Using A Debris Chute To Remove Rubble And Other Materials From The Upper Floors Of A Building Under Construction

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Construction and renovations can be messy and time-consuming if you must haul scrap materials down several flights of stairs. Using a dumpster to drop scrap materials into works for some situations, but a debris chute installation is simple and will ensure the material you are dumping goes into the container and nowhere else. 

Debris Chute Types 

Debris chutes come in different sizes and configurations, allowing you to use one that fits the space available and is long enough to reach the container below it. Rigid chutes use plastic sections that are strung together and allow some movement but are durable enough to dump bricks and concrete through without causing damage. 

Soft or flexible debris chutes are also strong but use a soft-sided design that can extend and have a wire coil embedded in the material to help the debris chute maintain its shape. Both chute types work well to reduce dust and quickly get the waste material into the container on the ground without the risk of anything falling and hitting someone below. 

The debris chute installation is not difficult, and once it is in place, you can leave it until you move to another area of the building, then move it and the container without much difficulty. Because each section of the tube slides into the one below, there is enough flexibility in most chute systems that the dumpster or container can sit a few feet from the building, and the debris chute can angle out to form an arch, so the materials reach the container. 

Debris Chute Installation

Many equipment rental companies offer debris chutes that you can rent for a single job. The debris chute installation typically uses a bracket at the top that supports it, and chains or straps connect each section until it reaches the ground. 

Often the debris chute is assembled starting at the ground and lifted as sections are added. If you are renting the debris chute, the rental company may be able to help with the debris chute installation if you have never used one and are unsure how it goes together.

Several different types of chutes allow adding dump points in multiple locations along the chute so one assembly can be used on several floors, so you only need one on the entire building. The length of the debris chute is flexible, so if you need a longer one, you can add more sections until it reaches the area you need it.

If you are using a multi-dump station set up, covering the one you are not using with plastic will help reduce dust coming out when the chute is in use from above and still allow you to use it when necessary. 

Contact a local construction service to learn more about debris chute installation.