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Scared of Flash Fires? Contact Flue Steam Inc. Today

October 8, 2018

Scared of Flash Fires? Contact Flue Steam Inc. Today

Flash fires are all too common in commercial kitchens throughout the US, even here in Southern California. But unlike zombie apocalypses, they can be prevented. This Halloween, make sure a flash fire won’t happen in your commercial kitchen by signing up for all the services offered by Flue Steam, especially exhaust system cleaning.

No tricks, all treats

Working with commercial kitchen staff around Southern California is such a treat for us. We’ve been serving people just like you for over 47 years. You can count on us to provide impeccable commercial kitchen air control and fire prevention services for hotel, restaurant, and all other kinds of commercial kitchens. Our mission is to improve the safety, air quality, and energy efficiency of your commercial kitchen. You won’t have to been spooked by the thought of a flash fire when you’ve partnered with Flue Steam.

Boo! We’re here to clean your exhaust system!

When you schedule your first commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaning service with Flue Steam, our technician will arrive at precisely the agreed-upon date and time and work as efficiently as possible without sacrificing quality work. We recommend signing up for monthly hand scraping services and supplementing this with steam cleaning services 2-4 times per year. During hand scraping service, our technician will diligently hand scrape grease deposits from all accessible areas of your exhaust system, starting with the range hood, then moving to the exhaust ducts, drip cups, and exhaust fans. Hand scraping is simple, effective, and ideal for all kinds of commercial kitchen exhaust systems.

If for some reason you don’t have code-required access panels in your exhaust system, we’ll install them for you so that you can receive an even more comprehensive exhaust system cleaning.

For steam cleaning, we’ll set up specialized equipment and utilize hot, high-pressure water to effectively clean every single nook and cranny of your exhaust system. This process requires more of an investment, but it also delivers more effective cleaning power.

We are committed to making sure your system stays cleaner and runs efficiently for as long as possible. Greatly decrease your risk of flash fires with excellent hand scraping and steam cleaning services from Flue Steam.

Grease filter exchange services

One other part of your commercial kitchen that needs to be taken care of properly to prevent flash fires and a whole lot of inconvenience is the grease filter. Grease filters trap up to 70-80% of vaporized grease that passes through them, but they’re not going to be able to trap anything if they’re already saturated with grease. Thankfully, Flue Steam also offers grease filter exchange services. You’ll always have clean, efficient grease filters on-hand and performing effectively when you rely on Flue Steam to exchange them. Our quick, convenient, and affordable grease filter exchange programs keep your commercial kitchen humming along.

Sign up for commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaning and grease filter exchange services today by calling 800-700-FLUE. Happy Halloween from all of us at Flue Steam!

How often should my commercial kitchen’s flue be cleaned?

September 23, 2018

How often should my commercial kitchen’s flue be cleaned?

Did you know that it’s absolutely essential to make sure your commercial kitchen’s flue is cleaned on a regular basis? A dirty flue and exhaust system in general can be extremely unhygienic, inefficient, and even dangerous. That’s because a flash fire can easily result from built-up grease. One strike of a match or one towel that catches fire during the cooking process can result in a disastrous flash fire that not only results in someone getting hurt, it means a call to the fire department, a huge interruption in your business, and necessitates the repair of your pricey commercial kitchen appliances. Skip that entire hassle by signing up for commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaning services from Flue Steam. You’ll save yourself so much hassle and stress!

How often?

You may be wondering how often your commercial kitchen’s flue should be cleaned to prevent a dangerous situation from arising. For most commercial kitchens, we recommend signing up for hand scraping services on a monthly basis, and supplementing it with steam cleaning services 2-4 times per year. Hand scraping involves the simple, effective hand scraping of all grease deposits in accessible areas. While this method is great, it’s not as thorough as steam cleaning, which utilizes hot, pressurized water to reach every nook and cranny of your commercial kitchen exhaust system. Steam cleaning requires more effort on the outset, and costs more, but it also delivers better results. Most commercial kitchen managers opt for hand scraping services on a monthly basis, with steam cleaning services supplementing it 2-4 times per year.

How will my kitchen’s flue be accessed?

This is a question we often receive from people who are signing up for flue cleaning services. Well, our flue cleaning technicians will access your flue through access panels. The most obviously apparent one is the exhaust hood, then the duct access panels, which will be remove for cleaning and then sealed back in place using a special fire-rated caulking compound. Then, the exhaust fan will be cleaned. If it was installed according to fire code requirements, it has a hinged base and extra electrical cable. Our technicians will simply tip it over on its side for cleaning.

