One of the most important parts of any commercial kitchen is the fire protection system. This is, at first glance, a complex system consisting of many parts. These parts all work together to protect you, your staff and your property from the ravages of a kitchen fire.

One of the most important pieces in the entire system is a tiny element known as the fusible link. Understanding what they are, and how to clean and maintain them, is an important first step in keeping your commercial kitchen fire safe.

What is a Fusible Link?
A fusible link is a simple piece of metal designed to work with your fire extinguishing system. Essentially, the link is made of metal that can withstand a certain temperature level. If the temperature climbs higher, the link will release, setting off the fire extinguishing system. Because it is so vital to the proper working of the fire protection system, proper maintenance is vital.

Cleaning and Maintaining
When you have your vent hood system serviced, the hood cleaning company usually cleans your fusible link. They will use their own cleaning system, but normally all that is required is a damp cloth. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) bulletin 96 section 11.4.7 states that cleaning chemicals shouldn’t be used on this piece, so If you have access to the fusible link yourself, you can keep it in good condition between routine maintenance by simply wiping it with a damp cloth, then drying it.

Another important step you should take is to monitor the link and make certain it is not showing signs of corrosion or damage. If it is, it may be time to call in an expert.

The most important thing to remember is that even though these fusible links are small, and appear simple, they are vital to keeping the fire protection system operating properly. Spend some time learning about your fire protection system and make sure your links are working. This tiny piece could make a big impact in preventing a disaster in your commercial kitchen.

For all your commercial kitchen exhaust system and hood filter cleaning needs, visit online at HoodFilters.com or call us at 877.394.9731 to speak with one of our product specialists.

In the first two parts of this series we covered the basics of pay per click ads and how hood cleaners and restaurant service companies can establish a solid PPC strategy and set up an effective PPC campaign that will benefit their bottom line.

Now that you have a solid foundation, it’s time to dig deep into the metrics to measure what is and what isn’t in your paid search campaign.

You have your PPC ad campaign up and running for your hood cleaning company, and now you are waiting for those conversions to come in. Isn’t it great that you have done all of your preparation, and your ad campaign will do all the work for you?

While that result would be great, ad campaigns don’t usually work that way. Here are some tips to maximize your results, monitor your success and what to do if the campaign is not as successful as you hoped. Continue reading


Now that we have discussed the basics of PPC advertising, it is time to dig deeper into what to consider before you begin your campaign. PPC advertising is not a hard and fast science, but you can use scientific methods to focus each campaign on the most efficient way to drive conversions.

Before you start the actual campaign, you need to take preparatory steps. Without adequate preparation, your campaign will only have mediocre success. However, if you do the preparation, you will be amazed at how much difference it makes in your success rate.

Understanding Your Target Market
The foodservice industry includes a wide range of types and sizes. As a company that serves that industry, it is important to narrow your ad focus to your ideal customer. Continue reading

PPC advertisements are seen throughout the Internet, yet if you are not familiar with this type of ad, you may be overwhelmed by the concept. To help you understand how to work with PPC ads, let’s start by discussing how PPC ads can help you promote your kitchen exhaust cleaning or restaurant services business.

What is PPC?
PPC is an acronym that stands for Pay-Per-Click. In essence, these ads charge you a fee each time a prospect clicks on the ad. PPC ads work as an alternative to organic search engine marketing, and most companies use both PPC ads and organic search to drive traffic. PPC ads can be images, text or a combination. The most well-known PPC ad program is Google AdWords.

What to Expect
Before you jump into PPC advertising, it is best to work with an expert or study the methods that make PPC campaigns work. Continue reading

Sometimes it makes sense to cook with solid fuel in your commercial kitchen. However, because of the unique risks associated with solid fuel appliances, it’s important to mitigate the dangers inherent to their use.

What is Solid Fuel?
Examples include mesquite, briquettes, charcoal and hardwood. These are highly combustible materials that dial up the threat of commercial kitchen fires.

What Restaurants Use Solid Fuel?
Pizzerias and restaurants serving gourmet smoked meat are most likely to use solid fuel. It offers a wider array of cooking capabilities that lend a unique flavor to certain dishes. This has the potential to bring in more business, which is why it’s the preferred fuel for some restaurants.

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The only thing customers should be able to smell in your restaurant is the delicious food being served. Even if you have an existing grease filter and kitchen ventilation system in place, the quality of the air inside your restaurant may surprise you.

