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Fire Door Life Extension

Fire doors are essential pieces of residential and/or commercial safety infrastructure. They allow for safe and instant egress in the event of a fire, and can also slow down the spread of the fire, mitigating potential damage. However, like all equipment, fire doors can degrade over time and will eventually need to be maintained, upgraded, or replaced. Here’s some maintenance tips from the commercial security experts at Nonstop Locksmith that allow you to make the most over your fire door.

Don’t Paint Over the Entire Door

Make sure not to paint over the entire door – especially the door’s curtains, fusible links, and the guides. These parts of the door have to be left alone for the door to work properly. When painted, the door will fall out of compliance with fire codes. If you’re not certain whether the fire door should be painted, just avoid it entirely in order to be safe.

Don’t Try Repairing the Fire Door Yourself

Doors always experience functional issues over time – it’s normal. However, in situations when the door isn’t working properly due to a power failure or mechanical issues, don’t try to repair it yourself. Amateur repair attempts can severely damage the door even further, not to mention causing the door to drop from adherence to proper compliance codes. When fire doors are experiencing issues, make sure to contact a professional door repair company to run maintenance diagnostic tests, and provide all necessary repairs. This allows you to ensure that the door will work properly in a potential emergency, and help you avoid the legal stresses that come with operating a fire door that’s not up to code. It’s always a smart idea to be cautious around a malfunctioning fire door, and when it is working properly, only use it for the purpose that it’s intended for.

Run a Yearly Diagnostic

It’s definitely essential to run a yearly diagnostic test on fire doors to ensure their long term longevity. Make sure to hire a fire door maintenance professional who understands the in’s and out’s of fire doors, and can quickly spot a maintenance issue that can quickly snowball and cause issues. This allows you to make sure that any potential issues are caught while you are ahead, eliminating the eventual cost of repairing even more serious issues. Furthermore, periodic maintenance sessions can ensure that your fire doors are remaining up to the fire code of your local city and/or county legal ordinances. A true professional fire door repair expert will understand the local legal ordinances, eliminating your need to contact external contractors and consolidating the costs of ensuring door fire code compliance.


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Non-Stop sent Chuck to do my door. I had to change keys because my abusive boyfriend finally moved out. He was very friendly and very professional. He even arrived about 5 minutes before the time he was supposed to be! He told me that he has worked for this company since they opened. It took him only about 20 minutes to do everything. The price is reasonable: $65 flat rate and $35 per door. I work on a customer service-oriented job and I can definitely say that this company excels in that part. If you need a locksmith in the Logan Square, Avondale area, don’t waste your time with other companies. Just call Non-Stop! Thanks, Chuck!

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Had a car lockout and needed an ignition key. Went to the Infiniti and Nissan dealership (Berman’s Infiniti) to “try” and get stuff sorted out but was met with bad service and tons of misinformation which left a bad impression. One person said one thing and the tech said another. I lost a lot of time and wasted effort trying to get stuff from the dealer’s service center. Then I got a referral to Non-Stop locksmith to get the job done. Quote was accurate had a great job done, courteous service and fast quality work. Dude made keys on the spot! My tech Robert went up and beyond my expectations to help me out of a jam.

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