The exhaust gases created by cooking processes leave a greasy residue on the inside of ductwork. The heat removed by the exhaust system heats this residue, which causes a fire hazard. The three elements required for a fire are air, fuel and heat.
These three factors are present in the exhaust system, just waiting to ignite. A simple flare-up while cooking is all it may take. You may extinguish a fire in your cooking area, but the flare-up can also ignite the grease in the ductwork. This is not as easy to extinguish, as the ductwork usually disappears into the ceiling cavity.
Residue in the exhaust ductwork can potentially be food source for vermin, who enter the ductwork when it is not operational. All these problems can possibly send your business into a financial downward spiral.
How often should kitchen exhaust systems be cleaned?
Regular kitchen exhaust maintenance provides numerous benefits for your property and business:
- Lowers the risk of financial loss caused by a serious fire.
- Removes fire hazards.
- Removes food sources of insects and rodents.
- Complies with local fire and health regulations.
- Complies with insurance requirements.
- Brings peace of mind to you and your employees.
- Improved internal and external appearance.
- Lower electrical costs.
- Improved equipment efficiency.
- Improved operating capacity.
- Prevention of costly breakdowns.
- Extended equipment life.
- Healthier indoor environment.