4 Maintenance and Repair Tips for Residential Indoor Lifts

Lifts are a necessary component of the amenities in your block property. Also known as elevators, lifts help passengers move from one floor to another, particularly essential for high-rise block apartments. 

As with any mechanical equipment, over time and through regular use, indoor lifts go through unavoidable wear and tear. If a lift breaks down, it can translate into an inconvenient time at best and a harrowing one at worst. Without a lift, residents can face difficulties in moving to their floor and going about daily tasks. It becomes especially difficult for people with disabilities and the elderly.

If you are managing your building, you need to keep a check on the safety of your lifts. This makes periodic maintenance of lifts non-negotiable. Lift maintenance services are vital if you want your lifts to run without any hiccups and avoid the unpleasant situation of sudden breakdowns.

We at Habitare are aware of the importance of regular maintenance and upkeep of a building’s amenities. Throughout this guide, we’ll explore the importance of lift maintenance services, hiring a lift maintenance company and key tips for lift repairs.

Indoor Lift Repairs and Maintenance – Is It Essential?

Yes, it is. Here are the reasons why.

Lifting Equipment Regulations

In the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulates and enforces the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). PUWER enlists multiple essential requirements for the safe provision and use of lifting equipment. The definition of lifting equipment applies to lifts and hoists used to lift people or loads.

LOLER enlists certain general rules and safety regulations for lift owners to comply with concerning lift operation and safety. 

The key points to note are:

  • Lifts need to be examined and serviced regularly to ensure safety
  • Under the law, a qualified engineer needs to service your lift once every 12 months
  • A LOLER statutory inspection needs to be carried out to make sure the lift meets safety standards
  • The statutory inspection looks for safety criteria, namely wear and tear of the lift, current condition of mechanical and technical parts, compliance with safety standards and potential improvement areas.
  • After the inspection, the engineer will enlist the findings in a report. 
  • If problems crop up, you need to take the necessary remedial measures.
  • You can be fined or prosecuted if your lift is left unserviced

Lift maintenance services need to be carried out periodically and in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations. It is convenient to rely on a block management company for regular maintenance of amenities such as your lifts. We employ Property Managers to ensure the proper upkeep of your property. These managers take the stress out of managing your lift maintenance, contacting the lift maintenance company on your behalf and ensuring timely maintenance is undertaken of your indoor lifts.

Preventive Lift Maintenance Services

In addition to meeting the requirements under the law, there are more reasons to choose lift maintenance block management services. Safety is the prime reason.

Instead of waiting for your indoor lift to become faulty or develop problems, have a regular check to prevent issues from cropping up in the first place.

Preventive checks during the maintenance of lifts are vital to a well-maintained and serviced indoor lift. Your lifts require timely visual and functional checks. It is during these checks engineers can pinpoint any potential problems and avoid accidents before they happen. 

It’s far better and more cost-effective to ensure regular preventative lift maintenance, than expensive fixes and inconvenience after a lift breakdown.

Lift Repair and Maintenance – 4 Essential Tips

In addition to scheduling regular inspections and keeping in line with lift regulations, here are 4 more tips for you to ask your lift repair company or lift maintenance company to take into account.

1. Keep Safety Features in Check

Periodically test the emergency stop buttons, door sensors, and overload protection mechanisms.

2. Lubrication of Moving Parts

    Ensure your maintenance company is lubricating lift parts such as gears, pulleys and door mechanisms often to prevent premature wear and tear. 

    3. Testing of Emergency Backup Features

    During a power outage – although not a common occurrence – the lift’s emergency backup feature needs to safely return to the nearest floor. Make sure backup power sources and emergency batteries are in place and maintained.

    4. Maintain Documentation and Records

    Ensure a record book is maintained with details of maintenance services, inspections and lift repair services carried out by the lift repair company. It becomes a valuable resource and reference for troubleshooting whilst complying with the regulations.

    For Effective Indoor Lift Maintenance Services and Repairs, Trust Habitare

    If you are looking for an experienced property management company to look after the maintenance and repair of your lifts, then look no further than Habitare.

    Our exemplary track record in contractor management, management of on-site staff and regular inspections demonstrates our abilities to keep your indoor lifts well-maintained and running smoothly.

    We engage qualified and experienced contractors to ensure you and your block’s residents face no hiccups in lift repairs and servicing.Look into our services here, or call us to find out more!