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Laundry chutes are great for moving dirty clothes from an upper level of the house to a lower level, preferably near the washing machine.
Why Should You Have A Laundry Chute System?
There are several reasons why you should install a laundry chute system in your home. First, it will limit dirty clothes building up in bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways. Second, it will stop the need to carry dirty laundry downstairs which in itself is a major hazard. Third, it will save you time because you can send the laundry downstairs out of the way whilst you do the rest of your chores. Fourth, it adds value to your home as it's built-in so there for the life of the house. Fifth, it will prevent clutter from building up in your house. Sixth, it will make your life easier. Seventh, it will improve your home’s curb appeal. Ninth, it will make your home safer.
The first reason why you should install a laundry chute system is that it will limit dirty clothes laying around and will decrease the chance of falling downstairs. 700 people in England and Wales alone die falling down stairs with a further 43,000 hospitalised. (Google) When you have multiple people living in your home, having a laundry chute system will help clear dirty clothes quickly and save the need for laundry baskets.
How Do I Know When My Laundry Chute Needs Repairing?
If you notice any issues with your laundry chute, such as the door not closing properly, then you should contact a professional immediately. You should check your laundry chute every few months to ensure that it is still functioning properly.
The first thing you should do if you notice any problems with your laundry chute is to call a professional to inspect it. A professional will be able to tell you whether or not there is anything wrong with your laundry chute. It may be something simple like a new handle or hinge but a laundry chute door is the most important safety mechanism of a chute. If there is something wrong with your laundry chute, then you should fix it right away. If you leave it alone, then it could cause serious damage to your home. You can contact a professional, here.
How Much Does A Laundry Chuting System Cost?
It costs anywhere between £500-£1,000 to build a laundry chute system in a typical two-storey home. This includes the cost of materials, labour (depending on where you live), and designing it. However, there are several ways to save money when building a laundry chute system. First, you can install it yourself. This can be a kit or specifically tailored to your home. These systems come complete with everything you need to install them into your home.
The first step in installing a laundry chute is to determine where it will go. You should consider where the washing machine or dryer is as well as any cupboards already built in that area. If you choose to place the chute next to the washing machine, you will need to cut a hole in the floor. Once you have determined where you want the laundry chute to end, you should consider what is above the washing machine. Is there a bathroom, cupboard or space you can box a chute in? Next, you should decide which door to choose (we have four different types of doors, all 1hr minimum fire rated and lockable). After deciding on the door, you then need to decide how the chute will start and end. A normal laundry chute would start with the door vertical on a wall preferably in the hallway so everyone can access it. The door would go inside a 90° elbow around 1m from the floor and then drop down to the washing area below. If the space above is limited you can have the laundry chute door horizontal on top of the chute dropping string down and boxing in around 800mm from the floor. Finally, you will need to decide how the chute will end. A typical chute would end above head height preferably inside a cupboard or press. You can then have a shelf just under around head height with a basket on it. 2 or 3 shelves below which would allow you to separate the whites and colours.
How Can I Install A Laundry Chute Properly?
If you decide to build a laundry chute, you should first determine where you plan to place the chute. You should also consider how much space you have available.
The next step is to choose the size of the chute you would like to install. There are four sizes 250mm, 300mm, 350mm and 400mm for domestic houses. Hotels and care homes require a larger diameter which can be found on our commercial page.
How Do I Clean The Laundry Chute?
Our laundry chutes are stainless steel grade 316L which are smooth throughout and will not require cleaning in normal domestic use. This grade of steel will never corrode or disintegrate in a domestic house. Below is a chute with 3 x 45 ° elbows as the chute had to offset to reach the utility room.
Laundry chutes are an important part of any home, apartments or a hotel, especially in where space is limited. They're also a potential hazard for children and pets, so it's important to keep them clean, safe and carry out maintenance on them.
Prior to maintenace
Never attempt to enter the chute or lean in without permission from the owner of the building. Only visual checks should be carried out without permission. A risk assessment should be drawn up and agreed by all relevant parties prior to any maintenance. This should include all doors to be locked with the keys handed to the person or supervisor carrying out the maintenance. If the doors are automatic and interlocking they should be isolated and only have manual access.
Is the chute clear of debris?
