Owning or managing a building with an elevator comes with a lesser-known responsibility. Not only will the elevators require regular maintenance and repairs, but they must also be inspected regularly. Much like you would take your vehicle to have an annual inspection and receive certification from your state, elevators require the same. The process of […]
Elevator Inspections in Texas
Owning or managing a building comes with all manner of responsibilities in terms of maintenance and inspections. The elevators in a building are no exception. In addition to regular maintenance and necessary repairs, elevators are “licensed” and must receive an annual inspection to qualify for operation. That process allows the elevator to be properly “licensed.” […]
Emergency Evacuation of Passengers in Stalled Elevators
Recently, one of our own was in the right place at the right time during an emergency. Keith Gaut, our Mobile, AL Field Supervisor, recently took a trip, and while at the airport, a child became trapped inside the airport elevator. Keith was able to quickly and safely extract the child. Here is the story […]
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN ADDING AN ELEVATOR TO YOUR HOME
So, you’re considering a home elevator installation. The process happens to be both smoother and less costly if an elevator is purchased as part of the original construction. However, adding an elevator to an existing structure is a great deal more in reach than most would imagine. Whether for new or existing homes, residential elevators […]
Hydraulic Jack Replacement: Why and How?
For those with hydraulic elevators, the replacement of a hydraulic jack can be a lengthy and expensive process. However, it is becoming decidedly more rare given changing techniques and the imposition of new codes. Here we try to give an overview of what is at play here and the evolution of the procedures for dealing […]
Elevator Fire Service Part 1: The Key Switch
Have you ever seen a red key switch in the hall? The one that says, “FIRE SERVICE,” “OFF,” “ON,” and “BYPASS”? Have you ever wondered what it does? We’ll tell you! First, let’s talk about fire service, what it is and what its purpose is. The first-ever fire service rule was added to the code […]
Perception is Reality – Why Elevator Cosmetics Matter
I’m sure we all realize that perception affects how we experience reality. As in so many things, this is quite true when it comes to elevators. In today’s installment, I would like to speak mostly to elevator owners and not necessarily the riding public. First Impressions The first thing the public sees when entering the lobby […]
Elevator Technicians – Who Are They Really?
In the age of paranoia, fear, and mistrust, everyone likes to know the people around us. So if you are in a commercial office building, you see a person standing in the lobby and think to yourself, who are they? What in the world are they doing hanging around the elevators? Well, it’s likely to […]
Elevator Modernization: Why Upgrade?
I don’t know about you, but I love classic cars. The 69 Dodge Daytona Charger stands as my all-time favorite! The 68 Oldsmobile 442 is a close second. But you know what I don’t like? Classic elevators! Not all Classics are Collector’s Items If you Google when elevators were invented, you can see they […]
Elevators “Falling” Upwards? Traction Elevator Safety Operations Explained
We, as humans, have lots of fears. Some are afraid of heights; others are afraid of falling. Then there is claustrophobia. Given this, is it a wonder that lots of people are afraid to ride elevators? If you think about it, riding an elevator combines all three of these basic human fears. Let’s take […]