You Spin Me Right Round, Baby: Everything You Want to Know About Duct Spinners

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Duct spinners are designed to clean ducts, trash chutes, vents, restaurant kitchen hoods, and tanks and make the perfect accessory for a hot or cold pressure washer. The best part is, duct spinners are made of corrosion-resistant materials and stainless steel self-lubricated bearings for long-lasting use.

How Duct Spinners Work

Duct spinners, which come available with either fixed or swivel arms, are self-rotating devices that attach to high pressure hoses or power washers to blast away dirt and grease. The rotating heads and 360-degree spray that duct spinners offer makes it easy to clean every nook and cranny of your kitchen hood. Sized to clean ducts, vents, and other parts of your commercial kitchen exhaust system, duct spinners come highly recommended by industry professionals. They are also perfect for cleaning pipes, shafts, drains, barrels, and other containers!

Some commercial exhaust professionals say you can get the same cleaning power with a cleaning wand, and while there is nothing wrong with cleaning wands—they are great for a variety of cleaning projects—a duct spinner takes cleaning vents and hard-to-reach places to a whole new level since they are specifically designed for exactly that.

Operating a duct spinner is easy. Simply attach it to your high pressure hose or pressure washer, and lower it into your vertical duct system. Duct spinners are typically controlled by a foot valve, ball valve, or other similar mechanism.

The Mosmatic Duct Spinner

Highly recommended by kitchen hood and exhaust system specialists, the Mosmatic Duct Spinner comes equipped with a new and improved carbide swivel, which offers the highest quality Swiss-made craftsmanship. The ⅜” NPTF water inlet connector comes standard in all duct cleaners.

Protected by a stainless steel cage, its rotor arm inside is guaranteed a prolonged life for maximum usage. The centerpieces of these duct spinners are the swivel, which is self-lubricating and contains stainless steel ball bearings and a carbide gasket system. They are designed for high revolutions and ensure long lasting durability. Best of all, the Mosmatic duct spinner has adjustable spray arms, so you can move them to create different spray angles for optimal cleaning power.

While some industry professionals prefer to go without or make their own versions of duct spinners, sometimes you have no other way of cleaning a 10-story vertical duct or vents with limited access! Purchasing ready-to-go duct spinners will make your cleaning job that much easier, and when you buy with us, you know you’re getting a reliable product.

If You Can’t Stand the Heat… Make Sure Your Kitchen Isn’t on Fire!

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With summertime right around the corner, your kitchen has probably already started to heat up. While you can turn your central air up or open all the windows, the number one thing you want to do to keep your kitchen cool (and your house un-damaged!) is to avoid any kitchen fires. Even if you are a master chef, kitchen fires can happen to anyone in the blink of an eye. And before you know it, a small fire can catch and turn into something far more destructive.

Safety Tips for Preventing Kitchen Fires

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the number one cause of house fires. Between 2010 and 2014, cooking equipment was the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, causing 46% of home fires that resulted in 19% of the home fire deaths and 44% of the injuries. Follow these simple tips to avoid any kitchen fires or mishaps.

  • Do not leave heat or open flame unattended. It might be tempting to throw something in the oven or let something simmer on low heat and “just step away for a minute,” but unattended cooking is a recipe for disaster. A pot might boil over, wind might kick up a flame… You never know. Your best best is to stay near your cooking or turn off all heat, flame, and appliances if you must step away.
  • Be aware of grease. When it becomes too hot, grease can catch fire very easily. It may be a lick of flame touching something frying or a drip of grease making its way down the side of a pan. Thankfully, grease fires can be quickly stopped by cutting off the oxygen supply to the fire. If you can, immediately turn off the heat source and put a lid over the fire in the pat until it is out. Do not try to move the flaming pot or pan as movement will fan the flames with oxygen and can risk spreading the fire.
  • Wear appropriate clothing when cooking. If you have long hair, tie it back. Wear short sleeves or tight fitting sleeves. Anything loose or dangling risks touching a stray flame or getting caught on pot handles, and the last thing you want is to fling your dinner or any flames all over the kitchen.
  • Keep your cooking area clean and tidy. Make sure there is no oil or grease on nearby surfaces. Keep things that can catch fire—such as dish towels, paper towel, oven mitts, etc.—a safe distance from your cooking area. Make sure anything that could melt, like plastic wrap or tupperwear, is also kept clear of your stove and oven. Never leave plastic cooking utensils resting on hot pot or pans.
  • Keep an eye on kids! The last thing you want is for a small hand to get burned. Children should be kept at least three feet away from all heat sources, and be sure you are keeping an eye on them any time they are in the kitchen. Turn pot and pan handles inwards so they cannot be grabbed or knocked over.
  • Use a timer. Timers are an excellent tool for the forgetful chef. Set timers—either on the oven, on your phone, or with an egg timer—to remind yourself to regularly check food that is baking, roasting, simmering, or boiling. Or use a timer to simply remind yourself that food is cooking.

