How To Ensure Proper Installation Of A Hydraulic Elevator

Installation of the elevator is, in itself, a rather big decision. There are a number of changes that might be required if an elevator is being installed within a residence which has already been built. It is rather easy to incorporate these changes when the decision to install a built-in elevator is taken when the residence is being built. But for a presently standing residence, even before the installation of the elevator starts off, the following things have to be kept in mind: * Pick an elevator to match the home décor: Since the interiors of a standing residence are already done, it is very important to ensure that the elevator installed matches perfectly with the same. Hence the selection of the style of the elevator should be done very carefully and after a lot of deliberation. * Choosing the correct installation space: This depends on two very important factors: 1. The type of lift or elevator that is being installed and 2. The dimensions of the elevator being installed. The importance in knowing these two things lies in the fact that different elevators have different requirements. For example a hydraulic elevator requires space for the installation of the hydraulic pump whereas a cable elevator requires space for the installation of the cable and the gear box at the top. It has been generally seen that installing an elevator on the outer wall of the house and making it accessible from the inside makes for a nice way to install an elevator without undergoing additional hassles of remodelling the house. Choosing a hydraulic elevator for a residence ensures comfortable transportation of passengers, freight as well as wheelchairs as and when required. But there are some things which need to be done to ensure that the same is installed properly like: * Pits: The hydraulic elevator requires a pit to be dug well some feet below the foundation. In fact after the pit has been dug, a hole has to be additionally made to fit in the piston cylinder. The depth of the pit depends on the height the hydraulic elevator is supposed to negotiate. * Landings: On the other hand landings have to be created by digging holes in the walls corresponding to the place where the lift has to stop. Care has to be taken to ensure that the landings are kept barricaded during installation for safety purposes. * Hoistways: There are two ways of building hoistways. They are: 1. Modularly wherein it is constructed offsite and then the same is installed in the residence and 2. Stick building wherein the hoistway is built onsite and its construction is generally much stouter. The pump, cylinder and piston are installed after the hoistway has been constructed. * Power: This process involves the installation of electrical disconnects and hooking the elevator onto the hydraulic power. * Safety: Safety of the hydraulic elevator is facilitated by checking the overall system after it has been installed a number of times to ensure its smooth and safe functioning. Additionally, self-closing and self-locking doors, emergency lights and communications etc., also need to be installed for enhanced safety. But the proper installation of the hydraulic elevator does not guarantee its smooth functioning. In fact in order to ensure this, the elevator has to be periodically maintained. It is thus always better to discuss the terms and conditions of an annual maintenance contract with the manufacturer at the time of purchasing the lift.