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Flue Steam Inc. – Serving All of Southern California Since 1971

February 9, 2018

Flue Steam Inc. – Serving All of Southern California Since 1971

Flue Steam has been serving commercial kitchens throughout Southern California for over 4 decades. Managers and owners of commercial kitchens have entrusted the safety and ventilation of their kitchens to Flue Steam because our services are prompt, thorough, and affordable. Learn more about our services in this informative blog from the commercial kitchen safety and ventilation experts at Flue Steam.

Our services for commercial kitchens throughout Southern California include:

  • Complete kitchen exhaust system cleaning (including hand scraping and steam cleaning of fans, hoods, and ducts)
  • Grease filter exchange service
  • Automatic fire suppression system service
  • Portable fire extinguisher sales and service

Dramatically reduce your risk of flash fires with exhaust system cleaning services

We provide meticulous exhaust system cleaning services for commercial kitchens. Exhaust systems are a key element of all commercial kitchens because they safely eliminate the vaporized grease that’s a natural byproduct of cooking. If you fail to keep your commercial kitchen’s exhaust system clean, it won’t be able to do its job properly, so grease will build up in your system, potentially causing a flash fire. If a flash fire occurs in your commercial kitchen, you’ll have to deal with the fire department and huge interruption to your business. Prevent all of that from happening with our exhaust system cleaning services.

We offer both hand scraping and steam cleaning services. Hand scraping is a simple, effective way to clean the accessible areas of your exhaust system. Steam cleaning is more thorough but it’s also more labor intensive and costly, so we recommend supplementing hand scraping with steam cleaning services. Our technicians make every effort to reach every inch of your exhaust system every time they come to hand scrape or steam clean it. Your kitchen is in excellent hands with the experts at Flue Steam.

Grease filter exchange service

One of the most cumbersome parts of operating a commercial kitchen is dealing with grease filters. They need to be exchanged and cleaned on a regular basis, so why not partner with Flue Steam to handle this pesky job every time it becomes necessary? Our grease filter exchange services are totally affordable and super helpful for all commercial kitchens throughout Southern California.

Automatic fire suppression system service

The automatic fire suppression system is an essential part of your commercial kitchen. You never know when you’ll need to use it, so it’s best to always be prepared. In fact, the law requires that you always have an operation automatic fire suppression system in your commercial kitchen. Partner with Flue Steam and we’ll always make sure your system is code-compliant and ready to work if a fire occurs in your commercial kitchen. Our licensed technicians will provide all inspections and maintenance required by law every 6 months.

We can also provide you with a high quality portable fire extinguisher! Just call Flue Steam at 800-700-FLUE to sign up for these helpful services for your commercial kitchen today.

Not Sure which Portable Fire Extinguishers Would Work Best for your Commercial Kitchen?

January 16, 2018

Not Sure which Portable Fire Extinguishers Would Work Best for your Commercial Kitchen?

When the time comes to your commercial kitchen, there are so many things to be aware of, and so many choices to make. The good news is that when it comes to choosing items that relate to your commercial kitchen’s air control and fire prevention, you don’t have to do it alone – you have the experts at Flue Steam right at your disposal. Our mission is to make sure your commercial kitchen is as safe and efficient as possible, so we offer a whole bunch of services to further that mission.

Portable fire extinguisher services

We have been in this business for multiple decades, and during that time, we’ve frequently added to our lineup of fire safety services for commercial kitchens throughout Southern California. If a fire arises in your commercial kitchen, we want to make sure you’re prepared to deal with it safely. That’s where fire extinguishers come in.

Picking out portable fire extinguishers

When the time comes to pick out fire extinguishers for your commercial kitchen, you may not know exactly where to start. There are so many different fire extinguisher makes and models. But not to worry – we’re happy to advise you on the best fire extinguishers for your particular commercial kitchen as well as your preferences. We sell all types of portable fire extinguishers, plus we can help you decide how many to buy and where to place them in your commercial kitchen. We’ll make sure your fire extinguishers are set up in compliance with relevant fire safety codes as well.