These easy tips can keep your kitchen cool, your house damage-free, and your family safe. It’s easy to take an everyday activity like cooking for granted, however, it’s important to follow safety tips, especially when it comes to preventing kitchen fires.

Hood Wrapping: Keeping Your Kitchen Spotless When Cleaning a Hood System

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Hood wrapping is an excellent way to keep your exhaust hood, as well as the rest of your kitchen, clean and functioning well. While you will still have to maintain your kitchen hood system by regularly cleaning it and changing the grease filters, wrapping the hood can help protect other kitchen appliances and equipment.

How Hood Wrapping is Done

You want to make sure your entire hood system is cleaned by a qualified professional. These are the steps to take to wrap the hood for cleaning.

  1. Prepare the workspace by turning off all appliances and ensuring everything has cooled before beginning the work. Remove all cooking appliances and tools, and cover stovetops, fryer, and countertops to avoid damaging them or making a mess. Cover all other areas of the kitchen in plastic to protect it from spray.
  2. Create a plastic funnel from the hood to a large bucket, water drum, or trash can to capture wastewater and keep the rest of the kitchen from being contaminated or damaged.
  3. Using tape, secure the plastic to the hood as well as the device you are using to catch the runoff. On some hoods, the systems may be too slick or greasy for tape, so be sure to use clamps or magnets instead for a good hold.
  4. Once your hood wrapping is complete, the water reclaim and other grease or debris will fall out of the drop, hit the plastic wrap, and funnel into your catch.

Replacing a Pressure Washer Pump

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If your pressure washer isn’t working as well as it used to, the cause may be an aging or failing pressure washer pump. Luckily, this doesn’t mean your entire pressure washer is done! All you have to do is replace the pump with a manufacturer-approved part. And fortunately, the pump is one of the easiest parts to replace on your power washer, particularly with ready-made pumps, which take the guesswork out of what parts you need and cut down on time and effort.

How can I tell if my pump is failing?

Pressure washer pumps create the water pressure that comes out of the spray nozzle, so if your pump is failing or damaged, you will likely experience low water pressure at the nozzle.

How does a pressure washer pump get damaged?

Detergent residue left in the pump can damage it, as can air in the inlet water supply. Make sure there is no dirt or other build-up obstructing the pump too. Be sure to maintain your pressure washer and keep it clean to help increase the longevity of all the parts. Running hot water through a pressure washer not meant for hot water can also overwork the pump and other parts.

Do I need to replace my entire power washer?

If the rest of your power washer—including the engine, wand, and other components—are still in good working condition, you probably only have to replace the pump, which can not only save you money but quite a bit of a headache as well!

There are two types of power washer pumps: axial pumps and triplex pumps. If your power washer is using an axial pump, you will have to look at replacement options. If your power washer is using a triplex pump, there is a change you can repair the pump without replacing it. But with either type of pump, the entire power washer doesn’t have to be replaced.

How do I find the right pump for my pressure washer?

If you’ve determined your pressure washer’s issue to be the pump, these tips can help you find the right replacement pump for your pressure washer:

  1. Find out the exact pressure washer pump that is used in your model
  2. Find the diameter size for the shaft and if it is hollow or solid.
  3. Look at how the current pump operates with the motor. What attachments does it have? What are the bolt patterns? Be sure to pay attention to the pump’s orientation in respect to the engine.
  4. Find out whether your pump is vertically or horizontally shafted.

