Ductwork cleaning giving you nightmares?
The need for duct cleaning depends on the level of usage and types of food being prepared. This determines the likelihood of the system igniting and the potential effect on building occupants.
It is, therefore, imperative that a minimum annual Pre-Planned Maintenance program, cleaning, and service regime be in place. There is a legal requirement for building managers to ensure conformity with legislation. Under normal conditions grease and other flammable materials can build up in the cooker hood and your extraction duct system. This is the most common cause of fire in commercial kitchens.
Pathway’s Ductwork Cleaning service provides a routine inspection and regular maintenance programme that will ensure you comply with insurance conditions, avoid costly business interruptions, create improved hygiene and eliminate the risk of prosecution arising from poor maintenance and non-compliance with fire safety regulations.
As a member of the B&ES, we are regularly audited, ensuring our systems are in line with all recommended standards. On completion of the work, we provide a detailed post clean report together with a certificate confirming the work has been undertaken. This will be accompanied by a detailed photographic portfolio.
We always undertake the cleaning at times convenient to you and your business. All we ask is that hot water is readily available on the site!!
T o be compliant with TR/19, ventilation supply and extract ductwork must be classified at one of three levels, according to the area of the building that it serves. Each system must be classified as high, medium or low, in order to reflect the purpose and function of that area of the property. This means that there can be different classifications for individual zones within the same building or complex.
You may need expert help and guide you to determine which category or categories your ventilation systems fall into and how often the ductwork should be tested and cleaned as a result, according to the tables set out in TR/19. We can advise on system access design and installation and we also specialise in devising tailored hygiene maintenance schedules to ensure that you achieve compliance with TR/19 and stay compliant in the most cost effective way in each property for which you are the appointed responsible person.
Dirty air ducts and ventilation systems can affect your business in a variety of costly ways, these can include; a drop in productivity, low employee morale, computer downtime, ruined interior decorations and high capital expenditure to replace prematurely deteriorated air conditioning systems.
What is even more of a concern is the very real threat to building managers of prosecution, should ducts not comply with the regulations of the Health and Safety Commission, which state that ventilation systems should be cleaned, as appropriate and subject to ‘a suitable’ system of maintenance. The level of appropriateness is defined clearly in TR/19 second edition and also BS EN 15780 and depends on the usage classification of the building in question.
It is important to note that a ventilation system, through which the air that we breathe passes, typically has an internal surface area equivalent to 10% of the space that it serves. This puts into context the importance that should be placed on appropriately managing the hygiene within any ventilation system.
To ensure compliance with the Regulations and associated Approved Code of Practice from the Health and Safety Commission which states that all mechanical ventilation systems should be regularly and properly cleaned, tested and maintained to ensure that they are kept clean and free from anything which may contaminate the air.
Ductwork Cleaning F.A.Q
What is Kitchen Extract Cleaning?
Kitchen extract cleaning involves a thorough clean of the grease extract system which includes canopy cleaning, duct cleaning and fan cleaning throughout the building.
Why does the Grease Extract System get so dirty?
The grease extract system (which consists of canopies, fans and ducts) becomes encrusted with flammable materials such as grease and fat during cooking. Without thorough cleaning, it can develop into a fire risk as the amount of material deposited builds up over time.
How often is Extract Cleaning required?
With a heavy use kitchen (a kitchen on the go for between 12 – 16 hours a day) extract cleaning is recommended once every three months. With a medium use kitchen, (in use between 6 – 12 hours a day) cleaning work should be carried out once every six months. We recommend annual kitchen extract cleaning for light use kitchens (ones that are used between 2 – 6 hours a day).
Why is it required?
Kitchen extract cleaning is vital to meet Fire Risk Assessment laws, insurance needs and to comply with health and safety regulations. It is necessary to prevent fires and to maintain a healthy and clean working environment with good air quality.
What are the consequences of not keeping the Kitchen Extract System cleaned?
A dirty extract system is a fire risk and can lead to personal injury in the workplace. If you are unlucky enough to have a fire, an insurance company can refuse to pay out if your kitchen extract system has not been regularly cleaned. This can cause major financial loss to a business. A kitchen with poor hygiene standards also breaches health and safety laws which have significant consequences for a business. This can bring about fines, lawsuits and in the worst case scenario, business closure.
How long does it take to clean a Kitchen Extract System?
This depends on how dirty it is, but a kitchen extract system deep clean usually takes four hours.
When does Pathway Cleaning carry out kitchen extract system cleans?
We work at a time to suit the customer. As our kitchen extract system cleans are designed to keep disruption to a minimum. Much of our work is carried out at night or when the kitchen is not in use.
How quickly can Pathway Cleaning get in to clean after they receive the client’s instruction?
In most cases, work starts within a fortnight of receiving an instruction. Sometimes the time-scale is much quicker if the work is required urgently.
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