Licensed technicians

Rest assured that you can trust our highly experienced, licensed technicians to advise you about and service your portable fire extinguishers. You’ll be able to be confident that if you ever need to use any of your portable fire extinguishers, they’ll be in perfect working order. By working with a licensed fire extinguisher company, you’ll always comply with the law, so that’ll give you real peace of mind, too.

Other services from Flue Steam

We are here to help you keep your commercial kitchen safe and efficient, so we also provide a bunch of other services in addition to our portable fire extinguisher services including:

  • Kitchen exhaust system cleaning
  • Grease filter exchange service
  • Automatic fire suppression systems

Begin your partnership with Flue Steam today by calling 800-700-FLUE. Let us make your routine easier and your commercial kitchen safer. We serve commercial kitchens throughout Southern California. So many commercial kitchen managers and owners have relied on us over the 47 years that we’ve been in business, and we look forward to establishing an excellent partnership with you soon. Call us at 800-700-FLUE today.

Make 2018 Easier with Commercial Kitchen Exhaust System Cleaning Services from Flue Steam Inc.

January 6, 2018

Make 2018 Easier with Commercial Kitchen Exhaust System Cleaning Services from Flue Steam Inc.

How did 2017 go in your commercial kitchen? Did you always feel like you were like a chicken with its head cut off, running around like crazy? Did you frequently get stressed out with so many items on your To Do list every single day? Then it’s time to take a deep breath, step back, and start brainstorming ways to make 2018 easier.

Here’s an idea! Sign up for commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaning services from Flue Steam. You won’t ever have to worry about keeping your exhaust system up to code. You also won’t have to stress out about making sure no flash fires occur in your commercial kitchen with routine cleaning services from Flue Steam.

How it works

There are 2 ways in which we’ll clean your commercial kitchen’s exhaust system. Both ways are effective in eliminating grease and dramatically decreasing your risk of a flash fire. Our technicians clean commercial kitchen exhaust systems by hand scraping and steam cleaning methods. Many other companies just focus on cleaning your range hood, but our technicians strive to reach every single inch of your commercial kitchen exhaust system. Our technician will start by cleaning the hood, then also clean the exhaust ducts, drip cups, and exhaust fans. If you don’t have access panels on your exhaust system, we’ll be happy to install them for you according to code requirements.

Flue Steam technicians use the following methods to clean exhaust systems in commercial kitchens:

Hand scraping is a simple and affordable way of cleaning your exhaust system. The technician will remove grease deposits from all accessible areas. We recommend signing up for hand scraping services from Flue Steam once a month. If your commercial kitchen utilizes lots of oil by frying and broiling food, you may require more frequent cleaning.

Steam cleaning is a more expensive method for cleaning your exhaust system, but it’s also more thorough. The technician will utilize hot, high-pressure water to remove grease from every nook and cranny of your exhaust system. We recommend supplementing hand scraping with steam cleaning services 2-4 times per year.

Certificates of Performance

After each cleaning, we provide “Certificate of Performance” stickers which not only keep code inspectors totally satisfied, they can also help you save money on insurance bills.

Bonus services

The safety of your commercial kitchen is important to us! As a result, every regularly scheduled cleaning of your exhaust system will include an exhaust fan inspection. Our technician will also check the belts and other parts of your exhaust system and grease your fan bearings. If a belt has become worn out and you have a replacement on hand, our technician will be glad to install it at no additional charge. We want to make sure your exhaust fan is doing its job so that your entire system will stay cleaner longer.

Ready to schedule exhaust system cleaning services for your commercial kitchen? Just call us at 800-700-FLUE or email contact@fluesteam.com.

Are Your Automatic Fire Suppression Systems in Good Working Order?

December 23, 2017

Are Your Automatic Fire Suppression Systems in Good Working Order?

Do you own or manage a commercial kitchen? Then you know that you always have to been on top of all the government rules and regulations so your staff and equipment stay safe. One essential way to keep your commercial kitchen compliant with the laws is to enlist the expertise of Flue Steam. We’ll make sure your automatic fire suppressions are always in good working order and always in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws.