With these simple troubleshooting steps, you can replace your pressure washer pump with a ready-made pump and get back to your business before you know it!

Summer Safety Tips for Hood Cleaning

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A restaurant or commercial kitchen hood is a major component in keeping a cooking space clean and safe, so it is important to make sure the kitchen hood is well maintained. Failure to upkeep a hood can result in costly and dangerous consequences including dangerous kitchen fires to paying fines for code violations or higher insurance premiums if fire protection isn’t up-to-date.

This summer, take the opportunity to get your kitchen hood cleaned. Whether you are hiring a crew to keep your kitchen ventilation or own a hood cleaning company, keep these safety tips in mind to ensure a job well done.

Prep for Safe Hood Cleaning

 

  • Clean your worksite. The condition of your jobsite is critical, as you want to ensure the safety of those working within it. Remove all potential hazards and debris from the kitchen and be sure all appliances are cooled, shut off, and disconnected.
  • Dress for the job. Cleaning a hood ventilation system is a dirty job, and it requires specific protective gear. You or your cleaning crew should be equipped with slip-resistant shoes, heat- and chemical-resistant gloves, goggles, face masks, and even protective suits depending on the cleaning chemicals you will be using.

 

Equipment and Gear

 

  • Ladders: If you plan on using ladders, indoors or outdoors, to clean your kitchen hood, you’ll need to ensure they hold. Inspect your ladder before using it and check for cracks or splits. Ensure the feet have slip-resistant pads and sit evenly on the ground. Make sure all bolts and rivets are secure. Once using the ladder, fasten it with a ladder lock or have a coworker hold it safely in place.ely in place. If using a metal ladder in the summer sun, be wary of how hot the surface might be before you touch it.
  • Shoes: The best defense in preventing a worksite injury via slip, trip, or fall is to wear slip-resistant shoes or boots. These will help to grip the floor when factors like water, grease, and oil are present.
  • Power Washers: Your pressure washer is probably one of the most important pieces of hood cleaning equipment you have, so you want to ensure it is running in top condition. When using it, be aware of your surroundings so you can avoid injury or damaging appliances, gutters, or siding.

 

Additional Tips

If you plan on being up on a roof to clean a kitchen ventilation system, take extra steps in ensuring your safety. Roofs can provide a number of dangerous hazards to look out for. Always double check the stability of the roof first. Be aware of any weather conditions that might affect your safety on a roof including rain, snow, wind, and heat. Watch out for skylights that might cause you to trip or give away if you step on them. Always be aware of where the edge of the roof is and keep the roof’s pitch in mind; the steeper the roof, the easier it is to fall.

  • Get up on the roof safely. You’ll want a ladder that extends at least 3-feet above the edge of the roof. Select a lightweight aluminum ladder or a fiberglass ladder that can protect against electrocution in case the ladder touches a power line or live wire. Set the ladder on firm, even ground and be sure to fasten the top of the ladder with rope or wire, which can keep it from sliding sideways as you step onto the roof. Avoid carrying anything up the ladder and use a hoist system to carry tools and supplies instead.
  • Ensure proper lift use. If you are using a lift instead of a ladder to get on the roof, be sure you are operating it correctly. Secure yourself and your materials when riding up or down a lift. Keep feet firmly planted on the ground and stay away from the edges of the lift.
  • Use a brackets or a safety harness. On low pitched roofs where your footing isn’t a problem, you can use roof brackets to provide you with some extra safety where you step. Roof brackets not only give you a place to step and rest tools, but they also act as a slide guard or something to grab onto in case you do misstep. For ultimate roof safety, however, you’ll want to use a safety harness, especially if you are working on high or steep roofs. Make sure you are properly anchoring your harness and wearing it correctly.

The last thing you want to be doing this summer is taking time off work or not be able to go on vacation because of a jobsite injury, but with these simple tips you can ensure your restaurant or commercial kitchen hood gets cleaned thoroughly and safely!

