Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Wood-burning grill sparked Evvia fire, officials say

Those wood burners need to be cleaned VERY often. A lot more often than the owners realize. Hood Cleaning is serious business, sometimes it takes a fire for people to realize this.

via Google Alerts - kitchen grease fire by Palo Alto Online - Palo Alto,CA,USA on 9/28/09
The fire was reported at approximately 2:30 pm and no one was injured, firefighters said. Sous chef Rito Castaneda said he was in the kitchen when an ...

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Using Video To Market Your Hood Cleaning Business

You don't have to be a good actor with a good script to make a good video for your business. The hood cleaning helper shows you how to market your hood cleaning business using videos here:


Friday, September 18, 2009

Firefighters Cleaning Up After Gaylord Restaurant Fire

Restaurant fire started in the motor on the roof. Scary stuff.

via Google Alerts - restaurant fire by 9&10 News on 9/18/09
Firefighters are cleaning up after a fire broke out tonight at the Sugar Bowl Restaurant in Gaylord. Details are vague, but firefighters tell Fox 32 News ...
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Hood Wrapping

Be sure to sign up for the update list. The Hood Wrapping video part 2 is coming VERY soon! It will include some cool tricks that I have never seen or heard anybody talk about before. You don't want to miss it.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Friday, September 4, 2009

Smoke In Kitchen

I got a call today that was just a little different than most. When it comes to restaurant hood cleaning you never know what kind of call you will get. My customer said that the kitchen hood didn't have much suction. It was sucking out the smoke, but not as strongly as before. I knew that I had just cleaned this account about a month and a half ago so it wasn't that dirty (quarterly account).

There are only a few things to check when it is a problem with smoke in the kitchen. My first thought is usually a belt. Either the belt has broken or it is just loose and is slipping too badly to draw enough air. The customer told me that they had went on the roof to check that and air was blowing out of the top of the upblast fan really strong. Not the belt.

Next, I had him check the filters; they were clean. Not the filters.

Then, I had him check the make-up air. He said both vents in front of the hood were blowing like crazy. Not the make-up air.

By this time, I'm a little confused. What else is there? Well, this particular kitchen exhaust system has duct work snaking through the attic, I remembered. ACCESS PANELS! The customer went into the walk-in attic and checked the access panels. Nope, both were tight, he said. Ah-ha. "There is a third access panel hidden on the other side of the duct in one of the bends", I told him, "did you check that one?" It wasn't easy to get to and harder than heck to get pressure washing equipment back in there to clean, but he got back there and checked.

He said that it had slid down and the access hole was wide open. He finally got the access door put back on and it started working like a champ. What happened was I didn't get it tightened down completely and it took it a month and a half to slide down enough to leave the hole open and affect the ventilation of the hood system. My bad. Lesson learned.