Let’s face it, elevators are much like oil. They simply don’t mix well will water. In every situation when the two are put together, things go wrong. Often the long-term damage is not fully appreciated right away. Sometimes much of the evidence of the water intrusion is long gone by the time an inspection occurs and the full extent of the damage is not realized.
The water can cause an immediate failure and even a serious malfunction, but not always. Sometimes it just starts a small ever growing problem that can take weeks, months or years to be fully evident. In many of these cases, the amount of damage and repair time needed become huge by the time they are found.
There are simple ways to avoid all of these problems. Obviously the best solution would be to keep the water out from contact with any part of the elevator system, but in the real world this doesn’t always happen. The next step is to certain any water intrusions are stopped immediately once they have been observed. Afterwards we must be very diligent with our investigations and repairs whenever even the smallest amount of water is found in contact with any elevator component.
The last item I suggest is not common place today, but hopefully will become so. I suggest that water sensors be installed in multiple locations where any elevator equipment is located. Alarms or even shutdown circuits could be added to safely remove the elevator from service in the event of water intrusion. An operation similar to fire recall when a smoke detector has gone into alarm could prevent malfunctions and long term damage.
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