Automatic driveway gates are not only convenient, but they also add a level of privacy and security to your property.
However, if you do not maintain your automatic gate, you will find that it does not work as efficiently and does not look nearly as good as it used to.
Here's a quick guide on maintaining automatic gates, so you can keep yours functioning effectively and looking as new as possible.
Cleaning Automatic Gates
Keeping your automatic gate clean helps maintain its appearance, functionality, and usability.
One thorough cleaning per year is recommended, alongside doing smaller cleanings as necessary. This will remove the build-up of dirt, grime, and rust that can occur on an automatic gate.
Metal automatic gates can be washed with water, a soft sponge, and mild soap. This is enough to get rid of accumulated grime and rust from environmental conditions and harsh weather.
After washing the gate, rinse and let it dry before waxing. This helps prevent rust and preserve the gate's finish.
Keep an eye out for any rust on the gate and thoroughly clean the affected area with gentle scrubbing. Rust not only detracts from appearance, but it can also do severe damages to the gate.
Lubricating an Automatic Gate System
Lubricating the moving parts of an automatic gate system is an integral part of gate maintenance and helps decrease the need for costly repairs down the line. You should focus on lubricating the chain, pulley, wheels, hinges, screws.
Gates should be lubricated every six months or so. If an automatic gate system is not lubricated, its moving parts may be damaged by friction and will not move as effectively.
The best way to lubricate your automatic gate is to use white lithium grease, oil, or silicone-based lubricant. Do not use WD-40, heavy oil, or petroleum-based lubricants on your automatic gate.
Pests can be destructive to a gate's electrical components. Insects, rodents, reptiles, snails, and other creatures can damage the circuitry and wiring of an automatic gate.
Snails and slugs can cause moisture build-ups on the circuitry of automatic gate systems if they reach the circuit board. Certain insects can cause similar issues. This includes spiders and ants, which can damage parts of a gate system with their webs and nests.
Another known pest to gates is mice and squirrels, which are known to chew and urinate on wiring. If you notice any trace of those pests during your yearly cleaning, we advise hiring a pest control professional to deal with them. They know how to handle any situation without causing further damage to your system.
Performing Maintenance on Automatic Gates
Besides removing leaves built up in the fall, performing proper maintenance by cleaning, waxing, and lubricating automatic gates is essential. It ensures your gate will keep functioning optimally and continue to look its best. Keeping an eye out for rust or pests will allow you to protect your automatic gate from severe problems.
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