Importance of your automatic fire suppression systems

Commercial kitchens always must have automatic fire suppression systems in good working order to maintain the safety of employees, patrons, and to protect equipment from fire damage. Commercial automatic fire suppression systems are specially designed to detect and extinguish grease fires before they can spread into the ventilation system. If a fire is allowed to spread into the ventilation system, significant damage can result, and you may endanger your customers and employees’ safety.

As a result, all commercial cooking appliances that could produce greasy vapors much have their own fire suppression nozzle. Even if cooking appliances are side-by-side, each one should have its own fire suppression nozzle. Each nozzle sprays an extinguishing agent and has an automatic shutoff for the electrical power and/or gas for the appliance. The system also has visible and audible alarms that provide warnings when the system has been activated so people can clear the area. A separate warning tone should begin when the extinguishing agent is actually released as well.

In addition to these components, automatic fire suppression systems include a manual activation device, which is located 10-20 feet from the exhaust system, close to an exit.

Worried about keeping up with your automatic fire suppression systems?

It’s clear that automatic fire suppression systems are essential for the safety of your commercial kitchen, and keeping them in proper working order should be a top priority. But as an owner or manager of a commercial kitchen, you already have so many pressing tasks on your mind on a daily basis.

That’s why you should enlist the expertise of Flue Steam. We can take care of all your automatic fire suppression systems needs in your commercial kitchen. We’re a certified contractor that’s been serving Southern California for over 47 years. We’ll take care of all of the little details involved in complying with UL 300 and California state codes. We have the C-16 license required by the state to install, service, and inspect these automatic fire suppression systems.

Like any safety system, it’s important to have your automatic fire suppression systems inspected on a regular basis. The state of California requires 2 inspections per year – one every six months – as well as every system discharge. Flue Steam can handle these inspections as well as all the necessary paperwork needed to comply with all necessary laws and to provide your insurance company with proof that your automatic fire suppression systems are in good working condition.

Call Flue Steam at 800-700-FLUE to start working with us today!

How often should grease filters be replaced?

December 15, 2017

How often should grease filters be replaced?Grease filters are an essential part of your commercial kitchen. Grease filters within your kitchen exhaust system serve to reduce the amount of vaporized grease within your exhaust system ducts, where it can cause a flash fire. When your grease filters are clean, they can trap 70-80% of the grease that passes through them. But when grease filters become saturated with grease, they simply don’t work anymore. As a result, grease accumulates in your exhaust system and not only does it operate in an inefficient manner, it’s super dangerous. Dangerous grease accumulates right above your cooking appliances, and your risk of a flash fire increases every day.

Lowering the risk of flash fires in your commercial kitchen

Dramatically reduce your risk of flash fire with regular grease filter replacement and cleaning from Flue Steam. Prevent the damage to your business that would result from a flash fire. If a flash fire occurs in your commercial kitchen, your equipment will become damaged, plus you’ll have to close for awhile to make repairs, so you’ll use valuable revenue. Your bottom line might even be messed up. Make sure this doesn’t happen by signing up for regular grease filter replacement and cleaning services from Flue Steam.

Now to answer the question right at hand. How often should grease filters be replaced?

In most cases, filters should be cleaned or replaced every 2 weeks. However, restaurants that don’t use much grease or oil (restaurants that don’t fry or broil much, or at all) can extend the life of their filters for up to 4 weeks.

It’s easy to sign up for grease filter replacement and cleaning services from Flue Steam. Just call us at 800-700-FLUE and we’ll set up a regular schedule so you’ll always have fresh, clean grease filters on hand. You won’t have to worry about it ever again! One of our technicians will deliver clean filters to your kitchen at preset intervals of your choice (recommended every 2 weeks). The technician will install the new filters for you as well as haul away the old filters for thorough cleaning.

We also offer name brand grease filters for purchase. We carry most sizes of Kason and Flame Guard brand grease filters. Our prices are excellent because we buy grease filters in bulk, so we pass the savings on to you.

Contact us today

We’re here to make your commercial kitchen safer and more efficient. Sign up for our grease filter cleaning and replacement services today, as well as regular kitchen exhaust system cleaning services. We also provide exhaust fan maintenance, automatic fire suppression system, and portable fire extinguisher sales and services. Start your partnership with Flue Steam now by calling 800-700-FLUE.