Noticing any issues with your bleachers after beginning of the year assemblies? Wondering if you should get your bleachers checked? We sat down to chat with Scott Bombard, a preventative maintenance and service expert at Haldeman Homme, to find out the signs of too much wear and tear on your bleachers.
Q: How do you know if your bleachers are in need of maintenance?
Scott: Some of the biggest issues to look for:
- bleachers not moving under their own power
- not traveling straight
- scraping, squealing or banging noises
- leaving marks on the floor
If they haven’t been looked at for more than 2 years, your best bet is to have them inspected.
Q: What should you look for in seats?
Scott: Cracked, broken, loose, or missing seats.
All of these are safety hazards and should warrant a service call to make sure that nobody is injured in your stands. We have options for replacing seats, and we can usually either get the exact seats, or find something similar if those are no longer in distribution.
Q: What should you look for in tires? (AKA drive rollers, drive wheels, friction drives)
Scott: If your floors are:
- hard and dry
- full of floor finish
- leaving marks on floor
- losing traction.
If your wheels are worn away and crumbling like a pencil eraser, give us a call.
Q: How often should you have them checked as a precaution?
Scott: For operation, we suggest a yearly preventative maintenance. For safety, give us a call with specifics. There are different sources, so not only do you need to meet your state bleacher standards, you also need to meet the national fire code. Your insurance provider may require them to meet International building code (ICC 300), or maybe even the consumer safety commission standards. Each one of these has a little different spin on inspection timelines.
HHI provides maintenance and service on all makes and models of bleachers, whether they were purchased through HHI or another provider. Contact a member of our team to find out how our preventative inspections can work for your facility.