Does a Home Elevator Need to be Inspected?

Freedom Green Home ElevatorHome elevator inspection processes vary greatly from state to state and sometimes even from county to county, so you should check your local regulations when you purchase and prepare to install a home elevator.

Many states have strict requirements for commercial elevators and elevators in residential buildings that don't pertain to private homes.

Connecticut law states that elevators shall be inspected at least once every 18 months, "except elevators located in private residences that shall be inspected upon the request of the owner."

In California, inspections are required for elevators in multi-unit residential buildings prior to being placed in service or after alterations prior to being returned to service.

Even if there is no local requirement for an elevator inspection, you should still have your elevator inspected to insure it is safe.

Inspections are at the cornerstone of trouble free operation and keep your elevator in safe, top running condition. It is suggested you have your elevator inspected annually.

In New York, all private residential elevators are required to perform annual inspections. In California, inspections are required.

In Massachusetts, home elevators are required to be inspected every five years.

In Minnesota, installation of elevators is required to be inspected for compliance with all laws and safety codes relating to the safety of the equipment.

In Washington, owners of residential elevators were urged to schedule a state inspection after a woman was seriously injured when a private elevator broke free and slammed into a waterfront home.

Elevators are inspected according to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators that covers the design, construction, operation, inspection, maintenance, and repair of elevators.

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Inspection fees must also be paid for elevator inspections. A $400 fee in Massachusetts is charged for a newly constructed elevator with a $400 annual inspection fee also charged. Check with your local authorities to determine the inspection fee in your area.

Remember that elevator inspections are beneficial for all owners of home elevators. They can ensure that your elevator has been installed correctly, is functioning suitably, is safe for various climactic conditions and undergoes proper maintenance.

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