Why Does My Condo Hallway Door Close On Its Own?


It’s been a long day at work, you had to pick up groceries for dinner, the kids are screaming in the backseat, you finally drag yourself, your kids, your groceries from the parkade to your condo’s hallway door… and as you are trying to get everything through, the door keeps closing on you. It is just enough some days to make you want to scream! Did you know that door may be saving your life?

In a multi-family building of any size, you are literally putting your life safety in the hands of your neighbours. One burned batch or cookies are an oil fire in a kitchen could suddenly create a fire with toxic smoke in your building. Fire officials know the risks of these fires and they call for each unit to have a fire separation from the main building that will buy you time for emergency personnel to reach you. Your hallway door is a major weak point in the fire separation if left even partially open which is why auto-closers are required.

As a home and condo inspector, one of the things I check for life safety is if there is a functioning auto closer on the hallway door. It is not uncommon to see these disconnected or non-functional which is often the occupant becoming frustrated with the door closing on them. As one of our roles in a condo inspection is to notify our clients of safety concerns, we will always advise clients to have a functioning auto-closer.

So next time you are fighting your way through the door at the end of a long day, remember that door one day may save your life.

By James Bell - Author | Owner/Operator of Solid State Inspections Inc.