Frequently asked questions about laundry chute maintenance
At GED Chutes we have years of experience providing fire inspection and laundry chute maintenance throughout the North West.
In that time we have helped a huge list of businesses maintain the laundry chutes on their premises, and answered a whole lot of questions.
Today, we're going to look at and answer some of the more common questions that we are asked. If you can't find the answer below, feel free to get in touch.
What is a fire-rated door and do I need one?
A fire-rated door will be able to withstand a certain level of heat during a certain time period. If they pass this test, they are given a label that shows they meet with these criteria.
Yes, you do need one by law. It is also necessary that you carry out regular fire risk assessments. GED Chutes can take over these inspections for you, removing stress and burden. Find out more here.
What is the discharge door?
Also known as a rolling style door, it is a device at the bottom of the chute that will prevent smoke and flame travelling up the cute to other floors. They're most often held open by fusible links. These links melt in a fire, closing the door automatically through either gravity (in the rolling styles) or a spring (in guillotine style doors).
Why must the doors be self-closing?
To qualify as fire-rated the units must be able to close and latch automatically. This will guarantee that doors aren't left open by mistake, putting others at risk in the event of a fire.
What maintenance does my chute require?
To remain fully compliant you need to have an annual inspection and ensure that the chute is regularly serviced. Not to mention the fact that you have to always guarantee that it is fire regulation compliant.
GED Chutes are recognised as industry leaders in laundry chute servicing and maintenance by hotels, nursing homes, and shops. Contact us today to enlist our help!