Concerned about your access panels?

If your flue doesn’t have enough access panels, or they haven’t been placed correctly, we would be happy to install them for you according to all applicable rules, regulations, and materials according to NFPA 96 and California Mechanical Code.

Code obligations

When you partner with Flue Steam, you won’t have to worry about meeting your code obligations in relation to your exhaust system anymore. After each cleaning, we’ll place a “Certificate of Performance” sticker on your system that shows the date of service, the service frequency, and whether any inaccessible areas exist in your system. We recommend keeping this sticker as proof that you have fulfilled your code obligations.

Contact us!

Please get in touch with us today at 800-700-FLUE to schedule your first exhaust system cleaning service.

Commercial Kitchen Fires are Totally Preventable

September 8, 2018

Commercial Kitchen Fires are Totally Preventable

Every time a news story details a commercial kitchen fire, we at Flue Steam shake our heads. Many people don’t know this, but commercial kitchen fires are completely preventable. They should not be happening now, in the 21st century, when we all should know better how to protect kitchen fires from happening.

This past July, in the Passaic, NJ, area, where the restaurant kitchen “El Chévere” caught on fire. Reportedly, it took 20 engine companies to bring the fire under control – and 6 firefighters were injured in the process. This fire shuttered 11 businesses, 3 of which were a total loss.

This level of devastating damage is such a shame, but it highlights the importance of proper commercial kitchen maintenance. Preventing fires like these is essential, but it can only be done when commercial kitchen managers take the proper precautions. This can be hard to fit into already full schedules, but it should definitely be made a top priority.

One way to make sure your commercial kitchen stays safe from flash fires is by partnering with Flue Steam. We serve commercial kitchens throughout Southern California, and we would welcome the opportunity to partner with you. We offer various services to help commercial kitchens stay a safe, clean, and efficient every day including:

  • Kitchen exhaust system cleaning (hand scraping and steam cleaning services available)
  • Grease filter exchange service
  • Automatic fire suppressions systems service
  • Portable fire extinguisher sales and service

Find out more about our services below and sign up today by calling 800-700-FLUE. We’re always happy to schedule your services at dates and times that are most convenient for your busy schedule.

Kitchen exhaust system cleaning services

Hand scraping involves the simple, effective, and affordable process of scraping grease that gradually accumulates on your exhaust system. Our technicians strive to reach every single accessible area so your exhaust system continues to work well and in the safest way possible. Our technicians start with the hood, then move to the exhaust ducts, drip cups, and exhaust fans. We recommend scheduling hand scraping services on a monthly basis. Sign up for your first hand scraping service by calling 800-700-FLUE now.

Steam cleaning requires more of an investment, but it also delivers a more thorough cleaning because involves the use of hot, high-pressured water to effectively remove grease from every inch of your commercial kitchen exhaust system. Many commercial kitchen managers elect to supplement hand scraping services with steam cleaning services 2-4 times per year.

After each hand scraping and steam cleaning service, we provide “Certificate of Performance” stickers that keep code inspectors satisfied and may even save you money on your insurance bills. Enjoy all the perks of relying on Flue Steam to keep your exhaust system clean – you’ll be so glad you did.

Safety in commercial matters

As the devastating story in Passaic, NJ shows, you don’t want to mess around when it comes to protecting your commercial kitchen from flash fires. The best step you can take to prevent one from happening is signing up for hand scraping and steam cleaning services from Flue Steam. Call us to schedule your first service today at 800-700-FLUE.

Think cleaning the grease in your commercial kitchen is no big deal? Think again.

August 19, 2018

Think cleaning the grease in your commercial kitchen is no big deal? Think again.

Plenty of people who manage and work in kitchens think that they’re doing a good job cleaning the oil and vaporized grease from their kitchens. But the sad fact is, if you’re not relying on a professional commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaning company, you could be at risk of having a flash fire. Just check out this video from Gordon Ramsay’s show, “24 Hours to Hell and Back”, season 1 episode 3 at Brownstone Bistro: Pay especially close attention from the 16m12s mark to 17m37s.

Yikes

You’ll see that there’s so much more to cleaning a commercial kitchen than simply wiping down the appliances. This commercial kitchen was absolutely full of grease throughout the exhaust system and as Ramsay notes, the whole thing could go up in flames. This is tremendously dangerous and not up to code in the least.

