Commercial kitchen exhaust systems become dirty at a fast rate and can eventually break out into a spontaneous fire if not kept clean and maintained on a timely basis. According to a report published by the NFPA in 2017, between 2010 and 2014 U.S fire departments responded to an estimated average of 7,410 structure fires in eating and drinking establishments per year. Kitchen fires are particularly dangerous because they often start or spread due to the buildup of grease. Grease is continuously being produced in commercial kitchens in high quantities and is usually found near open flames. Grease is not only highly flammable but can also splash and spread fire rapidly.
Having a dirty hood, filters and grease trap is fuel for an intense fire, which can quickly overcome the fire protection system and lead to disaster. Several restaurant owners carry out a DIY cleaning routine and often avoid or postpone professional intervention. But what about the grease build-up that cannot be seen and is inaccessible without the right tools and expertise? This is why trusting a professional company for a routine Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning is vital.
A clean vent hood and exhaust system cannot only drastically reduce the chances of a disaster happening in your commercial kitchen, but it also increases the quality of the air in the kitchen, reduces the need for repairs and maintenance, increases the energy efficiency of the kitchen as a whole, and allows for easier general cleaning and maintenance in the long term.
Hood and vent systems that are not cleaned regularly can accumulate grease and pose a serious threat of fire. Adequate cleaning schedules can vary, see the chart below to learn more.