No Hassle Hood Cleaning Quotes and Bids

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As a business, it can be a pain to find accurate quotes and bids easily and in a streamlined manner. And unless you want to spend all day on the phone or taking time away from your customers to wait for an on-site visit, there’s generally nothing else you can do to receive quotes and make business deals. Until now.

If you are a restaurant or a commercial business, you can now receive accurate and straightforward bids for hood cleaning services directly over the phone, without an on-site visit. Not only does this save business owners time, money, and effort; you can also accept a quote on the spot and schedule an appointment without ever having to talk to someone.

This instant quote software—created by Josh Dodson former owner of GreasePro and Curt Kempton of Responsibid—offers hood cleaning quotes to businesses without anyone having to deal with the hassle of making phone calls, driving around, scheduling appointments, and taking time for jobs that might never happen.

The process is simple. For an example, check out Grease Pro’s:

  1. Go to grease-pro.com.
  2. Click the blue “Quick Estimate” button on the upper right of the webpage.
  3. Fill in your general contact information.
  4. Fill in your service details.
  5. Get a quote!

For more information on Responsibid, you can visit their website at get.responsibid.com, call them at (707) 968-7764, or fill in their contact form here.

Outfitted Trailers, Ready for All Your Needs

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Whether you are a handyman, an electrician, the owner of a hood and duct cleaning business, or a plumber; you need the tools of your trade close by, and the easiest way to accomplish this is to have a truck or outfitted trailer ready to go. While many craftsmen choose to hand-fill their trucks with the necessary tools depending on the job of the day, or build out their own trailers to suit their specific needs, purchasing a pre-outfitted trailer is both an easy and cost efficient choice as well.

Outfitted trailers are enclosed custom-built utility trailers that can be bought with all the tools and equipment you need already installed in the trailer, keeping your equipment dry and protected from the elements on the job and allowing you to work smart. Not only does this save you time on having to seek out, select, purchase, and install single pieces of equipment but it has the potential to be less expensive too since you are buying a “package” instead of individual tools.

We offer deluxe 5-foot x 8-foot x 4-foot outfitted trailers with aluminum fenders and a smooth aluminum exterior, 15-inch steel wheels, a flat roof, ⅜-inch plywood walls (extra insulation available upon request), ¾-inch pressure treated plywood flooring, a 24-inch side door bolt lock, and 5-foot x 4-foot double rear cargo doors with cam locks. Our trailers include 2 ladder racks, easy lube hubs, trailer running lights, a quick release trailer stand, and can be custom build to suit your needs.*

One example of how our trailers can be tailored to your personal or business needs is this outfitted trailer build specifically for a hood and duct cleaning business. This trailer includes a wide variety of tools and equipment including:

1 tool box (100 piece tool kit)
2 50-foot sections of R2 4500 psi high-pressure non-marking hose with Quick Disconnects
1 adjustable pressure wand with rinse tip
1 hose faucet connector adapter
1 high-pressure nozzle
1 turbo nozzle
1 24-foot Type I aluminum extension ladder, heavy-duty
1 step ladder
1 wet/dry vacuum with hose
2 50-foot sections of heavy-duty hot water hose
1 4 way water valve key
2 suction cups
1 50-foot 10 gauge extension cord
1 25-foot extension cord
1 halogen portable work light
1 heavy duty flashlight
1 roll of plastic wrap (200 feet)
1 grease catch can (28 gallons with caster wheels)
1 18-inch floor squeegee with 60-inch threaded metal tip extension pole
1 stainless steel regular 6-inch squeegee with 24-foot extension pole
1 chemical storage container
15 assorted clamps
2 magnets
10 assorted scrapers
1 roll duct tape
1 dozen terry cloth towels
1 spray bottle
1 fuel container (2 gallons)
1 chemical sprayer (2 gallons)
1 pair grease boots (please specify size)
1 pair heavy duty gloves
1 pair goggles
1 bag of heavy-duty degreaser beads (50 pounds)
1 can of stainless steel polish
1 gallon of light degreaser
1 nylon rope and rope caddy
1 pack of bungee cords
1 shallow plastic container “keepers box”
1 set of MSDS sheets
1 8-inch round galvanized stove pipe (5 feet)
1 8-inch round galvanized stove pipe, 90-foot elbow

*All items are subject to availability at time of purchase. Substitutions made are made without prior notification.  Every attempt will be made to purchase every item of your choosing.

