With spring lurking around the corner, you’re putting all the pieces in place for your lawn care, your air conditioning checkup and your pool cleaning. That means it’s also a great time to think about conducting maintenance on your chain link fence electric gate, whether it’s your home gate or a business.
Fall and winter create conditions that will cause long-term damage to your chain link fence electric gate, so a spring maintenance program will extend the life of your gate and protect your investment.
Here are some of the more common sources of problems for your chain link fence electric gate and ways regular maintenance can prevent them from becoming expensive headaches:
Dirt and Debris
Dry and dead plant materials have an amazing way of working themselves into even the tiniest of spaces. Once they are in, they attract moisture that causes damage to all kinds of electric gate components. Be it hinges, latches, pulleys, wheels, cable or chains, and even electronic components that supposedly are sealed away from the elements, all can attract dirt and plant debris then suffer the corrosive effects of moisture.
The higher quality of chain link fence electric gates you installed, the less this would seem to affect you, but even the best gates benefit from an annual inspection, cleaning and lubricating. Components on less expensive gates are not sealed as well, so they especially benefit from regular cleaning.
If components on your chain link fence electric gate get caked with dirt or damaged by moisture, they will impede the movement of your gate and require the motor to work harder, increasing the stress on the motor. Professional technicians will be able to check the pressure and torque to ensure the gate is moving properly and not putting undue strain on your motor.
Regular cleaning and lubricating of moving parts with professional grade products will provide increased years of service from your chain link fence electric gate without costly repairs or replacement.
While you can perform this cleaning and maintenance yourself, a professional technician will know what kinds of problems to watch for and be able to spot issues when they are minor and make repairs, saving you money in the long term.
Like dust and debris, small critters have a great ability to get into tight and protected spaces and cause havoc with your chain link fence electric gates, especially the electronic components.
Slugs and snails with their slimy trails can damage circuit boards that control much of your gate’s movement. These trails include their own corrosive chemicals plus they attract moisture that if left uncleaned, will damage your electronic components.
Spiders will spin their webs in and among your electronics, again drawing moisture that will damage circuit boards, wiring and other sensitive equipment.
Rats and mice will chew into and through cables, exposing them to moisture damage that can increase if left unrepaired. They also will chew on rubber seals that are designed to keep dirt and moisture away from circuit board and electronics.
While you certainly can search for these pests on your own, a professional maintenance technician will recognize the tell-tale signs these pests leave behind and can avert damage before it occurs.
Snow and ice can have an insidious effect on your chain link fence electric gates as they trap the moisture in place for long periods, giving it more time to work its damage.
Depending upon the type of gate you have and the structure that holds the gate, weather can cause problems outside the normal gate components.
Moisture can cause rusting in metal supports for the chain link fence electric gates, weakening it in places near the ground or even underground that you might not notice. These can affect the alignment of the chain link fence electric gates, and even a slight shift in the alignment will cause the motor strain or throw off your safety features.
If your chain link fence electric gates is supported by a brick or stone structure, moisture can cause damage to the mortar in the structure or where the gate attaches to the posts. A spring inspection will catch any small damage that could grow into a bigger issue if left unchecked. Mortar can be repairs. Hinges can be tightened.
Metal gates also could use a good power washing in the spring to clean off the winter dirt. This also is a good time to check the metal for signs of damage and rust that could grow and leave unsightly damage. If caught early, these places can be cleaned, sanded and repainted to extend the life and improve the appearance of the chain link fence electric gates.
Safety Components of Chain Link Fence Electric Gate
Finally, an inspection will be able to test and ensure that all the safety components of your chain link fence electric gate are functioning properly, so your gate doesn’t harm a vehicle or person. Snowplows or sliding vehicles can knock your detection devices out of alignment, raising the possibility a gate will not stop moving when a vehicle or person enters, as they are designed to do. Wires also can corrode and drop their connections, rendering your detectors useless.
You’ve already made a large investment in your chain link fence electric gate. You enjoy the beauty and security it provides for your home or business. It’s handy to drive up the gate and flip it open with your remote or even you smart phone. Now it’s time to give your gate a little TLC with an annual maintenance plan to ensure it continues to serve you for years to come.
Contact us today to set up a regular maintenance schedule for your chain link fence electric gates or to receive a free estimate from our fence company.