IKECA Grease Hood Exhaust Certified Inspections & Cleaning

Most industrial and commercial buildings do not pay adequate attention to the maintenance and regular cleaning of their kitchen exhaust systems. One of the most obvious implications of this approach are that fumes, oil deposits and grease linger in the kitchen air and end up kitchen environment smell stale.

A lesser known, yet far more concerning implication is that the resultant fumes and deposits are prone to sticking to kitchen walls and surfaces, attracting dirt and dust from the atmosphere that builds up a persistent and insidious film of grease and grime all over the kitchen area. The situation is exacerbated in kitchens where fryers are employed on a regular basis (as is often the case in commercial facilities).

If the air passage in the kitchen exhaust is clogged with dirt and grease, not only is the kitchen messy, it serves a cesspool of breeding contaminants. An ineffective kitchen exhaust system such as this often results in:

  • The persistent infusion of grease particles in carpets, wooden cabinets and other porous surfaces around the area – effectively reducing the lifespan of the affected furniture and wood work
  • An environment that is extremely vulnerable to fire
  • Deterioration in the air quality inside the kitchen, which slowly spreads to neighboring spaces
  • A buildup of bacteria that can effect food quality, safety and consumer health
  • An increase in the facilities energy consumption and run-rate

The best way to ensure maximum safety is to get the kitchen exhaust system cleaned on a regular basis by an accredited professional member of the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association (IKECA). Enlisting the services of CORE, an IKECA-Certified provider can help reduce kitchen exhaust related claims, regardless of whether you own or operate a commercial, industrial or large residential facility.

IKECA standard: Table 11.3 Schedule of Inspection for Grease Buildup - Type or Volume of Cooking Frequency

  • Systems serving solid fuel cooking operations – Monthly  
  • Systems serving high-volume cooking operations, such as 24-hour cooking, charbroiling, or wok cooking – Quarterly  
  • Systems serving moderate-volume cooking operations – Semiannually  
  • Systems serving low-volume cooking operations, such as churches, day camps, seasonal businesses, or senior centers – Annually
Professional Accreditation Credential Is Highly Recommended

Although the law necessitates regular cleaning and maintenance of the kitchen exhaust system, kitchen fires are commonplace.

According to a research published by the National Fire Protection Association in February 2007, 54% of all restaurant fires originate in the kitchen. The primary cause of this high fire percentage has been linked to inappropriate maintenance and cleaning of exhaust and grease hoods.

Lacking the professional accreditation, a typical shortcut employed by such firms involves not cleaning the rooftop fan or the duct work. These unscrupulous vendors get away with this quite simply because the kitchen interior appears perfectly clean after their incomplete cleaning, but the interior of the duct is still filled with (often large amounts) of residual grease and fat particles.

The end result? A clean looking kitchen is still seriously prone to fire.

We cannot emphasize enough how essential it is to enlist the services of professionals accredited by the National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) and/or International Kitchen Exhaust (IKECA).

CORE is proud to be a member in good standing of these respective organizations and offers the services of trained and qualified professionals to ensure that the kitchen exhaust system is cleaned to the highest standards in the industry. Additionally, CORE has an unparalleled track record and vast experience in this arena, which will ensure that you get the best services the market, has to offer.

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Core Mechanical, Inc.
7150 N. Park Drive
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Pennsauken, NJ 08109

Phone: 856.665.0636
Fax: 856.488.2241

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To deal with the problems arising from slowly deteriorating IAQ, commercial and industrial facilities need to ensure that the AC ducts are cleaned and serviced regularly and that their equipment has been optimized in accordance with ASHRAE standards.

The reality is that with so much at stake, it does not pay to work with unlicensed contractors who often lack the education, hands-on training and cutting edge technologies granted by state licensing.

As a certified member in good standing of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA), Core is an industry leading HVAC service provider and offers varied services to improve ventilation and system optimization. In addition, Core offers repair, maintenance and often total system replacements to industrial and commercial facilities.

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