Grease Filters: How to Clean or Replace for Optimal Use

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Your grease filters are an integral component to keeping your cooking space clean and your commercial business safe. Not only do grease filters and kitchen hoods add an elegant element to your kitchen, they help keep it smoke- and grease-free too.

Grease filters, particularly grease baffle filters, work by catching grease before it goes up into your kitchen hood system. You need filters that are in good working condition, without missing or banged up parts, to keep your restaurant compliant with fire codes. It is also a fire hazard to have filters with grease build up on them, which means they need to be cleaned or changed frequently. Cleaning them, however, can be a difficult and complicated process. Not only does washing them improperly waste water and other resources, but cleaning them in a sink risks ruining your equipment with the grease running into your plumbing, sticking to pipes, and damaging other items you are trying to keep clean.

Pressure Washing Grease Filters

Follow these tips to safely and efficiently wash your grease baffle filters. (For more tips on using pressure washers, visit our previous blog post here.)

  1. Remove the filters carefully. If there is a large amount of thick grease built up on and around the filter, use a paint scraper to pry the filter out. Wear heavy-duty gloves at all times when handling the filters as the metal edges are sharp and can cut you.
  2. Prepare your filter for cleaning. Lay the filters side-by-side, not stacked on top of each other, at a 45 degree angle against a sturdy surface (NOT on the side of a building, house, truck, or car!). This angle will allow the water to force the grease and cleaning chemicals off the filter and towards the ground, not back at you or onto the clean side of the filter.
  3. Safely clean the grease filters. Clean them one by one and take your time in doing it. Rushing through the job won’t ensure they get cleaned completely. Ensure you are using the appropriate pressure washer settings. Be sure you are using the appropriate cleaning chemicals as well. Regular dish soap won’t cut through this grease! You also need to remember that heavy-duty degreaser removes paint too, so be careful.
  4. Keep filters clean as they dry. As you finish power washing each filter, prop them up (don’t lay them flat on the ground) against a clean and dry surface with the filter blades horizontally to allow them to air dry.
  5. Finish up. Pressure wash the area then squeegee excess water, but be sure you don’t destroy any property with a strong power washer.

Purchasing New Grease Filters

Some kitchens and restaurants use thinner, lightweight aluminum grease filters. These are not meant to be cleaned and reused, but rather disposed of and replaced. But even thicker, more heavy-duty filters eventually reach the end of their life and need to be replaced from time to time as well. Use these tips for finding and buying new filters for your hood systems.

The most important distinction when buying your filters is whether you want baffle grease filters or mesh grease filters.

Baffle Filters: Baffle filters are made from unique roll formed baffle, designed to prevent flames from penetrating through the filter into the ducts. Two layers of equally-spaced baffles create an air flow that contributes to efficient grease removal. The smooth surfaces of the baffle filters causes a continuous run-off, allowing grease to be safely deposited in collection troughs. These are typically designed to be used in grease hoods and fryers and can be made from galvanized, aluminum, or stainless steel to withstand varying temperatures. The pros to using baffle grease filters is that they contribute to improved airflow, are generally more durable, and require less maintenance than mesh filters.

Mesh Filters: Mesh filters are made of many layers of fine metal stacked on top of each other, rather than slatted grates like baffle grease filters. In use, grease and smoke are forced through and gradually screened by the mesh. The grease is then channeled into drain holes and deposited into a grease trap to avoid build up on the mesh. Due to this, however, the grease causes buildup if it is not cleaned frequently (about once a week, depending on use). The pros of using mesh filters is that they are usually dishwasher safe and can be less expensive than baffle filters.

Another difference in grease filters is the material they are made of. As mentioned above, baffle grease filters can be made from a number of different metals depending on the temperatures they must withstand.

