If you are the owner of a hood and duct cleaning business, or the owner of a restaurant or other commercial kitchen, you’ll want to always be sure you are hiring certified contractors and technicians to get your cleaning jobs done (and done right!). Not only is regular cleaning of your hood and duct system required by law, but it is also a major component to keeping your business running smoothly. After all, the last thing you want is a clogged duct in your ventilation system or a grease fire in your restaurant’s kitchen.

Why You Should Hire a Certified Hood and Duct Cleaner

Not only does hiring a certified contractor ensure they are knowledgeable and skilled at doing their job, but it also means your kitchen will be up to all standards required by law.

Why You Should Become a Certified Hood and Duct Cleaner

As shown below, there is not only a basic and practical need for hood and duct cleaners, it is required by law! Therefore you have customers who must use your service, which creates instant demand for your business.

Getting certified requires you to find a reputable and trustworthy Hood Cleaning School, preferably one that is teaches using CHDCA (Certified Hood & Duct Cleaners Association) regulations and requirements.

Required by Law

Regular hood and duct cleaning and maintenance is required by law. Fire marshals, health inspectors, and insurance companies all necessitate that regular cleaning is done in accordance to the following laws.

What the Insurance Companies Require:

Restaurants must have their kitchen hood and duct systems cleaned by certified technicians in order to be insured.

“The hood and duct system should be cleaned on a semiannual basis by a qualified hood and duct cleaning contractor. A service tag indicating the last date of service should be mounted on the hood.”*

*The above quote is from an actual letter one of our clients received from his insurance company stating what was required before they would insure him.

What the Fire Marshals Require:

The National Fire Protection Code 96 (NFPA 96) Standard is what most counties, cities, and states adopt as their fire code.

11.4  Cleaning of Exhaust Systems

Upon inspection, if found to be contaminated with deposits from grease-laden vapors, the entire exhaust system shall be cleaned by a properly trained, qualified, and certified person (s) acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction in accordance with Section 11.3.

11.4.2  Hoods, grease removal devices, fans, ducts, and other appurtenances shall be cleaned to bare metal prior to surfaces becoming heavily contaminated with grease or oily sludge.

11.4.8  After the exhaust system is cleaned to bare metal, it shall not be coated with powder or other substance.

11.4.12  When a vent cleaning service is used, a certificate showing date of inspection or cleaning shall be maintained on the premises.

11.4.13  After cleaning is completed, the vent cleaning contractor shall place or display within the kitchen area a label indicating the date cleaned and the name of the servicing company, and areas not cleaned.

11.4.14  Where required, certificates of inspection and cleaning shall be submitted to the authority having jurisdiction.

To learn more about becoming a certified hood and duct cleaner, visit our website.