When you think of open flames and a restaurant, thoughts of fresh flame-broiled burgers and steaks may come to mind.
Or maybe you envision flames searing out of shrimp and chicken on a hibachi grill. However, open flames coming from a blazing eatery is not a good
thing. The leading cause of restaurant fires is a blocked exhaust system. Aside from this extreme reason, there are many other reasons
restaurants and other food service operations need to maintain their
exhaust ducts by giving a periodic
PINNACLE POWER SYSTEMS CLEANING, a division of Pinnacle Power Washing, LLC, is a CERTIFIED and professional kitchen hood/duct/system cleaner.
To understand the magnitude of damage that can be caused by letting grease build up, we need to look at how exhaust systems work. The hood over
the stoves captures
smoke, grease and other particles mixed with air. An exhaust fan then pulls the air from the hood through an exhaust duct. Air is then replaced
to the kitchen through another system, either a make-up air unit or air-conditioning. Filters and diffusers work with this system as well to help
move debris out and air in. When everything works, food is good, employees are happy, the atmosphere is comfortable. However, when the exhaust
duct builds up, it causes an imbalance in the system; and things begin to go downhill.
When you picture chunks and hunks of grease clogging up an
exhaust pipe, it's enough to make you lose your appetite. But did you know that this could actually affect the quality of the food? When ducts are backed up, things like uneven cooking surface temperatures, grease accumulation and even food-storage temperatures (in a hot kitchen, things like prepped food go rancid more quickly) can make for unhappy plates. Furthermore, a cook cooking in these conditions could grow frustrated . . . leading to lackadaisical work.
This leads to another reason why
maintained exhaust systems can hinder an eating establishment. Comfort is something people yearn for when
going out to eat. When air-conditioning is not functioning properly because of the problems -- starting with the exhaust duct -- people will be hot and uncomfortable . . . and may go somewhere else. Additionally, like
a cook mentioned prior, waitstaff and other employees may also begin to grow irritable. Smoke and odors may also not be removed, as well, heightening these negative feelings. All of this can indeed hurt service . . . as well as hurt reputation and, ultimately, hurt profits.
Fires can be caused as a result of a flame sparking in the built-up grease. The fire can damage the restaurant causing the need for expensive
repair or, worst-case scenario, being totally destroyed. Insurance or not, this is devastating. Customers will find somewhere else to go while
the restaurant is being rebuilt. Accidents happen, but knowing that a fire could have been prevented by simply cleaning grease from the exhaust
can make hindsight a harsh reality. This is a huge reason restaurants need to invest their time to find a reputable pressure washer contractor
that services food-service establishments. They can't afford not to. In addition, local fire and health service departments have varying standards
when it comes to exhaust systems. No matter what they may be, they must be adhered to to stay in business.
It is crucial to maintain a proper cleaning schedule of a
restaurant maintenance system. Proper ventilation is imperative to the comfort of staff
and patrons and to the quality of food and overall dining experience. It is recommended to
clean the exhaust system every three months; however,
fast-food places or restaurants with lots of food output may even need to perform a monthly cleaning.
Aside from restaurants, places such as
hospitals, schools, assisted-living facilities, camps, institutions, airports and other facilities with kitchens are places that need to take this
information into consideration . . . and are wise to contact a reputable and CERTIFIED kitchen hood system cleaning company such as PINNACLE POWER
SYSTEMS CLEANING, a division of Pinnacle Power Washing, LLC. PPSC can also power wash the exterior of the building, sidewalks, Dumpster pads, and
the walk from the back door to the Dumpster that builds up with grease over time.