Building Management Hawaii April/May - (Page 16)
Eko Painting Inc.
Serving Hawaii Since 1993
SBA 8(a) & DOT DBE Certified
Do you know the condition of your elevator pits?
License No. 25219
By Val Williams
Our well-trained and
provides excellent workmanship
particular focus on safety
and customer satisfaction
We specialize in
Concrete Spall Repair
April - May 2013
icture this: The elevator technician
sends the cab to the first floor and
locks it. He takes out a special key and
opens the door to the elevator pit. He
turns to the nervous resident manager
“You’ve got to see this,” he says.
The manager gulps. After all, how
often does the elevator technician
invite him to the pit? Something has
got to be wrong.
When the light turns on, a stench
and goo greet the manager.
“Holy $@#%. How long has that
been there?,” the manager asks.
“Well, it’s been wet for a long
time, but not like this,” the elevator
Now, the goo is four inches deep
and contains things even too scary for
a horror movie.
Not all concrete restoration
companies are willing to take on
grungy/leaking elevator pits such as
this example. It’s not a simple project.
First, all of the water needs to be
pumped out and put into 55-gallon
drums. The contaminated water has
to be disposed of according to law.
Once the pit is cleaned, the pit’s walls
can be inspected for spalling concrete
and the entry point of water can be
located. After cleaning with special
biodegradable soaps, the pit is rinsed,
and again the water is collected into
Williams Hawaii, Inc. repairs
the spalls and water leaks with
“NATCEM,” a product imported from
Europe. This quick-set cement product
provides for a minimum downtime,
adheres to wet concrete surfaces and
resists pressure of water intrusion
from the outside of the elevator pits.
How do you know the
condition of your elevator pits?
On your next inspection, ask
your elevator maintenance service
technician if you may take a look into
your elevator pit. It is the elevator
maintenance technician that is
responsible for keeping the pit clean.
Problems often start at a joint
where the floor meets the wall, or
where there’s a crack in the concrete
or from an area that has spalled
concrete. Once water penetration
begins, the water continues to
flow until there is head pressure
equalization outside and inside. The
pressure equalization will vary from
time of day, time of month, high tide,
heavy rains, but like the little hole in
the dike, one day it could just burst
through the concrete.
Val Williams it the
president of Williams
Hawaii, Inc. and has
31 years experience with
services. The firm
provides a wide range
of services such as
coatings, concrete spall repairs, painting, water
intrusion repairs, elevator pit repairs, railing
installations and retrofits. Williams Hawaii is a
certified DBE woman-owned business.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Management Hawaii April/May
Lifts: Elevators & Escalators
Service Providers Leverage Cutting-Edge Technology
Time To Modernize?
Ready To Switch Gears?
Concrete: Restoration & Repairs
When To Test For Lead
3 Steps For A Solid Spalling Job
Phase The Work
Tips On How To Reduce Spalling On Newer Buildings
The Difference Between Repair & Restoration
Equipment Breakdown Insurance
Toolbox Talk: How to choose the correct ladder for the job.
Industry News and Movers & Shakers
On Site: Saving Staff
Building Management Hawaii April/May