Elevator Pit Leak Repair

Elevator Pit Leak Repair

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

Why is a elevator pit leak so hard 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 groundwater pressure to be higher than anywhere else.
• Active (gushing) water inhibits the placement of most repair materials.
• Leaks from cracks and construction joints are common. Less common leaks around anchor bolts or hydraulic components may require specialty materials and a well trained repair person to identify the problem.
• Pit floors are prone to contamination from site debris, as prep work may be done months before placing the floor 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.
• Deep sitting water makes finding the source of the leak more difficult.
• Estimating the cost to repair an elevator is difficult without direct experience in other buildings elevator pits. 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.
         

Why is it important to fix a leaking elevator pit?

 
• Leaks will 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 component leak.
• Water can reach light fixtures and cause electrical shorts
• Smoke detectors affected by leaks can cause the fire alarms to go off requiring building evacuation.
• Not to mention your building inspector or elevator contractor would not be impressed!
 

Technicians at Miller & Co have solved many elevator pit leaks. Count on us to be your dependable source of leak repair. We work with a wide range of builders, general contractors, strata councils, and other building owners. info@millerco.ca

         

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 for your structure.