Despite its convenience, rubbish chutes are often overlooked by HDB occupants, in terms of cleanliness maintenance. While they provide an efficient and effective means of disposing rubbish, have you ever thought about what will happen when a rubbish chute doesn’t receive proper and timely cleaning care? Bacteria fill the air every time the chute doors are opened. Based on recent studies, the inner surface of a chute can carry over 30 different biological and bacterial growths. These bacteria may cause illnesses and infections throughout the building, possibly risking occupants’ health. To raise awareness on the importance of keeping your rubbish chutes clean, this article will share a few common consequences of a poorly maintained rubbish chute.
1. Fire hazards
Without proper maintenance, rubbish chutes will not only release unpleasant odours and expose occupants to infections, worse still, they could pose as fire hazard risks. A stuck rubbish chute door with built-up gooey residue can actually ignite. Flammable items or something with burning embers can sometimes be found in the refuse chutes, causing a spark. In case of a fire, if the rubbish chute doors are not properly closed, a wind tunnel effect may occur, funnelling the fire up and down the building. Therefore, it is vital to use safety-approved chute doors. If your rubbish chute is too worn out for repairs, do consider a HDB rubbish chute replacement instead.
2. Pest infestation
The humid, dark and dirty environment that rubbish chutes presents makes for a perfect breeding ground for some pests and harmful pathogens. Moths, flies, rats and other pests feed in filthy trash chutes, while roaches and rodents use them to climb from floor to floor. The presence of such pests compromises hygiene. Therefore, regular chute cleaning including the surrounding areas is vital to get rid of pests and rodents. For an effective and hassle-free cleaning outcome, seeking professional help from any cleaning company in Singapore is highly recommended.
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3. Air quality
Smelling bad odours from your rubbish chute? This is usually the first sign of airborne bacteria. Bacteria can be harmful for your health and also adversely impacts the air quality around a building. In turn, overexposure to poor air quality may cause nose irritation, fatigue and other long term health issues The best rectification is to eliminate potentially harmful bacteria and germs by effectively cleaning rubbish and linen chutes, empowering better air quality. With proper maintenance, you can even save yourself from the hassles of engaging rubbish chute repair professionals.
4. Replacement costs
On top of hygiene problems, a dirty rubbish chute may also be prone to serious damage, if left uncared for over a long period of time. In this case, the only thing you can do is to replace the chute. This usually incurs high costs and it may cause inconvenience at the same time. Imagine you and your neighbours having to carry their rubbish downstairs for disposal every time.
No doubt, the aforementioned consequences reflect the importance of hygiene and properly maintaining your rubbish chute to ensure peak cleanliness. For greater peace of mind, act fast the next time you suspect there might be something wrong with your rubbish chute by reaching out to professionals.
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