Is your elevator pit flooding? Are you considering waterproofing your elevator pit? You may be wondering what will occur during the elevator waterproofing process. The following article will hopefully provide you with a better understanding of what occurs during the process.
The actual process of waterproofing an elevator pit varies from one contractor to another. However, the basic steps taken to ensure that the pit is waterproofed are similar. The following are the basic steps taken in elevator waterproofing:
Cleaning and draining the elevator pit
The first step to waterproofing the elevator pit is ensuring that all standing water within it is removed. Contractors may use a pump to remove the water from the pit. The pit is then cleaned. This is vital in preparing the pit for the waterproofing treatment to be applied. Any contaminated water is removed and surfaces are cleaned and dried. Debris that is within the pit is also removed.
The elevator pit is then inspected. This helps the waterproofing contractor determine exactly where the water is coming from. Any points of compromise in the pit’s walls are repaired.
Application of waterproofing system
The next step involves the application of the waterproofing system that the contractor prefers. These systems defer from one contractor to the next. Many of the systems involve drilling holes in the wall and injecting waterproof and epoxy into the space. This prevents the penetration of water into the pit.
Coating the interior
The interior of the elevator pit may also be coated with a waterproof coating. This is applied to the interior walls of the pit. It acts as a sealant. The type of coating used will depend on the preferences of the waterproofing contractor.
Coating fixtures and fittings
The fittings and fixtures in the elevator pit will also be coated to ensure that they are not exposed to moisture in the future. The contractor will remove rust and other contaminants from the surface of the fittings and fixtures. This ensures that the coating adheres to the surface of the fixtures and fittings.
Elevator waterproofing can be involving and expensive. It is therefore important to consider a waterproofing method that will provide you with years of good performance. It is also important to work with a contractor that has experience in waterproofing elevator pits. This ensures great results for the long term. Be sure to invest in regular maintenance services for the elevator pit to improve performance of the waterproofing solution.