Everyone appreciates elevators for providing accessible transportation. But do you ever think about how your elevator works, or what kind of care it needs? Elevators are complex pieces of machinery, and understanding their components and maintenance requirements is essential for optimal operation. In this blog, we’ll go over the parts of elevators, the signs that something might be amiss, and the services that can help keep them in top-notch condition.
Understanding Each Part
The true beauty of an elevator is not only in its utility but also in the perfect coordination of its components. Understanding these components is essential to knowing how your elevator works. Let’s break it down:
- Elevator Pit: The pit, located beneath the elevator, is designed to catch water, buildup, and debris.
- Sump Pump: Found in the pit, this device ensures the area remains free from water accumulation.
- Hoistway: The hoistway houses the car, counterweight, and machinery needed for elevator movement.
- Machine Room: This area hosts the controls, motor, and controller – the brain of the elevator operation.
- Car: Familiar to all, the car is the part that transports passengers.
Understanding the Warning Signs
Even with regular maintenance, your elevator might give you some signs that it’s time for a check-up, such as:
- Unusual Sounds
- Jolty Rides
- Delayed Response
- Pooling Water or Oil
- Malfunctioning Doors
- Unusual Odors
- Visible Rust, Mold, or Corrosion
Being able to identify these signs can help you address potential issues promptly.
Understanding the Services for Your Elevator
Understanding the key components of an elevator is just the beginning. Proper maintenance and restoration are crucial to keep your elevator running smoothly. Some of those services (and what they may entail) are:
- Elevator Pit Services: Removal of water, waterproofing, cleaning, sealing, slip-free floor application, and restoration.
- Cleaning Services: Sanitizing, mold mediation, and rust removal.
- Sump Pump Services: Removal of water and replacement of sump pump.
- Machine Room Services: Cleaning, water removal, and waterproofing.
- Oily Water Removal: Removal (and with us at TG Oil, EPA-Compliant transportation and disposal).
- Hoistway Services: Cleaning, wiping down, restoring, and painting.
Elevators play an integral part in our buildings, and the best thing you can do for your elevator is to ensure you keep up with regular maintenance and inspections. You may think that forgoing a certain service can save you some money, but it can cost you thousands in the long run.
When you want the highest quality care and service, look no further than us at TG Oil Services. We have proudly served the South Florida area for years with our transformative elevator pit solutions. To inquire about our services, or to get started on your free elevator pit inspection, visit our contact page or call us at 954-874-0930.