If you are dealing with water in your commercial elevator shaft or industrial elevator shaft, Edens Structural Solutions can take care of it! Our elevator shaft waterproofing team is experienced and uses proven techniques to dry out your pit and prevent the water from ever coming back in!
The Edens Structural crew is experienced in handling all types of elevator pits and shafts, whether they are brick, concrete blocks, or poured concrete. Each type of elevator shaft requires different techniques in water removal and waterproofing, and Edens has all the specialized know-how and equipment necessary to get rid of the water in your elevator.
Why is my elevator shaft leaking?
There are many reasons why water might start to enter an elevator pit. Here are some common issues we encounter:
- Nearby construction has changed or redirected the local water level.
- The current waterproofing system was incorrectly installed, or it was damaged during the building’s construction.
- When the building was built, the building code did not require a waterproofing system.
- A nearby water main has burst, been damaged, or become blocked.
- There has been a higher amount of rain recently.
Where is this leak coming from?
The short answer is, probably from a joint or crack in the wall, but not necessarily.
If the elevator pit is made from poured concrete walls, there will be a construction joint, or kicker joint. This joint is weaker than the rest of the wall, and over time groundwater might seep in through that joint. Sometimes there might be other imperfections or cracks in the concrete walls or base, and it’s possible for water to enter these areas also.
Some elevator shafts are constructed with traditional bricks or concrete blocks. Once again, water could enter through any weak points in the brick or block joints. The joints between the floor and the wall can be a common place for water to come in.
On newer buildings, it’s common for an elevator shaft to be formed from mass poured concrete (often as part of the foundation) and then a concrete block or brick layer built inside it. If water makes its way through both of those layers, the leak point can be more difficult to find and also to seal. However, Edens is experienced at even these types of repairs, and we simply use different methods to accomplish the same goal. In the end, you will still be pleased to see your elevator pit completely dry!
What do I do about this leak?
We’re glad you asked. The answer is simple — Call Edens Structural Solutions. We have the experience and equipment to stop your elevator shaft from leaking and ensure it’s waterproof.
Depending on the cause of the issue, we have two different methods of waterproofing elevator shafts:
- Excavate, Waterproof & Add Drainage. We excavate the soil away from the elevator pit, clean the wall and apply a heavy waterproofing membrane. A French drain will then be installed around the wall to remove any future water.
- Hydrophobic Grout Injection. This is the preferred option if the elevator wall is not accessible from the exterior. We pinpoint the the source of the water from the inside wall, then inject a mixture of water and chemical grout into the leak. The grout expands, filling all voids and creating a durable, watertight seal.
We’d be happy to come out and give you a free, no-obligation assessment! Our phone number is 918-366-3001 or click click on the link below to fill out our consultation request form.