Laundry and Trash chutes can make life so much easier when you live in a high-rise apartment building or a multi-story house, letting you drop your garbage or linen down the chute to the basement without having to lug a heavy basket or trash bag downstairs. It can also be much safer, since you do not have to try to look around the clothes to see the steps, risking losing your footing in the process.
One thing to consider with your chute door is the spring on your intake doors. For intake doors it is a little different because the spring is used to keep your door closed, and to self close. This is important so you do not have to try to close the door again once the clothes or trash are dropped down, thus keeping odors, pests, drafts, and fires from climbing up the chute. This protects the health and safety of the residents.
A laundry or trash chute spring comes in two types – gas or hydraulic. Physical springs work by gravity, versus springs that operate by hydraulics or gas, and often come in lengths ranging from 15” to 20”. On the upper floors, the chute door that needs to be pulled open and then would then retract by a spring when the laundry has been dropped, thus keeping the top of the chute closed. Below is an example of a Gas closer that is a pin type or sometimes call ball stud type:
10″ Trash Chute Spring
This 10″ Extended Gas Chute Closer is for a Bottom Hinged Chute Door. This closure will fit the following size doors 14 x 17, 15 x 18, 18 x 18, 21 x 18, 21 x 21, and 24 x 24.
The safety factor of having a laundry or trash chute spring cannot be underestimated. With the doors open, a fire in the basement would shoot straight up to the upper floors via the chute, carried along by the draft created by the temperature differences between the floors. When the doors can automatically close and be kept closed, this risk is greatly reduced. Fire safety regulations exist in every state and many localities. These chute springs thus play a huge part in the overall safety of the building and helping the owners stay in compliance with fire safety rules. Below is an example of the two types of hydraulic retracted closers:
10″ Hydraulic trash chute closer
This 10″ Hydraulic trash chute spring is most often for a Bottom Hinged and sometimes Side Hinged chute intake door. This closer will fit the following size doors 15 x 18, 18 x 18, 21 x 18, 21 x 21, and 24 x 24.
8″ Retracted Hydraulic Chute Door Closer – Side & Bottom Hinged
This 8″ Retracted Hydraulic closer is for both Bottom and Side Hinged chute intake doors. This closer will fit the following size doors 12 x 15, 14 x 17, 15 x 15, 15 x 18, 18 x 18, 21 x 21, and 24 x 24.
Building maintenance workers can save a lot of money for the building owners and managers by just replacing the parts that need to be replaced, instead of the entire door. Laundry chute springs should be inspected periodically to be sure they are not wearing out or stretching too far so that they permanently stretch out. When they do need to be replaced, they are readily available and do not cost much, so they can quickly be installed and get the residents back to normal.