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The Advantages of Hiring a Certified Kitchen Exhaust Cleaner

September 23, 2021
The Advantages of Hiring a Certified Kitchen Exhaust Cleaner

If you’re the manager of a commercial kitchen, you may not realize how critical it is to keep your kitchen exhaust system clean. Because you have so many essential things on your mind at all times, your kitchen exhaust system may go unnoticed. However, your kitchen exhaust system is one of the most important components in keeping your commercial kitchen running smoothly and safely.

Why should you make cleaning your commercial kitchen exhaust system a priority?

However, keeping your kitchen exhaust system clean is critical since a clogged system can pose a fire danger. A kitchen exhaust system’s function is to remove hot air, smells, and vaporized oil that are naturally discharged into the air during the cooking process.

A dirty kitchen exhaust system will not only fail to function properly, but it will also significantly raise the risk of flash fires in your exhaust ducts.

If a fire occurs, the fire department will be summoned, resulting in public shame and a significant disruption to the restaurant’s business day.

Cleaning the commercial kitchen exhaust system yourself?

However, you might be wondering, “Can’t I just take care of my kitchen exhaust cleaning?” Is it truly necessary for me to hire a qualified kitchen exhaust cleaner? Yes, to put it succinctly. Only qualified kitchen exhaust cleaners are equipped with the necessary training and equipment to keep your kitchen exhaust system up to code and fire-free.

Flue Steam is a member of the IKECA (International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association) and is committed to providing high-quality kitchen exhaust cleaning services to commercial kitchens across Southern California.

Kitchen exhaust system cleaners who are certified

For commercial kitchen exhaust cleaning, our cleaners strictly adhere to the NFPA’s (National Fire Protection Association) 96+ rules and requirements. Anywhere in Southern California, we can perform regular hand scraping and steam cleaning services for your industrial kitchen exhaust system.

We’ll schedule a regular visit at a time that’s convenient for you, and you’ll never have to worry about the cleanliness of your kitchen exhaust system again. Flue Steam will take care of everything so you can concentrate on other things!

Find out more about our services right now.

To talk with one of our fire prevention and air control specialists about your commercial kitchen’s needs, call 800-700-FLUE. For almost 50 years, we’ve been serving commercial kitchens in Southern California—isn’t it time you joined our long list of happy customers?

When you join with Flue Steam today, you can cross one item off your to-do list for good: commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaning. You’ll never manage it without it again if you don’t have Flue Steam!

We Are Here to Make Your Commercial Kitchen Safer – Learn How We Can Help

September 9, 2021
We Are Here to Make Your Commercial Kitchen Safer – Learn How We Can Help

One of your most essential responsibilities as a commercial kitchen manager is to ensure that your kitchen is set up for safe cooking at all times. You don’t want to endanger your kitchen employees or clients by disregarding important safety rules. Furthermore, if a dangerous scenario occurs that damages your kitchen, you will be forced to close for repairs, which will cost your business money. Don’t take a chance!

Establish your cooperation with Flue Steam now to ensure safe cooking in your commercial kitchen in 2017.

Many managers of commercial kitchens in Southern California have successfully partnered with Flue Steam. We’ve been offering superior commercial kitchen air control and fire prevention services in this region for over 50 years, so we’re certain that we have the personnel and knowledge to keep your workers cooking safe. Call us at 800-700-FLUE to get started.

Safety, air quality, and energy efficiency are all factors to consider

Our services will significantly improve the safety of your commercial kitchen. Commercial kitchens may be dangerous places to work if they aren’t properly maintained, but you can rest easy when you collaborate with Flue Steam. Our services also enhance air quality, ensuring that your restaurant or hotel’s workers and guests can always breathe comfortably.

Your commercial kitchen will be more energy efficient as a result of forming a relationship with Flue Steam. A kitchen that is clean and grease-free is more efficient, which lowers utility bills and conserves natural resources.

