The Importance Of Frequent Kitchen Exhaust System Maintenance
Your kitchen ventilation system is a critical part of your commercial kitchen. Its main function is to pull dirty, contaminated air out of the kitchen and replace it with fresh, clean air. Properly maintaining your kitchen exhaust system can prevent a fire, lower downtime, and save you money. This is why the NFPA, and local codes, require you to regularly clean your kitchen exhaust system.
When it comes to commercial restaurant equipment, one thing that is often overlooked is the need for regular kitchen exhaust system cleaning. However, it’s essential to maintaining the proper health and safety of your business and its team. The kitchen exhaust and ductwork are prone to clogging with dirt, fats and grease from cooking. This buildup can cause serious hazards including increased fire risk, poor air quality and odors. Grease extractors should also be serviced on a regular basis. This reduces the amount of FOGS (fats, oils, grease) that enters the sewer. It also protects the sanitary sewer line from major blockages.
Kitchen hoods collect heat, smoke, and grease-laden vapors from cooking equipment. These vapors can pose a serious fire hazard, especially if they are clogged or poorly maintained. Restaurants are required to regularly clean and maintain hoods in order to ensure that they meet safety standards, health regulations, and fire codes. Failure to do so can result in fines or even suspension of operations. Regular cleaning and maintenance of a hood’s filters will keep your kitchen safe, employees comfortable, and your business up to code as far as local laws are concerned. This will also extend the life of the filter and hood system.
Ductwork systems must be cleaned regularly to avoid serious problems like a buildup of grease, smoke, soot and other combustible materials that can pose a fire risk and lead to poor air quality and foul odors. Frequent cleaning will prevent these issues from developing, as well as keep your kitchen operating safely. When you hire a professional for your ductwork, they will design the system to distribute air correctly. They will also be able to make sure that the ductwork is properly insulated and sealed for maximum efficiency.
Restaurants rely on exhaust fans to vent out the fumes, grease, and air contaminants that can build up in their kitchens. Cleaning the fan often keeps it operating at peak performance, minimizing fire hazards and keeping your employees safe. It also helps keep humidity to a minimum, which can cause serious water damage in vulnerable areas. Without a fan, humidity would condense and collect on walls, furniture, and equipment. A professional repair and maintenance service is the best way to ensure that every aspect of your kitchen’s ventilation system is properly cleaned and functioning at a high level!