Stainless Steel: These grease filters are highly durable and easily washable, which makes them best for high-volume restaurants. Stainless steel grease filters can be cleaned in dishwashers, soaked in water, pressure washed, or cleaned by hand unlike aluminum filters. They also come in a variety of styles and sizes to fit everywhere from home kitchen range hoods to heavy-duty restaurant exhaust hoods.

Aluminum: Aluminum filters tend to be less expensive and are therefore a more economic choice for lower-volume restaurants and kitchens. They are not as durable as stainless steel filters, however, and therefore must be cleaned by hand.

The last, but most important thing you want to consider when purchasing your kitchen grease filter is the size of the filter and the space you are trying to put it in. Be sure you have the correct measurements for both height and width. You can determine which is which by holding your baffle filter so the ridges run vertically, from top to bottom. The height will run parallel to the ridges while the width will run perpendicular to them. Keep in mind that filter measurements are often listed as whole numbers, meaning that they are slightly rounded up to the nearest whole number. Exact sizes of the filters are roughly half an inch smaller in size.

Pressure Washers: A Buying Guide

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Pressure washers, also called power washers, come in a variety of different forms, though they all ultimately get the same job done. If you are new to the world of pressure washers, knowing which one to select and how to use it can be intimidating. But don’t worry! This straightforward buying guide can help point you in the right direction.

A Beginner’s Guide to Using a Pressure Washer

Before you start shopping for a pressure washer, it is important to understand the best and most effective ways to use them. This can help you get the most out of your machine and avoid making any mistakes such as damaging the surface you are working with.

  1. Tips with narrow sprays provide more pressure and less coverage. Wider sprays provide greater coverage at lower pressure.
  2. Start with the nozzle 2 feet away from the surface you are cleaning and move closer as needed (but no closer than 6 inches).
  3. Use the widest spray angle you can. If it is not removing the stain, then you can narrow the spray angle as needed.
  4. When cleaning vertical surfaces like walls and siding, wash from the bottom up then rinse from the top down.
  5. Hold the tip of the pressure washer nozzle at an angle, not directly at the surface you are cleaning to prevent damage.
  6. Keep the spray nozzle moving to avoid cutting into surfaces.
  7. Practice makes perfect! Practice until you get the hang of using your pressure washer on hidden surfaces, just in case a mistake is made so you won’t be harming a noticeable surface.

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The Customer Comes First: Striving for Optimal Customer Service

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Last year, my daughter Alexine and I were in New York City attending Stream Con, a 3-day convention that connects fans, creators, brands, and other industry professionals to celebrate digital content creation. I had another event that I was planning on attending in the near future, and being that I was in New York City (one of the best shopping meccas in the country), I decided to take a break from listening to famous YouTubers to do a little shopping.

One of the stores I visited was Urban Outfitters on 5th Avenue. After browsing their selection, I found a dress that not only fit like a glove but was perfect to wear to my upcoming event. I bought it and brought it back home to South Carolina with me.

One week before my event, I was getting my outfit ready. I put on the dress I had bought at Urban Outfitters to try on with shoes, but it was riddled with little holes! I was distraught. The dress was not an inexpensive purchase, and I knew our local Urban Outfitters (which was over an hour away from my house) wouldn’t have it in stock. Without knowing what else to do, I decided to call the store that I purchased the dress from. By then it was nighttime, so I left a message hoping someone would eventually call me back.

The very next day, the manager of the 5th Avenue store called me. He had me describe the dress I purchased and, while on the phone with me, was walking around the store to locate it. Once he found it, he overnight shipped the dress to me without question, but not before thoroughly investigating the dress to make sure there was nothing wrong with it. I got my new dress by 10:00am the following day!

I was in awe over the customer service I received. Not only did I receive a personalized and fast response, but I was never once asked to prove that I had purchased a dress from that store. The store manager never asked me for a receipt number or what day and time I shopped at their store. Their number one priority was making sure I was happy by getting what I paid for, no questions asked.

This is the kind of customer service I strive to give to my clients.

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