03 Jun Lift pits are like mini basements and they often leak
Lift pit and lift shaft water leaks remediation
Do you associate water leaks with lift problems?
A big part of building maintenance involves ensuring that certain facilities are kept well maintained in order to keep things safe and periodic inspection is key to keeping a safe building environment for lifts. Lifts are complex machines that require appropriate service maintenance and repairs to ensure that they are safe and in good working order.
Lift pits are like mini basements because they are almost always below ground. They are vulnerable to rising water table level, which usually occurs during the wet season. Interestingly, the water table level can be altered by adjacent construction, so a lift pit that used to be dry can now be at risk of water intruding the structure. Water can enter the lift pit via construction joints, cracks in the walls or floor. Water has a way of finding a way through any weak points following the path of least resistance. Once water has entered the lift pit, it will pool on the floor and keep rising, usually until it has reached the height of the water table.
Could water seeping into the lift pit result in a broken-down lift?
The lift pit and lift shaft hold all the technology and electric mechanisms connected to the lift itself, so if water is leaking into the lift pit or the lift shaft there is a real potential of costly damage to the lift and the situation can become dangerous – In addition to potentially expensive repairs, electrical or mechanical failures can cause abrupt stops where passengers may risk sustaining injuries.
More about how water in the lift pit can lead to Health & Safety issues and costly lift breakdown here
How can Waterstop Solutions help keep your lift pit dry and prevent moisture from making its way in?
We at Waterstop Solutions can remediate your leaking lift pit and lift shaft to a dry and safe condition and help protect your asset from breakdown caused by water ingress.
We leak seal and install waterproofing system lift pits that are of any age in hotels, commercial buildings, factories, multilevel apartment buildings, schools aged care facilities and hospitals.
Water that enters through access points can be tricky to successfully seal and patching things up rarely works. A leaking lift pit and lift shaft can cost-effectively be remediated by targeted high-pressure injection of hydrophilic polyurethane into the leaking wall-floor joint and/or vertical joints.
We do this by intersecting the leaking floor/wall joint or vertical joints at intervals of approximately 200mm and inject the polyurethane resin at high pressure into the targeted areas. The injected hydrophilic polyurethane resin chases the water deep into cracks to form a durable, flexible and watertight seal that bonds strongly within the concrete.
Our technicians manage the injection process to create a continuous three-dimensional seal buried in the concrete using a combination of proprietary methods, developed and honed over thousands of projects.
After allowing the polyurethane to react and bind with any water present in the crack and surrounding concrete to form a flexible seal, the injection ports are removed and holes filled with a suitable rapid set concrete repair material.
This remedial waterproofing treatment was (in this lift pit) followed by installing a polymer modified cementitious waterproofing membrane in multiple layers over a water-borne epoxy primer.
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Give us a call to discuss the best protective treatment application for your vertical and horizontal surfaces to help you choose the appropriate product and methods to protect them and how to best prepare the surface before installation for best performance.
If you have any issues with water ingress, rooftop leaks, leaking balcony, leaking basement, wet lift pit, cracking concrete slabs, structural cracks, concrete deterioration, spalling concrete, concrete cancer, deteriorated joints, moisture, seepage, efflorescence, rising damp and/or high-flow active leaks in concrete structures, we would be happy to assist you. You are welcome to contact us with any questions that you may have.
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Good maintenance begins with a proactive approach to maintain, keep, preserve and protect a building.
Remember that seepage/water ingress into areas such as balconies, basements, concrete roofs, car parks and retaining walls, should not be ignored – call a remedial waterproofing professional today for an assessment to provide you with the best solution for your situation.
At Waterstop Solutions, we carry out a wide range of remedial works to concrete structures post-construction stage in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Sydney and outlying areas in Queensland and New South Wales.
Equipped with major civil works experience, we can quickly determine the best approach to rectify all seepage and concrete deterioration issues.
It takes licenced remedial waterproofer and leak sealing experts like us at Waterstop Solutions to ensure that the pathways for water to ingress are properly sealed off. A depth of technical knowledge and experience, along with a proud reputation for integrity and reliability, has made Waterstop Solutions the go-to company for many Defect Managers working for major construction companies across Queensland and New South Wales.
We at Waterstop Solutions have the technical and practical expertise to diagnose the source of the leak and will provide you with our recommended solution to achieving an effective, high-quality, long-lasting repair to stop the water ingress with minimal disruption
We believe in and are committed to always delivering high-quality solutions by utilising the right products and techniques for each specific project combined with our industry-leading know-how on tap. We have a large talent pool of specialist leak sealing and concrete repair technicians with Certificate III in construction waterproofing in Queensland and New South Wales that are extensively trained in our systems and project execution methods.
The leadership positions on every Waterstop Solutions project are operated by highly qualified, certified and experienced industry professionals. Our in-house skills and expertise gained from more than 60 years of industry experience provide a full range of high-quality remedial waterproofing and concrete repair works to commercial buildings, civil infrastructures, industrial sites and residential properties. From waterproofing diagnostics, preventative and remediation solutions – All of our waterproofing solutions are quality guaranteed.