twisting of strands, any other abnormalities or rust.
We suggest careful inspection frequently as a frayed, severe twisting, rust or other abnormal cable conditions is a warning that the cable strength has diminished and could break or fail at any time.
Effect of a Broken Cable: A broken cable leaves the door inoperable and has the potential to cause serious damage and injury, particularly if the cable breaks when the door is fully open or part way open.
How to Check for a Frayed or Severe Twisting of Strands of Cable: It is best to check and carefully inspect the cables when the door is in the down or closed position. Carefully check along the full length of the cable for any fraying or severe twisting. Prevention of failure or breakage can save inconvenient costly down time which can be disruptive to the operation and reduce repair expenses.
Just a little visual inspection can increase safety, operational efficiency, reliability, decrease downtime, extend useful life of your operating system and lessen service maintenance cost.
A quick visual inspection prior to operation could have avoided this very costly problem. The price of a new cable vs. a complete new door?
Inspect the cables. The cables should be tight and secured to the bottom fixtures. The cables should not rub against the door, track or any other objects. Cables with frayed or broken strands should be replaced by a trained door system technician.
Please, schedule those visual inspections and call us if we can assist in your department goals for improved operational efficiency and reliability while keeping that budget in check.