Our products and services

We provide a variety of services for commercial kitchens in Southern California, including:

  • Cleaning of the entire kitchen exhaust system (meticulous hand scraping and steam cleaning of fans, hoods, and ducts)
  • Service for changing grease filters
  • Upkeep of the swamp cooler
  • Service for automatic fire suppression systems
  • Sales and service of portable fire extinguishers

When you start working with Flue Steam, you’ll immediately realize how much easier it is to keep your hectic schedule when you don’t have to worry about any of these important duties. We give “Certificate of Performance” badges after every kitchen exhaust system cleaning appointment as confirmation that you have met your code responsibilities. Not only will code inspectors be pleased to hear them, but your insurance premiums may be reduced as well!

Let’s talk

We invite you to contact us now to discuss your commercial kitchen’s requirements and how we can assist you in making your day-to-day operations more efficient. Please contact us at 800-700-FLUE. Every day, we hope to make your commercial kitchen a safer place to cook. When you rely on Flue Steam for all of your commercial kitchen air management and fire prevention needs, you can cook up a storm while staying safe. We’re here to help!

Get the Facts About How Often Flue Cleaning Should Be Completed in Southern California

August 24, 2021
Get the Facts About How Often Flue Cleaning Should Be Completed in Southern California

Did you realize that cleaning your commercial kitchen’s flue on a regular basis is extremely essential? In general, a filthy flue and exhaust system may be unsanitary, inefficient, and potentially hazardous. This is because accumulated grease may quickly create a flash fire.

A single strike of a match or a single towel catching fire during the cooking process can cause a devastating flash fire, resulting in a call to the fire department, a major disruption in your operation, and the need to repair your expensive commercial kitchen appliances. Sign up for Flue Steam‘s commercial kitchen exhaust system cleaning services to avoid all of that. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and effort!

How often do you do it?

You might be asking how frequently the flue in your business kitchen should be cleaned to avoid a harmful situation. We recommend signing up for hand scraping services on a monthly basis for most commercial kitchens, and complementing with steam cleaning services 2-4 times a year.

Hand scraping entails scraping all grease deposits in accessible places using a simple, efficient hand scraper. While this approach is effective, steam cleaning, which uses hot, pressured water to reach every crevice of your commercial kitchen exhaust system, is more comprehensive. Steam cleaning necessitates more work at first and is more expensive, but it produces superior results.

Hand scraping services are preferred by most commercial kitchen managers on a weekly or monthly basis, with steam cleaning services augmenting it 2-4 times per year.

How will the flue in my kitchen be accessed?

This is a common inquiry we get from customers who are interested in flue cleaning services. Our flue cleaning specialists will get access to your flue through access panels. The exhaust hood is the most visible, followed by the duct access panels, which will be removed for cleaning and then reinstalled using a special fire-rated caulking compound.

The exhaust fan will be cleaned after that. It features a hinged base and additional electrical wire if it was installed according to fire code standards. For cleaning, our specialists will simply turn it on its side.

Are you concerned about the security of your access panels?

If your flue doesn’t have enough access panels or they’re not in the right position, we’ll gladly install them for you in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations, and materials, as specified by NFPA 96 and the California Mechanical Code.

Obligations under the Code

When you work with Flue Steam, you won’t have to worry about satisfying your exhaust system’s code requirements anymore. We’ll put a “Certificate of Performance” label on your system after each cleaning that shows the date of service, the frequency of service, and whether your system has any inaccessible places. We urge that you preserve this sticker as proof that you’ve followed the code’s requirements.

If you need help with flue cleaning, kitchen fire prevention, and other commercial kitchen needs, contact Flue Steam at 800-700-FLUE for help.

You Do Not Have to Accept a High Fire Risk in Your Commercial Kitchen – Learn How the Risk Can Be Reduced

August 11, 2021
You Do Not Have to Accept a High Fire Risk in Your Commercial Kitchen – Learn How the Risk Can Be Reduced

We at Flue Steam shake our heads every time a news item mentions a commercial kitchen fire. Many individuals are unaware that commercial kitchen fires are entirely avoidable. They shouldn’t be occurring now, in the twenty-first century, when we should all know how to prevent kitchen fires.

The restaurant kitchen “El Chévere” in Passaic, New Jersey, caught fire and according to reports, it took 20 engine companies to put out the fire, and six firemen were hurt in the process. This fire forced the closure of 11 enterprises, three of which were completely destroyed.

