Elevators are important in buildings with multiple floors if the building is open to the public. While older buildings did not always have elevators, new buildings are bound by the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide access to people with disabilities.
The elevators in your building are not helpful if they are not working. It is essential to have an elevator maintenance program in place to keep the elevators ready to go when someone pushes the call button. Hiring an elevator company to service your elevators is an excellent way to ensure that the elevators are working properly for everyone riding in them.
Most elevator service companies offer regular service packages that will address all the essential parts of the elevator and make sure that the elevator is ready for inspection every year. The service company can also identify areas that are potential problems for you so you can get them fixed right away.
Each state and some cities have specific rules that dictate how often you must service your elevators and what items need to be addressed. Check with your local code enforcement office to get the requirements for your area. They will help you find out if there are local requirements that you need to follow. If there are no local requirements, they will be able to tell you where to get the state requirements or who to talk to about them.
While the elevator may work just fine, the lighting and the controls on the landing have requirements that must be met. From the size of the lights and indicators to the placement of the controls, there are specific guidelines that dictate the layout. When the elevators were installed, the contractor will lay out the controls to meet those rules, but the service company will keep them working correctly.
Service elevators are typically not intended for transporting people, but they still have similar rules and service guidelines that you must follow. Check with the elevator service company you are working with to find out if they work with service elevators. Some guidelines address the weight requirements and the type of freight that is okay to transport in the elevator, so be sure to check what you can use your freight elevator for and how often it needs servicing. No matter what of elevator you have in your building, taking care of it properly is the best option to keep it working for you.