“The Fire Marshal paid us a surprise visit and said we had to get our hood cleaned by a professional within the next week or he would shut our restaurant down. We called Raleigh Hood Cleaning Pros and they were able to schedule us right away. We now have them come out every three months and love the work they do.”
“Thank you Raleigh Hood Cleaning Pros! Their technicians showed up on time, got right to work and did an amazing job.”
“A friend of our recommended Raleigh Hood Cleaning Pros when we told them how unhappy we were with our current hood cleaning company. We were shocked they answered the phone (we always had to leave a message) and they were happy to come out and give us an estimate and got us scheduled right away.”
“They are a very professional company that does a great job. We have recommended them to many of our restaurant friends.”
The professionals at Raleigh Hood Cleaning Pros have been cleaning commercial kitchen exhaust systems in Raleigh, North Carolina and surrounding areas for years. We don’t just clean the hoods in restaurants, we have done hood cleaning in cafeterias, hospitals, senior living facilities, churches, special event centers, well just about anywhere there is a commercial exhaust system.
There is an organization called the National Fire Protection Association that have created guidelines and codes for hood cleaning. Local governments adopt these standards and codes and look to the professional hood cleaning companies to train their technicians to their guidelines. They put these codes in place to prevent injury, fire, electrical and other related hazards. These guidelines and codes are in place to prevent property damage, injury or even possible death that can happen when someone is not trained properly.
The National Fire Protections Association Code 96 has determined how often a commercial exhaust system should be cleaned. These guidelines help prevent the buildup of contaminates and grease in the hood as well as on the rooftop of the building where many exhaust systems ventilate. When a hood is not cleaned properly, the possibility of a spark setting off a fire is very real.
Our goal when doing a hood cleaning is to not only clean the ducts, we will clean the filters, fans and turbine as well as any other place we detect grease buildup. Once we have removed the grease, we will polish the hood giving it a “like new” appearance. Then we put a sticker on the hood indicating the date we cleaned the hood and when the next recommended date to have it cleaned should be. We will even schedule it before we leave if you prefer.
More and more, we are getting calls from panicked restaurant owners who need their hood cleaned professionally right away. That is because either the fire department or the health inspector has dropped in for a surprise visit and has determined there is too much grease and the restaurant is told to have it cleaned immediately or face being shut down until it is cleaned.
The following are the guidelines on how often a professional hood cleaning should be done on a commercial kitchen exhaust system:
At Raleigh Hood Cleaning Pros, we work with our clients to keep them on a consistent schedule. This is important because surprise visits from the fire department or health inspector could result in the restaurant being closed until it is cleaned. In some cases, having the hood cleaned on a regular basis can result in lower insurance.
When you call Raleigh Hood Cleaning Pros your call will be answered by a real person. We understand you have a lot on your plate and don’t want to have to wait for a return phone call. While we may not be able to give you an accurate quote over the phone, we can schedule on of our technicians to come out and give you an accurate quote. The cost may depend on when your hood was cleaned last, how large the hood is and if there is any grease buildup on the turbine and on the roof.
We have worked with many commercial kitchens that were using a different hood cleaning company and they were not doing a thorough job. Many times, we go up on the roof and find so much grease that has spilled out of the turbine we have to use shovels to remove the grease. The other thing we have run into is the improper cleaning of the filters. When we go to remove the degreaser that we applied there are grease “worms” which are chunks of grease stuck in the filters.
Rooftop grease accumulation can be very dangerous as a slight spark could set the grease on fire. It is also heavy and can damage the rooftop to the point it needs to be replaced. Another thing that can happen is when the weather changes and rain comes down the grease can become part of the run-off and go down the side of the building into a storm drain. That could result in huge fines and clean-up fees not to mention how ugly the side of your building would look like.
It is not recommended to rely on your employees to do the hood cleaning. For one, they have not been professionally trained and could miss important areas where grease can build up. They may also not know how to properly dispose of the grease. For more information, look at our Contact Us page.
Our technicians are trained to take before and after digital pictures every time they do a hood cleaning. They will also apply one of our special stickers to the hood indicating the date the hood was cleaned. This is important as it provides evidence you had the hood professionally cleaned.