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The holiday season is here. Is your commercial kitchen’s exhaust system clean enough?

November 16, 2018

The holiday season is here. Is your commercial kitchen’s exhaust system clean enough?

The holiday season has officially arrived. If you operate a commercial kitchen in a restaurant, hotel, school, hospital, or other entity, you may be feeling the rush of even more activity. Because while plenty of people prepare special meals at home, they still enjoy the convenience and fun of eating out at restaurants. Who wants to cook for a crowd more than a couple of times? Just about no one – so eating out comes to the rescue. Many restaurants receive a serious boost of activity during the holiday season. But there’s one thing that’s really important that you may not have thought of as you buckle down to meet the holiday rush season…. Is your commercial kitchen’s exhaust system clean enough?

Code requirements prevent flash fires

The law requires that your commercial kitchen’s exhaust system be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent the build-up of grease deposits that could cause flash fires. Flash fires would mean a major interruption to your business, costly damage to your kitchen equipment, and perhaps even injury to your staff. Code regulations require that you make sure your commercial kitchen’s exhaust system stay free of major grease deposits, but it can be hard to make that a top priority amidst the holiday season’s hustle and bustle. If you’re having trouble keeping up, we highly recommend partnering with Flue Steam. We will be happy to schedule regular hand-scraping and steam cleaning services for your commercial kitchen located anywhere in Southern California.

Hand scraping and steam cleaning

We recommend that businesses sign up for hand scraping services once a month, and schedule steam cleaning services 2-4 times per year to supplement that. Hand scraping involves simply and effectively scraping grease deposits off the range hood, ducts, drip cups, and other areas of your kitchen’s exhaust system. Steam cleaning utilizes special equipment and hot, pressurized water to thoroughly scrub every inch of your exhaust system. While it delivers better overall clean, it is also more of an investment. Pairing both hand scraping and steam cleaning services is an excellent way to make sure your commercial kitchen stays protected from flash fires and works efficiently to draw grease from the air every day.

Bonus services

The safety and efficiency of your commercial kitchen are really important to us. As a result, we offer various bonus services that are included every time you have a regularly schedule hand scraping or steam cleaning service. These include:

  • Exhaust fan inspection
  • Grease fan bearings
  • If your belts are worn out and you have a replacement at hand, we’ll install the new belt at no charge

We offer these services to make sure your exhaust system stays cleaner for as long as possible. We also offer grease filter exchange services and 24/7 emergency repair services. Get started today – contact us at 800-700-FLUE!

Give gratitude for a thoroughly clean commercial kitchen exhaust system

November 9, 2018

Give gratitude for a thoroughly clean commercial kitchen exhaust systemAren’t you tired of having to deal with keeping your commercial kitchen’s exhaust system clean? It can be so annoying – dealing with all the access panels, scrubbing, and always wondering whether you’re getting all the right spaces clean enough. Thankfully, you don’t have to keep struggling with this anymore. Rest assured that you’ll always be up to code with a clean, efficient, totally safe commercial kitchen when you partner with Flue Steam.

Our Services

At Flue Steam, we offer impeccable cleaning services for commercial kitchen exhaust systems across Southern California. We have been partnering with kitchen managers in restaurants, hotels, and other establishments for over 48 years, and we would be happy to meet your needs on a regular basis. You’ll never have to wonder whether your exhaust system is clean enough to be safe and up to code when you rely on Flue Steam. Our technicians thoroughly clean every part of your exhaust system including the range hood, ducts, and other areas. We offer hand scraping and steam cleaning service for your convenience.

Hand scraping services from Flue Steam

It’s as simple as it sounds – we utilize your access panels (if you don’t have enough of them, we can install them for you according to all code requirements) to reach every accessible inch of your exhaust system to remove grease deposits and keep your exhaust system humming along

efficiently and safely. We’ll start with your range hood, and then move to the exhaust ducts, drip cups, and exhaust fans. We recommend signing up for hand scraping services on a monthly basis.

Steam cleaning services from Flue Steam

Steam cleaning of your exhaust system involves the use of hot, pressurized water to deliver the most thorough cleaning possible. It is more expensive cleaning because of the expertise and time involved, so we recommend supplementing steam cleaning services 2-4 times per year.

Certificate of Performance

After every hand scraping and steam cleaning service, we will provide you with a “Certificate of Performance” sticker. Our stickers assure code inspectors that you have fulfilled your CFPA code obligations and may even help you save money on your insurance bills – win-win!

Bonus services

We want your commercial kitchen to be safe and run as efficiently as possible. So at every regularly scheduled cleaning, we’ll also inspect your exhaust fan, check the belts and other parts, and grease your fan bearings. If your belts are worn out and you have a replacement on hand, we’ll install them for you at no charge. We do this to make sure your exhaust system is able to draw properly and stay clean for as long as possible.

Contact us today

We look forward to hearing from you! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about our services, give you an estimate, and schedule your first exhaust system cleaning today. Just give us a call at 800-700-FLUE. You’ll be giving gratitude all year long for a safe, clean exhaust system when you partner with Flue Steam this Thanksgiving season.

Got Ghostly Grease in your Exhaust System?

October 20, 2018

Got Ghostly Grease in your Exhaust System?

So many commercial kitchens throughout Southern California are unknowingly harboring the ghastliest thing imaginable… grease! If your commercial kitchen’s exhaust system isn’t thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis, then it’s at a risk of a flash fire (plus it’s in violation of code, and you could be fined). To prevent ghostly grease from taking refuge in your commercial kitchen’s exhaust system, establish a partnership with Flue Steam. We’ll gladly send one of our experienced, highly knowledgeable technicians to your commercial kitchen to expel all ghostly grease from all areas of your exhaust system. But you may be wondering, how does it work?

Hand scraping and steam cleaning

These are the industry standards for commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaning. Hand scraping is just what it sounds like – simple, effective, and affordable hand scraping of all accessible areas of your exhaust system including the fans, hoods, ducts, and hood. Steam cleaning involves more setup and expertise, and it utilizes hot, high-pressure water to expunge stubborn grease from every inch of your exhaust system. It costs more, but it’s even better than hand scraping. We recommend that most businesses sign up for monthly hand scraping services and supplement this with steam cleaning 2-4 times per year. That way, you’ll get all the benefits of both systems of cleaning.

We’ll be happy to set up your hand scraping and steam cleaning services at dates and times that make the most sense for your and your staff’s busy schedules. Just give us a call at 800-700-FLUE to schedule your first cleaning today.

Grease filter exchange services

Our mission is to make sure your commercial kitchen exhaust system gets and stays as clean as possible for as long as possible. One important aspect of this is making sure your grease filter is changed on a regular basis, so we offer convenient grease filter exchange services. When a grease filter is clean, it can trap up to 70-80% of the grease that passes through it. But if it becomes saturated with grease, it won’t be able to do its job, so your system won’t run efficiently and there will be a dangerous accumulation of grease right next to your cooking appliances. Talk about a flash fire risk! Prevent this by signing up for grease filter exchange services from Flue Steam. At preset intervals, we’ll deliver fresh, clean filters right to your business. We recommend scheduling this service every 2 weeks. We also sell new grease filters of various sizes from top brands like Flame Guard and Kason for your convenience. Schedule grease filter exchange services now by calling 800-700-FLUE.

We also offer exhaust fan maintenance, automatic fire suppression system service, and portable fire extinguisher sales and service for commercial kitchens throughout Southern California. Establish your partnership with Flue Steam today by simply calling 800-700-FLUE. We look forward to serving you!

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 48 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.