Kitchen Exhaust Hood Cleaning
AIRTEK’s professionals are fully trained in accordance with the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) and International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA) regulations and procedures, including a technician on staff that is an IKECA-certified exhaust cleaning specialist (CECS). To receive a CECS designation requires an individual to have at least 1,000 hours of work experience and pass a comprehensive exam on the guidelines, codes and standards in the industry.
Our technicians clean the hood, plenum, duct risers, filtration system and filters, grease boxes, kitchen equipment, exhaust fans, washable ceilings, floors, commercial kitchens, ductwork, and rooftop. Our method utilizes a power washing/steam cleaning process during service – this is the most thorough method and will clean ductwork down to the “bare metal.” AIRTEK also conducts an initial scraping of the duct systems if the grease buildup is initially too excessive for power/steam cleaning; however, scraping would only be performed as necessary for future service. Service also includes before and after photographs and/or videos of the system for all projects to provide first-hand knowledge that the HVAC system is free from contaminants, along with sticker labeling of work completed. We also use green, environmentally safe, friendly cleaners.
The benefits of kitchen exhaust hood cleaning and maintenance for restaurants and cafeterias include:
- Reduced risk of kitchen fires
- Compliance with fire & health codes requiring kitchen-exhaust cleaning
- Improved ventilation for smoke and odor removal
- Enhanced working environment for kitchen staff
- Lower insurance premiums offered by some insurance companies
- Incorporated as standard part of overall maintenance plan
Recommended Hood Cleaning Frequency Chart:
Wood-burning or charcoal-burning stoves, char broilers, 24-hour restaurants, some hamburger establishments
Most hamburger establishments and fast-food locations
Most restaurants and cafeterias, hotels and hospital kitchens
Pizza establishments, convalescent hospitals, small snack bars, oven hood
Hoods over non-grease-creating appliances (e.g. steam kettles, dishwashers, soup vats, etc.)