With the price of gas rising to some all time highs, more and more restaurants are looking to cut back on spending. Understandably. We try to run a very tight ship here at HotShot Hood & Duct Services also. Not only are gas prices rising, but all the tools and chemicals that kitchen exhaust cleaners use are going through the roof as well.
What is strange is I am seeing more and more bids from other companies that are lower than they have ever been. It's a little scary really. As a business owner, I know that it is not feasible to a "good" job, much less get the duct and fan to bare metal as NFPA requires without charging accordingly.
If you are paying $80 to have your kitchen exhaust system cleaned, I would be VERY aware of what is really being cleaned. Pull a filter out of the hood and shine a flashlight up the duct. Do you see bare naked metal? If not, you are at risk of a fire spreading through your ductwork and destroying your restaurant. Next time you are on the roof, turn the fan off and shine a flashlight down the duct. How does it look?
If you are not comfortable with this, call to get a second opinion from a professional. If you are in Southern California call HotShot Hood and Duct Services (866) 491-6786 we'll take a look at it for you and give digital pictures to show what your system looks like. It won't cost you anything just to have us look...for now.