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Who Restores Kitchen Chimneys in my Restaurant?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Why do Kitchen Fires Occur?

In a busy Colorado Springs Restaurant, the flue and ventilation ducts are in use for at least ten hours a day. Without careful maintenance, grease, fuel, and animal fats can build up inside ventilation ducts. There can be mechanical damage inside your ventilation system, which leads to grease buildup, with large amounts of grime buildup the likelihood of a kitchen fire increasing. While losses from kitchen fires are containable, there is a period of the temporary closure. At the same time, you remove soots, smokes, odors, and debris from both the ventilation system and the kitchen itself. SERVPRO can send a commercial response unit to your business to perform the vital task of cleanup so you can re-open sooner rather than later. 

What are the types of damage typical in a restaurant fire?

When using a commercial fire restoration service in Colorado Springs, the first step of technicians is to identify the various areas, and types, of damage. It may be necessary to disassemble parts or all of your kitchen appliances. When a ventilation system is running during a fire, it draws hot smoke and ash into the vents causing interior soiling. It is also very likely that the exterior walls become soiled without greasy smoke deposits at exhaust points. Our crew chiefs can disassemble your ventilation system to inspect the interior housing and perform essential restoration techniques. Using air whips, we can dislodge any interior wall soiling before applying negative air pressure along the vent to draw out the loose soots.

How do I prevent restaurant fires?

- Train staff to recognize potential fire safety breaches in the kitchen

- Perform regular inspection and maintenance of your ventilation systems

- Ensure that the kitchen is deep cleaned weekly to prevent grease buildup

- Check the exhaust end of your ventilation for blockages

How do I remove grease fire soiling from appliances?

Most appliances have a resilient material construction of stainless steel or aluminum. These can make the restoration process relatively efficient since soots are unlikely to bond with the surface. SERVPRO begin using dry cleaning methods to remove any surface-level dry soots. Once the removal of these soots is complete, we can apply water-based cleaning solutions directly onto the surface to further loosen and remove soils. Some appliances use synthetic finishes that can bubble and melt under the extreme temperature of a fire. Our technicians use oil-based solvents to remove the finish from the service before refinishing the appliance. 

Is burnt drywall ruined?

While kitchens generally use mortar or tiles to protect walls from smoke damage, this is not the case in all restaurants. It is common to find drywall in use on the upper walls or ceilings of a kitchen, which can absorb significant amounts of smoke due to their porous nature. The absorption of smoke can be an issue both visually and for causing the odor. SERVPRO technicians can strip the wall of ashes or soiling. Our team can use an odor sealing primer to provide a smooth base-coating ready for repainting if the damage only affects a surface level. Odor sealing paints can keep fire odors under control until they disperse naturally. In most situations, drywall does not need replacement following minor to moderate fire damage

Should I use water to remove soots?

Water can sometimes spread further damage around when applied to oil-based soot deposits. It is crucial to pre-test soots and smokes before introducing moisture to the affected area. We use visual inspections, spot tests, and acidity testing to ascertain precisely which solvents or cleaners to use in restoration. Pre-testing is vital when performing any restoration work because materials and soot composites can vary significantly from fire to fire. Applying the wrong cleaning solution can result in damage to the material or have the opposite effect intended by bonding soots to surfaces or spreading them around. SERVPRO tailor our restoration work depending on the building materials in your business.

How do you pre-test fire soots?

- Visually inspect the area for different types of soots and soiling 

- Assess the types of material that burnt, categorizing as synthetic or natural

- Use pH paper on soot deposits to decide on acid, neutral or alkaline cleaning products

- Perform initial cleaning on a discrete area of the material first to assess outcomes before full application of cleaning products. 

If your restaurant suffers a kitchen fire, there is a strong chance that you can control losses by bringing in professional restorers. Contact SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs at (719) 574-2789.

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