If there's anything blocking the bottom of your laundry chute, it could cause damage to clothes and is also a potential fire risk and even lead to injury. Make sure that everything inside the chute is removed before using it. Also, make sure that no objects are hanging down into the chute.
If you notice anything unusual in your laundry chute, such as a large amount of debris, report it imediately.
Do the doors open and close properly?
You should check the door handle, hinges and self closure if fitted every six months to ensure they're not loose and working to the manufacturers specifications. If they are, tighten them or seek profesional help. If any screws aren't visible or turning, They may have threaded, check the screws are tight and not turning. The laundry chute door is an integral part of a laundry chute as far as fire safety is concerned. If the door doesn't close properly there is no fire break between floors.
If you notice anything wrong with your laundry chute, such as the door is not completely closing, the door is not level or if there's debris blocking the opening and you can't repair yourself, contact the people you purchased from or seek profesional guidance.
Does the chute have a handle?
A laundry chute without a handle isn't safe and is a number one priority when looking at maintenance. The door won't close properly without a handle so could be a fire risk.
If you live in an apartment building or work in a hotel, chances are you've seen at least one laundry chute. These handy devices allow you to drop your clothes into a lower floor without having to climb stairs or carry heavy loads. However, if you haven't used yours in a while, it might be time to check whether all parts are working properly.
Is the chute free of obstructions?
A clogged or obstructed chute will cause a potential fire risk. The fire damper or door closer could be obstructed which would not allow it to close in the event of a fire. It's also possible for the chute to become damaged. If you notice any signs of damage, contact your laundry chute supplier or a professional immediately as this is yet another maintenance issue.
If you notice anything unusual in your laundry chute, such as a large object blocking the opening, call your landlord immediately. You could be fined if you fail to report the problem. In addition, you should check the chute every day to ensure that there aren't any items inside that could cause injury or a fire risk.
Does the chute have a damper or fire closer?
The end of the chute should have some kind of shut off should a fire occur in that area. There will be a fusible link holding these fire stops. They should be inspected every 6 months and we would recommend thay are changed for new every year.
Is there a sprinkler system fitted?
A sprinkler system should be inspeted once a year by a qualified third party but if you notice anything different or obvious damage you should report to the building owner or you supervisor.
Contact us today and ensure your laundry chute stays safe and compliant. For servicing, repairs, or if you would like a laundry chute installing, the number to call is 01563 555881, or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 and the previous year have been challenging for everyone in the world but through these hard times, we have managed to keep our sales of laundry chutes (sometimes known as shoots or shutes) stable. One of our biggest customer region is Dublin in Ireland.
At Easyline laundry chutes, we have managed to increase our output herein keeping with government guidelines regarding COVID restrictions.
Brexit has also sent us challenges at the beginning of the year when sending a laundry chute to an EU city like Dublin in Ireland but has now gone back to a 2/3-day delivery as in the previous year. We send our laundry chutes with DHL who provide tracking information sent to a mobile or email address.
Customs require full clear documentation but as this is recorded electronically through our shipping company, we have not had any significant problems. The customs documents are uploaded when booking a consignment so they are always on hand should anyone from the shipping company (normally DHL) or the relevant countries customs office wish to see them. A tracking number is provided so all can see where the shipment is or has been at a specific point.
We work closely with our customers in designing their laundry chute as well as pricing and arranging delivery. We then follow up with emails and calls checking all our processes are working the way they should be. We believe that feedback, however, it has performed is the only way to run a successful business which is also what our customers want to hear.
To begin with planning a laundry chute we are normally contacted by a potential customer for information if not already supplied, we request a set of electronic plans including section drawings showing finished floor levels or (floor to ceiling heights). If the customer requests a chute length or something different like an offset, we design the chute to their specific requirements. If the customer is looking for advice, then through our extensive experience we provide a detailed drawing and quote showing the laundry chute we would advise for their project. The customer can then see what they are potentially buying. If the design and drawing are different to what they require or envisioned, we can easily change them.
Sometimes the customer has a vision of where the chute will go in their home and how it will look. We can look at their plans and design a chute to their request but can also add a suggestion on a position they may not have thought of or provide a cost-effective alteration to their idea.
Easyline laundry chutes. As in the name, Easy to plan, Easy to communicate with, Easy to buy and Easy to install.