Elevator Installation Westchester County New York


Avoid Winter Problems Care & Prepare!

D&D Elevator on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 12:00:00 am 

Thermometer showing coldWith late Fall and Winter very soon upon us – bringing frigid temperatures and possible major storms – your elevators now require some focused extra attention. First and foremost, make sure that your motor room is properly heated, ideally to at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit, and any broken windows and other outside air leaks are repaired. While preventing the motor room from becoming unduly cold helps prevent solidifying of the system’s vital fluids and potential system failure, there are other possibly disruptive and costly problems that the coming season can create for your elevator systems, which proper maintenance can help to avoid.

The Importance of Clean Door Tracks

Elevator Door Tracks - Care Side Track - Hall Side Track Best practice is to keep your elevator door tracks clean and functional year-round – on both the car and hall sides – by establishing a regular maintenance program to help prevent costly downtime, needless emergency service and providing you peace of mind. But it is particularly important at this time of year, when clogging by pine needles from holiday trees, packed snow, ice, salt and all manner of dirt can severely aggravate the problem and create door-opening and closing issues.

Here’s what this type of maintenance typically entails:

  • Thoroughly vacuuming out the door tracks
  • Using stiff paint brushes to loosen and remove common track obstructions
  • For more stubborn obstructions, using a stiff nylon parts-cleaning brush

Prepare for Harsh Weather & Major Storms

FloodUnder more temperate weather conditions, winter storms can bring severe flooding with its own special, potentially dangerous problems. To best protect your elevators and passengers when such conditions are expected to or do occur:

Before the storm arrives

  • Check the condition of the pits and make sure that sump pumps are functional and not clogged
  • In severe flooding areas, barricade the motor room to prevent, best as possible, entry by major amounts of water
  • Close any vents and openings atop the hoistway to keep water out of the shaft

During potential flood conditions

  • Position the cars at the top floors and shut down the system and power, making sure there are no remaining building occupants dependent on the elevators to vacate

D&D Can Help!

Regular preventative maintenance can go a long way toward avoiding trouble while saving unnecessary expense and inconvenience. As always, D&D stands ready to assist with a maintenance program custom-designed for your building, and any seasonal difficulties you may encounter!

Call (914) 347-4344 to make arrangements or with any emergency service you require.