Lifts are becoming more and more crucial, ensuring that those with mobility issues and young children can easily move around a building without being impeded by the building infrastructure. It also ensures that high rise buildings and apartments can be readily used and fully functional. In shops, they are often necessary for moving products around.
These practicalities and, in some case legal requirements, mean that it is vital that lifts are properly serviced and maintained to ensure a smooth experience and to rectify any potential issues before a failure occurs.
Lifts are complex systems with thousands of moving parts, which requires specialist knowledge and certified lift engineers. Here are some typical examples of maintenance visits.
Often building owners will not employ dedicated lift engineers as the cost of employment outweighs the cost of a managed maintenance contract, so it is commonplace for a lift maintenance company to step in and take on the monthly maintenance visits and upkeep of the lift.
There are some real tangible benefits here for the building owner, however, it is worth noting that this will be dependent on the type of contract that is signed up to:
This occurs when the building owner delays or places a low priority on lift maintenance, this can cause problems to build up and become more costly and is not what we would recommend as passenger safety could be impacted.
The following should always be considered prior to any decisions being made:
Setting budgets is a tough business but having unexpected costs can become a real complication for many, particularly if the money cannot be found. As with many things, putting something off can actually make it a much bigger and more serious problem; it is not uncommon for what could have been a repair to turn into a full replacement with additional labour required, and these costs are likely to fall directly to the building owner.
It is also worth acknowledging the very real impact on those who need the lift for mobility reasons as well as potential trap-ins and the legal costs associated if the building owner is successfully sued.
Overall, it is far more cost effective to pay for the maintenance and repairs up front.
Preventative lift maintenance is the best way to ensure longevity, safety and performance of the lift. Regular and recorded maintenance visits often cover:
The importance of preventive maintenance cannot be overstated. Preventive maintenance not only saves money, but also helps facilities avoid replacements and down time. Preventive maintenance is inherently less disruptive, and it helps prevent lift failures and poor conditions that can negatively impact critical building operations, the building’s image, tenant retention, energy efficiency and insurance claims.
Facilities that have implemented comprehensive preventive lift maintenance programs have found that the operation of their lifts is more reliable.
Author: Anca Podina, EU Digital Marketing and DACH Lead