Frequently Ask Questions about hood and exhaust systems cleaning:
Why can't my employees clean the hoods? NFPA 96 states, "The entire exhaust system shall be cleaned by a properly trained, qualified and certified company or persons." Work of this nature takes special tools, equipment and expertise to properly and thoroughly clean.
What should I look for when hiring a company? You should look at training, certification, reputation and years in business. The Certified National Hood Cleaning Association certifies us as a Certified Exhaust Cleaning Specialist (CECS). We are versed in NFPA 96, the Code of Federal Regulations. We are regulated by each of these organizations to ensure we provide you with the best, and safest, service available.
What do you clean? We take care of what you see in the kitchen, but most importantly what you do not see from the roof down. We clean the entire system, starting from the exhaust housing and motor; including fan maintenance, grease bearings, adjust/replace belts making sure the motor is operating properly. Then we go down the flue into the plenum area cleaning the system to bare metal per NFPA 96 standards. Finally we clean the linkage for the fire suppression system, the filters, clean and polish the hood inside and out.
Why is cleaning the entire system important? Hoods and fire protection systems have the most legal requirements of any equipment in the kitchen. Typically, the health department is concerned about sanitation; the fire and building departments are worried about fire hazards, and an environmental agency is often worried about the smoke emissions pouring from the ducts. Most cooking facility fires originate in the cooking area, which can quickly spread into the exhaust system and onto the roof. Keeping a grease-free and fire safe system can protect you from this hazard.
How often does my system need to be cleaned? Frequency of cleaning depends on many variables, the type of cooking you do, how often the systems are used. We schedule your cleaning based on the needs of each location; monthly, quarterly or semi-annually.
If you're looking for a restaurant hood cleaner, then give us a call today at 510-393-4495.