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Trash & Linen Chute Fire & Hazard Information

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Every building built with a chute system must be constructed and operated within International Building Code standards (§713.11 – 713.13) to comply with basic fire safety rules. Not only will compliance avoid the potential for fines or threats from the local fire marshal, it's a wise idea due to these serious safety considerations:

  • A fire inside a dirty chute is far worse than a chimney fire. Flames inside the chute column can burn trash grime and quickly spread upward to higher floors in the building.
  • Chute intake doors must seal to control the naturally occuring upward draft of air inside the chute, and to provide a minimum fire resistance.
  • The automatic fire safety door (discharge door) at the bottom of the chute must be operable – this function is your #1 line of defense in choking the upward draft and preventing a chute fire. There must also be an automatic sprinkler close to the bottom of the chute.
  • Having the correct intake doors properly fitted on each floor also helps to prevent children from entering the chute or chute cavity.

Contact us today for trash chute system code compliance and safe operations inspection.

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The Chute Company recommends frequent cleaning appointments to maintain a hygenic and odor-free system.

How frequent should your chute, trash room, and compactor be cleaned?
Hundreds of garbage bags go down most mid-rise residential chutes every week!
Stinky, garbage-grime lined trash systems attract flies and rodents!
Not only are they gross – a dirty chute presents a fire hazard.
20 floors +
High rises, dormatories, senior homes, hospitals
6 – 19 floors
Most modern mid-rise building managers choose this
1 to 5 floors
Low density / use residential & commercial
We recommend monthly  Space Foamtreatment for Quarterly and Semi-Annual customers!
Quarterly service or more frequent is recommended to maintain a safe and hygenic chute system.
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Holidays Will Clog Your Chute

By The Chute Monster

Holiday activity and maintenance staff unavailability can lead to a clogged chute system quickly. Clogged chutes collect trash grime, attract flies and rodents, and present unnecessary structural loads on the chute column. Always remember to prepare accordingly for any anticipated increased trash volume.

In the event of the worst case scenario, our Clogged Chute Clearing Service can help – we have seen clogs up to eleven stories.

Get in touch with us to schedule a High Pressure Steam Blast™ chute and compactor system cleaning and sanitizing to follow up your next busy holiday. For the best trash smell reduction, we recommend Space Foam Antimicrobial Odor Control applications between cleanings.

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