Florida’s rain season is arriving– Elevator pit at risk

Florida, known for its tropical climate, gets heavy rains beginning May through October– with the consideration of hurricane season that barrels in June 1 through Nov. 30.

The coastal state’s vulnerability to heavy rains and severe storms is nothing new given the low-lying areas and rising sea levels leading to dangerous floods– especially cities in South Florida like Miami that has an average elevation of 6 and 1/2 feet above sea level.

For 2018’s hurricane season, slightly-above average Atlantic hurricane activity is expected, according to research scientists.

There is a 63 percent probability for the entire U.S. coastline that major hurricanes will make landfall this year. The average for the last century has been 53 percent.

This is why it is important to protect the integrity of your facility’s elevator– primarily the elevator pit, which is susceptible to damage from water entering through the walls and floors.

If water comes into contact with wiring or creates a pool of water in the pit, short circuits can happen– potentially causing the elevator system to fail altogether. Avoiding moisture is also important. It can corrode parts necessary to keep the system running. And just because your elevator doesn’t stink… it can. Water contact with trash will generate a foul smell, the elevator pit could become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, or mold will start to grow.

There are solutions. Replacing or repairing damaged equipment can cost you thousands of dollars. This is why preventative measures are key to alleviating the consequences of Florida’s rainy season that has the ability to submerge your elevator pit due to flooding.

One of the first steps you can take is elevator pit waterproofing.

Elevator pit waterproofing serves as an armor against Florida rains. TG Oil Services specializes in pit waterproofing, and we’re here to help avoid future financial and legal burdens.

 

 

 

 

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