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Is Your Elevator On The Naughty List?

Dru Brooks

It’s the holiday season and many patrons will be hauling their precious cargo on your elevators, delivering gifts to the good girls & boys. Having an elevator break down during this time of year can feel catastrophic and get you and your maintenance team relegated to the naughty list. We recommend that you create an elevator inspection list and check it twice to find out if your elevator is naughty or nice.

Rest assured that the big guy is watching, so if you have kept up with the following tasks throughout the year, your elevators are sure to be on the nice list.

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Routine Elevator Inspection

Routine professional elevator inspections are essential to preventing problems before they turn into safety hazards. Also, routine maintenance plays a key role in preserving the condition of your elevator and reducing the potential for costly and time consuming repairs. 

Elevator Safety Regulations

Commercial elevators have the potential to be dangerous when you don’t meet local safety standards. However, when you follow all of the necessary regulations, your elevator is can become one of the safest travel methods available. Elevator regulations can change periodically to reflect regional best practices, so partnering with a trusted local elevator service provider will help reduce the risk of potential fines and assure your elevator is running at its best.

Emergency Lighting & Communication

The goal of elevator maintenance is to prevent emergencies from happening, but you still need to be prepared in the case of your elevator malfunctioning. Most elevators have a battery backup system to allow for use during power outages, and they also have emergency lighting and communication methods. Ensure that you know how to check that these systems are working or contact your elevator service provider to perform routine diagnostics and repairs.

Preventative Maintenance

The more proactive you are with your elevator maintenance practices, the easier you can resolve problems when they arise. Take time during your monthly maintenance and inspections to check for potential issues, especially in commercial buildings where elevators take on heavy loads daily. Waiting until there is a problem may cause undue delays in your elevator operation as parts and service may not be readily available. As Benjamin Franklin said, " an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".

Machine Room & Pit Inspection

The elevator machine room and pit are both prime areas you want to keep clean. Regulations only allow for equipment related to the elevator to be in the machine room, no matter how convenient of a storage location it may seem. In the pit, you’ll want to keep an eye out for leaks and ensure the sump pump is operational in case of snow melt, rain or flooding into the elevator shaft. The cleaner these areas are, the easier it is to see small leaks before they become big problems.

Elevator Service Schedule

Without a specific schedule, elevator maintenance and inspections can become irregular, potentially leaving large gaps between check-ups. Scheduling a regular maintenance routine with your elevator service provider will help catch issues before they arise and keep your lift in the best possible shape. 

Service You Can Believe In

As one of the top elevator companies in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania, Liberty Elevator understands that our customers have unique needs and we offer our clients the freedom to choose. Whether choosing a customized elevator maintenance program, installing non-proprietary equipment, or providing a flexible agreement, Liberty Elevator provides knowledgeable recommendations for various models and vintages of elevator equipment.

To assure your elevators are not on the "Naughty List", contact Liberty Elevator today and ring in the new year with a well behaved lift. 

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