Elevator Pits (Prevent Your Elevator Pits from Affecting You & Your Buildings from Growing Bacteria, Molds & Viruses)

•Complete Pump Outs                                •Painting and Coating

•Cleaning and Wash Down                          •Mold Removal

•Mold Removal                                              •Hydro Oil Safe Removal

•Disinfecting and Deodorizing                    •Concrete Sealing

Making Elevator Pits Sanitary and Code-Compliant.

Elevator Waterproofing ™ is your solution for flooding and water problems in your wet elevator pit. With over 20 years’ experience in the elevator industry, our highly trained professional team will use their expertise and knowledge to keep your elevator pits dry once and for all. Elevator pits are constantly flooding as they are subgrade and the lowest-lying area in a building. Standing water can cause health-related issues every time the elevator door opens and the compressed air flows out. This water might be combined with oils, urine, or trash, which could cause airborne related illnesses and mold issues, possibly creating Sick Building Syndrome. Water damage also causes costly elevator part repairs and constant headaches for building owners. Here at Star Lift LLC, we are revolutionizing the pit industry with our waterproofing solutions to keep a dry, healthy, and safe pit!

XYPEX Products

Star Lift uses XYPEX Concentrate and Patch’n Plug – both elite commercial grade products – and other waterproofing tools in our fight against intruding water. XYPEX Concentrate and Patch’n Plug cause a catalytic reaction that produces a non-soluble crystalline formation within the pores and capillary tracts of concrete and cement-based materials. These products are used to seal strips at joints and repair cracks preventing the penetration of water.

Escalators get flooded, too. Because escalator pits are easily overlooked, Star Lift brings their expertise to them as well. Providing water and oil removal, waterproofing, and overall cleaning, we will make it a Safe Pit.


  • Eliminates water intrusion
  • Improves Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) by inhibiting mold and volatile toxins (Link to 60 Minutes “Indoor Air Quality” video)
  • Reduces risk of Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) (Link to 60 Minutes “Indoor Air Quality” video)
  • Ideal for water protection of Fire Safety Access Elevator (FSAE)
  • Improves safety by minimizing the need to enter the pit
  • Complies with state codes by locating system outside of the pit
  • Lowers operating costs
  • Reduces water-related damage and wear of elevator components
  • Lowers elevator down time-related to pit cleaning
  • Monitors the presence of oil in the pit for use in predicting the need for preventative maintenance

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.
  • 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 cracks 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, making it 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 commonplace 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 bricklayer built inside it. If water makes its way through both of those layers, the leak point can be more difficult to find and to seal. However, Star Lift is experienced at even these types of repairs, and we simply use different methods to accomplish the same goal. In the end, you will regain that lost confident feeling you once had and stand pleased to see your elevator pit completely dry!

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