Kitchen Hood and Exhaust Cleaning Tips for the Independent Restaurant Owner

As a restaurant owner, it is crucial to maintain and care for every piece of equipment that makes your business operate properly. One of the most important pieces of equipment to maintenance and keep clean in an eatery is the kitchen hood and exhaust. This is the one area that should never be neglected at any degree. Not only can a dirty kitchen hood and exhaust contaminate food, reduce the quality of cooking, and impose health department fines, it can be a potential danger.

Grease fires, explosions, and smoke damage are among a few common hazards associated with unkempt kitchen hoods and exhausts. And unfortunately, commercial kitchen fires are more common than you would think. According to the NFPA, more than 11,000 kitchen fires are reported every year.

Regular cleaning and maintenance of commercial kitchen equipment is imperative to reducing these statistics. To be sure this doesn’t happen to you at your restaurant, learn how to care for your hood and exhaust equipment, and what to do when your commercial kitchen equipment is too damaged to clean.

Recommended Maintenance

Kitchen hoods and exhausts are not the only part of the system that requires regular care and attention. Along with the hood and exhaust, kitchen vents and ducts require equal maintenance. Furthermore, components like deep fryers, grease traps, stoves, ovens, and open grills should all be regularly cleaned and inspected. This will help to improve a kitchen’s air flow, remain fire code compliant, ensure a safe working environment, and reduce fire risks. All this and more will keep the local fire marshals, health inspectors, and insurance companies off your back too!

Fire Codes and Standards

These areas and systems should be cleaned and inspected every three to six months by a certified company. In fact, the NFPA Fire Code mandates that all commercial kitchens have to be inspected by a qualified company. Be sure to hire a professional inspection service that retains the proper technologies, training, and knowledge to responsibly and reliably detect any dangerous issues or complications with your hood and exhaust setup.

Damaged or Defective Appliances

When routine cleaning is not enough to restore your commercial kitchen appliances, you are ready to make some replacements. Although this will be a hefty initial investment, you can take comfort in knowing that your used, broken down, or defective appliances can be sold to a local scrap metal buyer or recycling center for cash on the spot. Appliances, whether operational or not, retain nominal amounts of metal, like iron, steel, copper, and aluminum. This means they can be sold for cash to a local scrap yard regardless of their condition, and you can make back some money to put toward your new appliances.

This is a legal agreement between a corporation or two individuals specifying the terms for snow removal from a property. You may sign a contract with a company or an individual to have snow removed from your home or a business such as clearing your driveway, shovel the sidewalk, or clear a parking lot. When a corporation sets up a contract it could state in there that the sidewalks and parking lots be clear of ice and snow by a certain time of the day. It can also just be a written agreement without involving an attorney or having it notarized by a notary public.

When filling out a snow removal contract there should be certain information included in the contract, which includes, but not limited to:

• Address of the property for snow removal
• Name(s) of the person who owns the property
• The name, address, and phone number of the company that is removing the snow.
• Length of the contract
• How much for snow removal
• What the company is suppose to do such as the driveway, sidewalks, etc
• When it is suppose to be done
• How much it will cost
• How payments are to be made
• What will happen if the bill is not paid

One of the most important aspects of such a contract is the fee schedule. There is usually no set fee but a price is set for each type of snow removal. It also should include how the services will be billed and when. Some companies want to be paid the day of the service while others will bill you each month for services rendered. Choose a company that best suits the way bills are paid. This is important to know, especially areas where there is sporadic snowfall.

Another important factor in such a contract is the time when the snow removal will take place. Many time individuals may not care when their driveways or sidewalks are done but others may. This is especially true for businesses, factories, restaurants, etc. They may be stricter about snow removal. For example, a restaurant may want it all done by the time they are open and if it is a particular heavy snowfall, they may want it done a couple of times during the day. It is important that the parking lots and sidewalks be clean and free from snow and ice to prevent someone from falling. If someone falls then they could sue the business so that is why it important to know when it will be done and how often.

Following these simple rules and making sure that the correct information is in the contract will help prevent problems later.