05/16/2013 | Why is Chute Cleaning Important?
Chute cleaning is a dirty job, but one that must be done, focusing on a number of specific concerns and hazards. Neglected chutes can be hazardous. If you think your facility is so well-kept that it won’t be affected, think again.
Even the most stringently cleaned facilities can quickly become a breeding ground for mold, mildew, fungi and bacteria. Poor indoor air quality can negatively affect those who work or live in the building. By effectively cleaning trash and linen chutes, especially in apartment buildings and high-rises, this improves air quality and reduces odor by removing potentially harmful molds, bacteria, germs and even cockroach droppings.
This cleaning involves the entire system, including the inside of the chute, hopper doors and compactor units which, in addition to reducing odors and improving indoor air quality, reduces fire hazard risks.
What can happen if regular chute cleaning is not performed?
There are a number of hazards with dirty chutes. If they are neglected it can result in serious problems including:
- Grease fires
- An out-of-control pest population
- Rancid food odors
- Excessive wear and tear on the chute and compactor
Keep in mind that disturbing odors that come from a dirty chute are not only distracting, they can be harmful. Poor indoor air quality has been known to cause a number of short term problems like eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches and fatigue. Extended exposure to air pollutants can also result in long term health problems. Eliminating this source of foul odor causing bacteria eliminates a significant air pollution source.
Expert technicians at Assured Environments can assess and recommend how often chute cleaning should be performed, typically once or twice per year depending on how heavy the use of the chute is. The cleaning should be considered an essential routine preventive measure.
By partnering with a reputable company like Assured Environments for regular chute cleaning, you’ll create a safer and cleaner environment for customers, tenants and employees.