Keeping employees productive and happy in a restaurant is a process that needs to happen in order for restaurant to be successful. The kitchen is the core of that success. When a cook and the staff are un happy because the smoke and the heat in the kitchen is not exiting, then there is a problem. The heat and the smoke is not exiting through the kitchen exhaust system and the filters and the exhaust fan’s motor has probably been neglected. When the filters have not been cleaned, the grease that has been collected in a grease cup will make its way into the kitchen exhaust fan and the duct work as well. It may even reach onto the roof as well that can cause even more damage because it will not be only an interior problem but affect the exterior of the building. The more the grease builds up, the hotter the exhaust system can become and result into a flash fire. Below is an example of how a company cleans a kitchen exhaust system and provides before and after pictures. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the system has to be cleaned to the bare metal for the kitchen to be in compliance with Industry Standards.
Missing maintenance can be a major liability that can result in a disaster, putting your business’s reputation and countless lives at risk. If you have not had your kitchen exhaust hoods cleaned, it’s not only a fire hazard, but you may be in violation of the law. AirTek’s Hospitality service includes kitchen exhaust hood cleaning and other hospitality services that can maintain a reputable image for your business. Contact us to learn how we can be of assistance. You may also contact us through our social media outlets that include our Facebook Community Page and Twitter.