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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 +
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6 – 19 floors
Most modern mid-rise building managers choose this
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Excerpt From Our In-House Professionals

The Three Steps to a Safe Chute

By Bald Eagle

Various aspects of your chute system are designed to prevent a fire from escaping containment. These simple design choices must be implemented correctly and maintained accordingly.

Your first line of defense is the trash chute discharge door. This door automatically closes when a fire is detected at the bottom of the chute. This prevents the natural upward draft from providing air for any grime on the chute walls to burn as fuel.

Your second line of defense is a clean chute. If your chute isn't lined with trash grime, there is nothing to burn up the column. Schedule a cleaning soon if your building passes the qualifications for the third line of defense.

Your third line of defense is a proper seal on every trash chute intake door. Code-compliant doors are fire-rated and prevent a draft from allowing flames to escape into the trash intake room. If these can't seal, or are not joined properly to the chute, then the system cannot be cleaned by our High Pressure Steam Blast™ process until fixed.

If all three of these links of the chain are in place, your chute then is likely compliant to fire and building code. If you are not sure, or would like more information, please contact us today.

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