How clean is your commercial kitchen’s exhaust system? If your staff isn’t taking stringent measures to clean it on a regular basis, your entire commercial kitchen could be at risk of going up in flames, just like the one at Brownstone Bistro.

Partner with Flue Steam for peace of mind

It is so imperative that you sign up for regular exhaust system cleaning services for your commercial kitchen from Flue Steam. We would be happy to partner with you to make sure every inch of your exhaust system is cleaned on a regular basis so you won’t have to worry about being up to code or, God forbid, having a flash fire.

Let us check the build up for you

Commercial kitchen codes suggest having your exhaust system cleaned at least quarterly. This is based on the thickness of build up. Want to find out how much build up you have in your commercial kitchen? Let us check for you. If you have at least 2000 microns of deposits in your exhaust system, you could be at risk of developing a flash fire.

Hand scraping and steam cleaning

Service frequencies vary, but we recommend signing up for monthly hand scraping services and supplementing with steam cleaning services 2-4 times per year. Hand scraping is a simple, effective, and affordable way to remove grease deposits from every accessible area. Steam cleaning requires more set-up and uses hot, high-pressurized water to thoroughly remove all grease from your exhaust system. Sign up now by calling 800-700-FLUE. We’ll be happy to book your commercial kitchen’s cleaning appointments at dates and times that make sense according to your busy schedule.

Flue Steam has been Southern California’s favorite commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaning company for over 47 years. Our technicians strive to reach every single inch of your exhaust system so ensure it’s as clean as possible after every service. You can trust them to arrive on time and perform their work efficiently so you can get back to your normal day-to-day activities ASAP. Call us today at 800-700-FLUE to get started!

Commercial Kitchen Exhaust System Cleaning Services in Anaheim, CA

August 13, 2018

Commercial Kitchen Exhaust System Cleaning Services in Anaheim, CA

Anaheim is a great city to live in and visit. Plenty of attractions, including Disneyland, bring visitors from all over the world to Anaheim, CA. That means that if you have a commercial kitchen that’s part of a restaurant or hotel, you’ll probably do very well for yourself. There are so many unique cultures represented in Anaheim, and whether your kitchen serves up standard burgers and fries, pad thai, samosas and saag paneer, or any other cuisine, we hope your restaurant thrives in Anaheim.

Anyone who has ever managed a commercial kitchen knows that there’s always so much to do. From managing the staff, tweaking the menu, and so much more, your mind is always buzzing with tasks to prioritize and reprioritize throughout the day. But there’s one thing you can do to make your day-to-day life easier as a kitchen manager: partner with Flue Steam. When you establish a partnership with Flue Steam, you’ll be able to know that your exhaust system is cleaned on a regular basis and always up to code.

Hand scraping services in Anaheim, CA

We offer both hand scraping and steam cleaning services for commercial kitchens in Anaheim, CA. Hand scraping is a simple, effective way of getting built-up grease off all accessible areas of your commercial kitchen exhaust system. It’s important to have this grease removed thoroughly on a regular basis to prevent flash fires from occurring in your commercial kitchen. Partnering with Flue Steam will drastically reduce your risk of flash fires and always ensure your kitchen is up to code. We’ll even provide a “Certificate of Performance” sticker after every cleaning. We recommend signing up for monthly hand scraping services for your commercial kitchen exhaust system. Schedule today by calling Flue Steam at 800-700-FLUE.

Steam cleaning services in Anaheim, CA

Supplement hand scraping with steam cleaning services. It involves the use of hot, pressurized water to reach every nook and cranny of your exhaust system. Steam cleaning requires more of an investment, but it also results in a truly thorough cleaning. Many businesses in Anaheim, CA, supplement hand scraping with steam cleaning services 2-4 times per year. We also provide “Certificate of Performance” stickers after each steaming cleaning service, which serves as proof that you’ve fulfilled your NFPA code obligations and may even help you save money on insurance bills.

Bonus services

The safety and efficiency of your commercial kitchen is really important to us. That’s why we also provide various bonus services for commercial kitchens in Anaheim, CA. At every regularly scheduled cleaning, we’ll conduct an exhaust fan inspection, plus check the belts and other parts of your exhaust system. Our technician will also grease your fan bearings. If one of your belts happens to be worn out and you hand a replacement readily on hand, we’ll install that for you at no additional charge. These bonus services ensure your exhaust system stays clean and efficient for as long as possible.

We serve all parts of Anaheim, CA. Call us today at 800-700-FLUE to start your partnership with Flue Steam.