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How often should your restaurant have its vent hoods cleaned?
There are different theories about how regularly vent hoods should be clean. Some say it should be every month, every 3 months or at least twice a year. But, which is the correct answer?
The importance of vent hood cleaning
Preparation of food involves the release of greasy particles in the air, along with smoke and vapors. Over a period of time, these particles and vapors settle on the vents, hoods and other parts of the ventilation system.
Improper cleaning or cleaning after prolonged intervals can result in the blockage of the vents and hoods. This blockage will then prevent further exhaustion of the fumes released during cooking. The blockage can then lead to kitchen fires, spreading rapidly to other parts of the restaurant. It is this presence of highly flammable materials like cooking oils, gas, furniture and upholstery can trigger and spread the fire very quickly.
What professionals say
According to professionals, regular cleaning is essential to ensure that there is no grease buildup in the vents and hoods of the kitchen ventilation system. Not only is it necessary, but mandatory. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires regular inspections. These should be:
- Monthly for systems serving solid fuel cooking operations.
- Quarterly for systems serving high-volume cooking operations such as 24-hour cooking, charbroiling or wok cooking.
- Semi-annually for systems serving moderate-volume cooking operations.
- Annually for systems serving low-volume cooking operations, such as churches, day camps, seasonal businesses or senior centers.
Cleaning the vent hoods
Grease build-up and its potentially hazardous consequences is something all restaurant owners and managers should be acutely aware of. A regular ‘surface’ cleaning might not solve the problem, therefore it is essential a professional, deep-clean job is done to keep fires at bay.
That is why is it essential to hire experts on the matter such as Protech in Houston, Texas. With over 35 years of experience in this field, we can perform this task for you with results that far exceed those achievable by standard cleaning companies. We have the necessary equipment and expertise to perfectly clean the ventilation system.