Why do elevators need to be inspected?

Elevators need an inspection for several reasons.  The primary reason is to ensure their safety for use.  The Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) and Virginia law require elevator testing and inspecting at least once a year.  The integrity of an elevator and the elevator shaft are critical elements in the fire safety of a building and can affect the fire fighting techniques of the Fire Department.

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1. Why do elevators need to be inspected?
2. My elevator is old, am I not grandfathered?
3. Who will be inspecting the elevators?
4. How much is this going to cost?
5. What needs to be inspected?
6. How long are certificates valid?