Do Not Neglect Your Exhaust Hood Ductwork
A properly function exhaust hood system is imperative to a high operating commercial kitchen space. The components that make up an exhaust hood system require maintenance and cleaning, but if you keep up with these items you can expect a long life span for the exhaust hood, fan, supply fan, and other parts of the system. Regular cleaning and twice a year extensive cleanings help prolong the life of exhaust hood systems by keeping the components clean and free from contaminants that can damage the components, cause them to work overtime, and other situations that could cause damage to the equipment. Unfortunately one part of the exhaust hood system that often gets neglected, since it is not a piece of heavy equipment, is the ductwork - but leaving the ductwork uncleaned and not maintained can be devastating.
The ductwork of your exhaust hood system may not seem as important as the hoods or a fan, however the ductwork is the tunnel that exhausted and replaced air travels through. If the ductwork is damaged or is not cleaned regularly it could lead to severe problems with your exhaust hood system. If damage or build up becomes bad enough it can restrict the airway, and that can cause damage to all aspects of the exhaust hood system. If air is restricted the fans have to work harder to pull out air, causing excessive wear and tear on the components and could eventually lead to expensive repairs and catastrophic failures. An even more serious concern with buildup in unclean ductwork is grease buildup. An exhaust hood system is crucial to extracting grease and other contaminants from the interior air of your commercial kitchen space, and this grease then travels through the ductwork to get exhausted to the exterior of the building. The more grease that is exhausted, the more build up that occurs in the ductwork. The excessive amount of grease build up can pose a very serious fire risk, putting your kitchen and staff at risk if there is any sort of ignition near the ductwork.
These risks to the ductwork can be greatly reduced through regular cleanings throughout the year, and once or twice a year having the ductwork cleaned by a professional hood cleaning company. The professional cleaning company will be able to fully clean out any and all grease from the ductwork and other components of your exhaust hood system. A fresh, clean exhaust hood system is not only safe but will provide your staff with clean, healthy air to breathe throughout their shifts. HoodMart provides our customers with a wide range of exhaust hood systems - from Compensating (Short Cycle) to Perforated Supply Plenum PSP - as well as all exhaust hood accessories such as no weld Grease Duct, hood filters, canopy hood lights, and curbs. Our walk-in selection offers coolers and freezers from quick ship to custom. If you have questions regarding the purchase of your hood system or walk-in, please feel free to contact one of our experts today by calling us at 1.855.411.6386 or by contacting us through our live chat system.