It's easy to forget about your extraction system. But the ducts that collect smoke, steam, grease, cooking odours and fumes away from your environ are there to make sure the air quality in your kitchen allows for a safe and pleasant place to work. Like your canopies, extractor fans and filters, your ductwork is a hugely important part of your kitchen's infrastructure – even if you might not always be aware of how hard it's working behind the scenes.
Here are 3 reasons why you need to keep your ductwork clean, all year round.
Your ductwork must be cleaned once a year in order to adhere to TR19 regulations. These are the standards that govern how ductwork should be cleaned, tested, and inspected.
Legally, your systems don’t need to meet TR19 requirements – but it’s standard practice within the industry for catering and hospitality companies to carry a TR19 certificate that proves their commercial ducts have been cleaned and de-greased to a suitable level. Our ductwork team can provide this document once they have completed the clean for you – they’ll send it straight from our office, accompanied by the pre- and post- photographic report.
As businesses, we’re all feeling the effects of the cost of living crisis, and we’re all looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. So, you’ll probably be pleased to learn that keeping your ductwork clean will keep your entire system working more efficiently. In turn, this will lead to significant savings compared to ductwork that’s full of built-up grease and oil deposits, because these kinds of blockages will place a strain on your extraction equipment, not to mention use unnecessary energy and shorten its lifespan.
As an employer, you have a legal (and moral!) obligation to make sure your employees can enjoy a safe, hygienic, and comfortable working environment. The condition of your ductwork will play a vital role in keeping your kitchen free from nasty smells and potentially harmful toxins and chemicals that could lead to staff sickness further down the line. Invest in keeping your ductwork clean, and you’ll be investing in your team’s health – and you really can’t put a price on that!
There’s no need to carry out ductwork cleans yourself. TWO Services have you covered. You can learn more about our commercial ductwork and extraction cleaning services here.