The importance of ventilation and kitchen extract cleaning in social housing
Social housing benefits many, offering safe and secure accommodation to those who need it most. These affordable housing systems allow those who are on a low income to rent a house or flat at a considerably lower cost than they would through private tenancy. Despite being at a lower rate, the accommodation is still expected to uphold a certain level of living quality from the registered provider.
Why do ventilation ducts and kitchen extraction systems need cleaning?
As a provider of social housing, it’s the social landlord’s duty to ensure that the accommodation is well-maintained, with everything working as it should. Keeping kitchen extracts and ventilation systems clean and looked after is an integral part of their obligation that must be met. Failure to do so can become a danger to the health and safety of occupants in residence.
The ventilation systems throughout high-rise social housing blocks increase air flow and improve air quality for residents. Ventilation ducts can quickly gather dust and dirt, especially so in high-rise social housing, which statistically contains more occupants per home than other forms of housing. As a result, the likelihood of mould and damp forming is increased, blocking airways and prohibiting clean air from filtering in. Air vents are a vital part of the building and work to keep the public and tenants safe and healthy. Due to their importance, it’s paramount that they are serviced to a high standard, through regular cleaning and routine inspection.
If a ventilation system is left to deteriorate, any present bacteria will multiply. Consequently, this brings the risk of toxic moulds such as Stachybotrys (black mould) which can lead to potentially life-threatening situations. Ventilation ducts may appear clean from the outside, but the interior of the system is hidden from sight, it can be difficult to spot mould and blockages forming. Therefore it is necessary that professionals check ductwork thoroughly to determine its state of health.
Kitchen extract systems are present in nearly every home. Again, regular cleaning is highly encouraged to prevent oil and fatty deposits building up and causing blockages. This, in turn, becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and parasites. It also presents a lethal fire hazard due to its flammability, so routine cleaning and inspections are a must.
It’s a legal obligation for a social landlord to keep his property in good working order, and there is more involved in that than you may think. All properties must meet the Decent Homes Standard, as set out by the Government; this includes the roof and walls being in a good state of repair; containing an adequate kitchen of no more than 20 years old; being free from damp and mould and having sufficient insulation and heating. If an accident should occur, resulting in a fire, many insurance companies would not cover the damages if regular ventilation maintenance was not being carried out. Blocked vents, dirty extractors and inaccessible areas are all reasons for claims to be denied, as it’s the landlord’s duty to keep the property in safe, working order. Failure to do so would mean that any damage costs fall on the registered provider.
This is where Ductbusters come in, we can help. With years of experience in the field, at Ductbusters we offer only the best ventilation risk assessments and ductwork cleaning services. All ductwork is different, but our team of experts have the right tools and experience to tackle any system, ensuring it’s able to work at maximum efficiency
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