Did you know that according to a recent UC Riverside study, commercial kitchen charbroilers can emit twice the amount of pollution as diesel trucks? In fact, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District, commercial cooking is the largest source of directly emitted particulate pollution in California’s South Coast Air Basin.

But this isn’t just a problem in California, and it isn’t just charbroilers. All kinds of cooking produces grease, smoke, and particulates into the air which can lead to unpleasant environments that may even be harmful to respiratory health. Air quality has become a major concern in cities worldwide.

Across the United States, more and more people are associating clean, clear, odor-free air with the quality of a restaurant. And as more municipalities continue to create clean air ordinances and emissions regulations, many commercial kitchens are having to add pollution control units to their ventilation systems in order to stay in compliance with the increasing demands and environmental controls.

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In all types of buildings, air balance needs to be carefully controlled. The amount of air that goes out must also come back in. But full-service commercial kitchens cannot rely soley on their HVAC system to supply 100% of the replacement air they need, so an independent make-up air supply is needed.

Air that is removed from the kitchen through an exhaust hood must be replaced with an equal volume of replacement air. If there is not enough replacement air (or make-up air), the building pressure will become negative which can cause various problems such as reduced exhaust hood fan performance or grease and smoke spillage from the hood.

That is why Make-Up Air Supply Units are at the heart of every commercial kitchen ventilation system. Designed to deliver fresh replacement air for proper air balance, a quality make-up air supply unit can also help keep cooking odors in the kitchen, minimize wear and tear on your exhaust hood, reduce energy consumption, and help maintain a comfortable working environment for employees. Continue reading


Rooftop grease spills and related environmental contamination from kitchen ventilation systems cost businesses thousands of dollars each year. Managing and containing rooftop grease is a part of every commercial cooking operation. Commercial kitchens must also comply with a variety of state and federal requirements regarding grease control.

To address the many safety and environmental issues facing the restaurant industry, and in order to avoid fines and other problems like roof damage and serious fire risk, installing a rooftop grease containment system is a necessary investment. But with the leading cause of rooftop grease contamination being a poorly designed collection device, it pays to do your research.

A rooftop grease containment system is the single most important piece of equipment in the fight against rooftop grease. While exhaust fans are great at removing grease vapors from your kitchen, unless you install a rooftop grease containment system, that grease will eventually find its way onto your roof where it can cause damage, become a safety or fire hazard, create rooftop grease runoff that can contaminate the environment, and even attract pests and rodents.

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Millions of workplace injuries are reported each year and can lead to costly medical bills, prolonged absences, and workers’ compensation costs. There are many benefits to safe work practices including reduced injuries and their associated costs, improved productivity and product quality, and even strengthened morale and team building opportunities.

The hood cleaning industry deals with a variety of safety challenges every day, such as wet, greasy surfaces, elevated work areas, and heavy equipment, but these simple tools from HoodFilters.com make it easier than ever for professional hood cleaners and their employees to be safe. Learn more about what you can do to reduce risk of injury the next time you’re on the job.

Slip-resistant Shoes
You might think it won’t happen to you, but every year, slip and trip accidents cause millions of injuries, cost the workforce an estimated $8.6 billion and account for about 15 percent of all accidental deaths each year — second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities. The best defense is keeping your work area free of clutter and wearing slip resistant work shoes or boots to help grip the floor even when additional factors such as grease and oil are present. Continue reading


In the scope of kitchen exhaust cleaning, rooftop exhaust fans are an important and challenging part of the job. This is because there are more surfaces for grease to accumulate on such as fan blades and motor casing. And if it isn’t properly maintained, the system can fail due to heavy grease build up which puts stress on areas such as the fan motor, bearings and drive belt.

When cleaning fans, it is particularly important to make sure grease does not contaminate the roof. Grease and oil residue are detrimental to the roof and cause deterioration and structural damage including leaks, blistering, and cracks. They also pose a serious fire risk if left unaddressed. It’s important to make sure that no grease or oil washes off the roof during cleaning, which may result in environmental issues, code violations, and unsightly buildup around the exterior of the building.

The most common method used for cleaning upblast exhaust fans is pressure washing. Here are a few preventative steps you can take during routine exhaust fan cleanings to ensure the job is getting done effectively and efficiently without making a greasy mess of the roof. Continue reading