At some point we have all had to deal with, or are going to have to deal with, a stuck or sticky door. Over time doors and frames can warp and stop sliding together as perfectly as they once did. Whether because of weather, or because of simple wear and tear, you might come home one day to find that a door in your home (whether inside or outside) will simply not open. You can call door replacement services to help you out of the jam, or you can attempt to figure it out on your own. Below are some recommendations for what to do when your door is stuck shut.
Run a Piece of Stock Paper Around the Door
The first thing you want to do before calling in the door replacement services is to try and diagnose and fix the problem yourself. You can do this by taking a piece of simple stock paper and running it along the edge of your door where it meets the frame. It should be able to pass through the gap, no problem, until it meets the area that is the source of the problem. Now, at least, you know what part of the frame-door connection is causing the door to stick.
Apply Some Petroleum Jelly to the Hinges
The problem might simply be that the hinges have stopped working properly, not that your door is faulty, or needs to be replaced. You can massage some petroleum jelly into the hinges to see if some simple lubrication will at least allow you to get the door open, so you can better diagnose the problem.