Elevator Pit

Elevator Pits are one of the most challenging locations for leak repairs in a residential or commercial building. These repairs separate the experienced contractors from the ones looking to make a quick buck.

 

What makes an elevator pit leak so difficult to repair? Below are a few reasons a skilled contractor is required;

  • The elevator pit is the lowest (deepest underground) area of the building. This causes the water pressure from groundwater to be higher than anywhere else.

  • Active (gushing) water inhibits the placement of most repair materials.

  • Leaks from cracks and construction joints are common repair areas. Anchor bolts or hydraulic components may also leak and require a keen eye to diagnose.

  • Pit floors are prone to contamination from site debris, as prep work may be done months before placing the floor slab, leaving garbage concrete or actual trash within the slab.

  • Repair materials previously used by others may be covering the root of the problem.

  • A solution that stops gushing water at construction, may not be stopping the water many years into the life of a building.

  • Pits that have deep sitting water make finding the source of the leak more difficult.

  • Estimating the cost to repair an elevator is difficult for an inexperienced contractor. Contractors with a single specialization may decide after the pit is drained, that they aren’t able to solve the problem!

  • On top of the repair cost, an elevator technician is required for access and elevator shut off. This added cost means the contractor must be confident they can provide a repair in a efficient manner.

 

So, there are the reasons an elevator pit is hard to fix; yet, you may ask yourself; why is it important to fix a leak in my elevator pit? Below are a few of the reasons;

  • Water will start to corrode anchor points and critical elevator components.

  • Stagnant water will increase moisture levels and increase the likelihood of mold

  • A pit full of water can hide a hydraulic leak and cause major elevator maintenance costs.

  • Not to mention your building inspector or elevator contractor would not be impressed!

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Technicians at Miller & Co have solved many, many elevator pit leaks. Anywhere from new construction to 50+ year old buildings. Amidst the flowing puddles of water and carnage of repair attempts past, is where our love of epoxy injection was born! What may work to temporarily stop the water long enough to make a quick buck doesn’t work for us. Our motivation is permanent solutions, not passing problems from strata council to strata council or building owner to building owner. 

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