Posted June 9th, 2014 by Christy Serafini
An industrial garbage chute is a long chute in a hi-rise apartment or office building where trash is disposed of. Trash thrown down the chute typically goes down to a large dumpster where it can be collected and taken away. Every hi-rise has at least one industrial trash chute, and most of the time these chutes serve their purpose. They’re simple, convenient and they keep trash out of sight and out of mind for office employees and apartment building residents.
Industrial trash chutes make it easy to dispose of your garbage simply by taking it to the chute. These architectural necessities, core to a building, are designed by companies such as Wilkinson Hi-Rise to include features such as sound insulation and cylinder locks to prevent unauthorized access to the chute. However, they still require regular cleaning and maintenance.
What Happens When an Industrial Garbage Chute is Poorly Maintained?
As useful as an industrial garbage chute can be, it can also cause a lot of problems if it doesn’t undergo regular cleaning and maintenance. Garbage chutes are often installed in buildings that are airtight, and air quality is obviously very important for such places. While industrial garbage chutes are meant to lead to dumpsters, they still accumulate a large amount of mold, bacteria and other materials that can affect the air quality of a building. If these chutes aren’t cleaned regularly, those who live and work in the building may experience allergic reactions and other serious respiratory issues. Of course, regular cleaning will also cut down on bad smells within a building.
A garbage chute that hasn’t been cleaned recently can also lead to other problems for the building itself. Grease fires are common, as are pest control problems if garbage attracts rats and cockroaches. Industrial garbage chutes usually need to be of insect and rodent-proof construction, but organic trash can still attract pests. It’s very difficult to solve a pest problem once it’s taken root, so the best thing to do is to prevent it from even happening.
Create a Cleaning and Maintenance Schedule
Ideally, an industrial garbage chute should be cleaned once or twice a year, but additional cleaning may be required if the garbage chute sees a lot of use. Cleaning an industrial garbage chute can be difficult, especially if it is particularly filthy. The inside of the chute usually needs to be scrubbed starting from the top floor to the bottom, and a degreasing solution is usually sprayed once the job is done. The amount of time it takes to clean a garbage chute depends on how long the chute is and how dirty it has gotten. For example, a garbage chute for a 30-story building can take up to three days to clean out completely.
As difficult as it is to have a garbage chute cleaned out, it must be done on a regular basis. Contact a professional maintenance company today to schedule maintenance for your building’s industrial garbage chute. You will hopefully only need one cleaning a year, but more maintenance may be required depending on your situation.