It’s sad that so much damage occurred, but it emphasizes the need of appropriate commercial kitchen upkeep. Preventing fires like this is critical, but only if commercial kitchen managers take the necessary measures. It may be difficult to fit this into already overburdened schedules, but it should be made a high priority.

Partnering with Flue Steam is one method to ensure that your commercial kitchen is protected from flash fires. We work with commercial kitchens all across Southern California, and we’d love to collaborate with you. We provide a variety of services to keep commercial kitchens safe, clean, and efficient on a daily basis, including:

  • Cleaning the kitchen exhaust system (hand scraping and steam cleaning services available)
  • Service for changing grease filters
  • Automatic fire suppression systems are available for hire.
  • Sales and service of portable fire extinguishers

Learn more about our services below, and call 800-700-FLUE to join up now. We are always pleased to schedule your services at a time and date that is most convenient for you.

Cleaning services for kitchen exhaust systems

Hand scraping is a simple, effective, and cost-effective method of removing grease that has accumulated on your exhaust system over time. Our specialists make every effort to reach every available location so that your exhaust system continues to function properly and safely. Our experts begin by inspecting the hood before moving on to the exhaust ducts, drip cups, and exhaust fans. Hand scraping procedures should be scheduled on a monthly basis. Call 800-700-FLUE to schedule your first hand scraping service.

Because steam cleaning uses hot, high-pressured water to efficiently remove grease from every inch of your industrial kitchen exhaust system, it is more expensive, but it also provides a more complete cleaning. 2-4 times a year, many commercial kitchen managers choose to supplement hand scraping services with steam cleaning services.

We give “Certificate of Performance” badges after each hand scraping and steam cleaning operation, which satisfy code inspectors and may potentially save you money on your insurance payments. Enjoy all of the advantages of using Flue Steam to clean your exhaust system — you’ll be pleased you did.

Commercial safety is important

When it comes to protecting your commercial kitchen against flash fires, you don’t want to take any chances, as the tragic event in Passaic, NJ demonstrates. Signing up for hand scraping and steam cleaning services from Flue Steam is the greatest way to avoid one from happening. Call 800-700-FLUE today to arrange your first service.

Now is a Great Time to Order Fire Extinguishers for Your California Restaurant

July 21, 2021
Now is a Great Time to Order Fire Extinguishers for Your California Restaurant

When was the last time you double-checked that your restaurant’s fire extinguishers are up to code? Do you have any fire extinguishers in your home? Are your extinguishers well-maintained and cared for if you already have them at your place of business? Have they been examined and authorized for usage recently? Is it because they’re ancient and can’t be utilized in an emergency?

You should already know the answers to all of these questions. It’s fine if you’re unsure, but it’s essential that you get those answers as quickly as possible. If you determine that it’s time to upgrade your fire prevention strategy, contact Flue Steam at 800-700-FLUE.

Restaurant kitchens in California are required to have fire extinguishers

Why is it important to know the answers to these questions? For starters, having operational fire extinguishers at your restaurant is a must. You might be fined or even shut down if you don’t have extinguishers installed – and the correct sorts of extinguishers at that. As a result, it’s apparent that installing fire extinguishers at your California restaurant is critical.

Apart from the legal obligation to have fire extinguishers in your restaurant, these devices are critical for the overall safety of you, your workers, your guests, and, of course, your commercial structure. Imagine being faced with a flash fire and having no means of extinguishing it. A fire extinguisher may come in useful in these instances, and its capacity to rapidly put out a fire can save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in damage and, in the end, save your business.

To find out which extinguishers you’ll need to stay up to code, contact Flue Steam

If you want to continue in business, you need to be up to code and follow all of the rules and regulations that apply to running a restaurant. It’s the same when it comes to installing fire extinguishers. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what kind of portable fire extinguishers your restaurant need or if you’re seeking for replacement extinguishers. Flue Steam offers a large inventory of extinguishers for sale, and we can definitely assist you in locating the type you need to be compliant.

For more information about portable fire extinguishers in a restaurant environment, call Flue Steam now at 800-700-FLUE. Our staff will be delighted to answer any queries you may have and show you around some of the best portable fire extinguishers available.