If you are restoring a historic building, the old elevators may need regular maintenance and servicing to ensure they are safe. This may be to save historic features of the building that are indispensable and could require inspection, repairs, and retrofitting. The following guide to elevator service, inspection, and maintenance will help you keep these features when restoring historic buildings.

Inspections for Existing Elevators and Their Equipment to Ensure They Are Safe

The existing elevators in your building will first need to have a complete inspection. Some of the things that will be checked during the inspection include:

  • Electrical wiring and controls
  • Cables and mechanical components
  • Elevator shaft and safety systems
  • Electric motors and lifting systems

These are some of the areas that will be inspected to ensure the elevator is safe. The inspection service will also evaluate the appearance of the elevator and components like doors and interior finishes.

Routine Elevator Maintenance to Reduce Wear and Prevent Problems That Could Become Hazards

It is important that the elevators in your building are well-maintained. This should start with a good cleaning routine to ensure the exterior and interior of lifts are clean to reduce wear. In addition, parts need to be greased and maintained regularly to ensure smooth operation and prevent wear that can cause damage to components and failures.

Repairs and Replacing Worn Elevator Parts That Need to Be Replaced as Part of Routine Maintenance

Over time, there are some parts in elevators that are going to wear out or become outdated. These parts will need to be replaced to ensure that the elevator can be operated safely. Some of the parts that may need to be replaced include:

  • Electrical wiring and controls
  • Motors
  • Cables
  • Pulleys and moving mechanical parts

These are some of the parts that could wear and need to be replaced to ensure your elevators are in working condition and can be used safely.

Retrofitting Older Elevators With Modern Equipment to Reduce Wear and Damage That Causes Hazards

There are some elevators that are just too old to be repaired and maintained to modern standards. Therefore, you may need to retrofit your elevators with modern electrical wiring, controls, and safety equipment. Talk with the elevator service about options to retrofit your historic elevators and preserving their aesthetic appearance.

These are some of the things that you will want to do for the inspection, maintenance, and repairs of elevators when doing restorations to historic buildings. If you need help with the elevators in a building you are restoring, contact an elevator service to help ensure they are safe and operable.   

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