Once a common feature in many large English households, the dumbwaiter has become an integral installation found within the service industry. After all, they offer busy workers a safe, convenient and beneficial method of transporting food and other products between the different floors of a building. With this said, many people tend to use them incorrectly. Read on as the team here at Elevators Ltd go over a few important things to remember when it comes to safe dumbwaiter usage…

What is the weight capacity of a dumbwaiter?

Compared to a traditional passenger lift which can withstand a maximum weight of 2,500 pounds, a dumbwaiter can only safety hold up to 250 pounds. As a result, overloading a dumbwaiter with too many heavy items can cause the system to run at a much slower speed and may even damage the components inside, making it unsafe for use.

How big is a dumbwaiter?

Since a dumbwaiter is not designed to be used by people, they are much smaller than property owners realise. In fact, the dimensions of the average dumbwaiter state that they are typically 30 inches high with a height and depth of 20-24 inches. As a result, items that can comfortably fit inside a dumbwaiter should be transported by one and children should never climb inside a service lift, even if they can manage to fit.

Does a dumbwaiter need to be serviced?

Although dumbwaiters are incredibly different from a passenger elevator, they still need to be inspected by a licenced engineer on a regular basis. After all, the components are made using man-made materials and general wear and tear can cause a system to become unsuitable for safe usage unless the dumbwaiter is signed off during routine maintenance and servicing.

It is vital that people recognise the danger that a dumbwaiter can present, especially when it comes to children. After all, they are small service elevators that are not designed for use by people and have a very small weight capacity. To find out more information about using a dumbwaiter correctly and safely, get in contact with the best lift company on the market and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!