Keep Your Home's Elevator In Tip-Top Shape

Construction & Contractors Blog

A home elevator is a convenience tool, but it's not one that you can just set aside and expect to work without some effort on your part. To keep an elevator functioning well, maintenance and proper use must be a priority. If you recently installed an elevator in your existing home or purchased a new home equipped with one, discover some of the important steps you should take. 

Use When Necessary

In terms of convenience, it typically doesn't get any better than having an elevator in your home. However, you don't want to use the elevator to the point that you cause unnecessary wear. Allowing your child to play with the elevator and send their toys up and down would be an instance of unnecessary use and also a potentially dangerous practice. 

The car relies on a set of cables to move it safely up and down. The more miles there are on the cables, the closer they get to failure, and failed cables equal an inoperable elevator. Controlling usage extends the life of your cables and costly and time-consuming cable maintenance. 

Regular Inspections

Commit to regular inspections. The machine room is the heart of an elevator and is typically where an inspection begins. Some of the important things that a technician will look for during an inspection of this space include verifying certain safety features are functioning correctly, such as a working light, an installed fire extinguisher, and a working smoke detector.  

An inspection will also involve verifying that the elevator has the necessary hydraulic fluid level. Low fluid levels can damage the elevator cables and pulleys by causing extra wear. The inspector will also examine the door to ensure that it is closing correctly and that there aren't any flooring issues that might cause an issue. A door that does not close correctly and floorboards that are puckering or shifting can also make the elevator less safe and cause damage to the door.

Weight Limit Guidelines

Adhere to the specific weight limit guidelines set by the elevator's manufacturer. Elevators in commercial buildings can typically hold loads that total a thousand or more pounds. It's highly unlikely that your home elevator has this same capability, but this is a factor that some homeowners forget. 

If the load is over the limit, the elevator won't operate. However, if the load is only near the limit, it will still work, but it will put a great deal of wear on the drive shaft of the elevator and cause it to fail prematurely. Aim to keep your average load well under the limit. 

To keep your elevator in good shape, partner with an elevator service professional for assistance.


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Construction Needs in Times of Disaster

I live in the middle of the desert, so I never thought that flooding would be a problem. However, a few months ago my town was hit with a huge storm. These freak storms are called "Hundred Year Storm" because the chances of them happening are once in a hundred years. Needless to say, no one was prepared for the aftermath--especially not the city sewage system. All this extra water had no where to go, and suddenly, I found my basement flooded. It wasn't a fun experience, but we dealt with it the best we could. Since then, I have spent a lot of time looking into different options for sewage, water lines, and other related things. We're now even looking into building a new house. This blog is the result of my ongoing research.