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‘Tis the Season to… Prepare your Elevators for Winter!

D&D Elevator on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 12:00:00 am 

Clean Elevator Door Tracks

Keeping your elevator door sill tracks clean year-round – both on the car and hall sides – is always best practice to help prevent problems and unnecessary calls for service. But it is particularly important at this time of year, when clogging by packed snow, ice, salt, pine needles from holiday trees and all manner of dirt can severely aggravate the situation and create door-opening and closing issues.

Elevators are typically subject to heavy traffic and accumulation of debris in their door sill tracks. While service contracts typically specify regular cleaning by building management of these tracks, this task is often overlooked. Many commercial cleaning personnel are either unaware or unwilling to clean this area. Although tracks are actually quite simple to clean, many cleaners skip doing so out of failure to notice the amount of debris in the tracks and or avoiding the buzzing noise made by the elevator when the doors are held open.

Cleaning elevator tracks typically involves spraying a suitable metal cleansing compound directly onto the track, then wiping side to side until the dirt and debris are cleared. Stiff paint brushes and high pressure computer compressed-air cans may be useful for removing track obstructions. Also available to facilitate this process are specialty brushes filled with “tiger claw” steel wire, crimped and oil- tempered especially for cleaning and scraping metal parts.

Whatever methods you may choose, be sure to heighten your attention to these vital parts of your elevators as winter brings with it the increased necessity to properly maintain your door sill tracks.

Car Side Track, Hall Side Track

Prepare for Harsh Weather & Major Storms

During winter, check to ensure that the motor room is properly heated – ideally to at least 70 degrees – to avoid the congealing of fluids. If your location is prone to flooding, and a severe storm is on the way, several proactive steps – taken before the storm – can avoid serious problems and downtime resulting from weather damage:

  • Check the condition of the pits and make sure that sump pumps are functional and not clogged.
  • 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.
  • In severe flooding areas, barricade the motor room to prevent, best as possible, entry by major amounts of water.

As always, D&D stands ready to assist with any seasonal difficulties you may encounter, but some common-sense preventative maintenance can go a long way toward avoiding trouble!

Be prepared for flooding