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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 an inspection if you have concerns about code compliance in regards to chutes that you own or manage.

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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
1 to 5 floors
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Choosing the Right Compactor

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Believe it or not, there are building management teams out there paying for extra dumpster capacity due to the lack of a compactor. These units are a great alternative to crushing trash with a forklift on a busy holiday, but you want to make an informed decision on which to purchase.

  • Capacity – The compactor unit should be sized to where the duty cycle versus cost makes sense. An oversized unit may not be the most appropriate option, but an undersized unit will wear faster and be more problematic.
  • Automation – Is your building trash throughput as such to where you need an automatic unit? This is a consideration when labor cannot be provided to clear the trash discharge area before the chute gets clogged.
  • Design – Don't know what design is best fit for your building, or are you looking for the quietest? There is a checklist of considerations that should be referenced prior to purchasing any compactor.

If your chute is constantly clogging, or you are in need of a new compactor unit – give us a call. Our professionals can help meet the trash throughput requirements needed by your tenants.

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