Saturday, 18 August 2012

Was Inadequate Ductwork Cleaning Behind Local Restaurant Fire?

In any commercial kitchen, general deep cleaning, including ductwork cleaning, can be a great help in minimising the risk of fire.

The grease and grime associated with cooking is simple to clean from visible surfaces, but over time it can build up in corners, nooks and crevices, as well as in your ductwork, allowing dirt, dust and harmful bacteria to accumulate. Without regular kitchen and ductwork cleaning this could be a health and safety risk for your workforce and your customers for many reasons, including fire.

The devastation that a kitchen fire can cause was brought firmly into focus for the Strada restaurant in grade 1 listed building, Cupola House, Bury St Edmunds recently.  While the exact cause of the blaze has not yet been confirmed, and it could easily be nothing to do with ductwork or cleaning, it did initiate in the kitchens and from there quickly spread to the roof and throughout the five storey building.

The irretrievable damage to the restaurant, the iconic building, and the continuing cost to the surrounding businesses is a stark reminder of the importance of maintaining best practice when it comes to keeping a regular routine in kitchen and ductwork cleaning to moderate the risk of fire.

Also significant to a good kitchen and ductwork cleaning practice is choosing a properly qualified kitchen and ductwork cleaning company, recognised by the HVCA. This is a legal requirement and, equally important to your business continuity, they will also provide the correct paperwork to ensure that your insurance requirements are met, meaning that in the event of a fire, you are best placed to be covered for recovering from the fire, including business interruption, and liability.

Ingot Services - Your Local Ductwork Cleaning Company

Ingot Services, based in Ipswich, have clients throughout the UK, and across the whole spectrum of industries, including Michelin star restaurants, pubs and cafes, as well as local authorities, schools, care homes, offices, and many more. From deep kitchen cleans, including extracts and equipment, as well as ductwork cleaning we offer all of our customers the finest quality service across the range.

And as well as the assurance of knowing that you are dealing with fully qualified HVCA registered professionals with over 25 years of experience, we guarantee that we won’t be beaten on price, plus we promise to hold our quoted price for three years. 

Ductwork Cleaning - Call Ingot Services to book a no obligation consultation for your specialist kitchen and ductwork cleaning today on 0800 731 7892.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Regular Ductwork Cleaning Helps Banish Circulating Workplace Odours

Having your ductwork cleaning done regularly is a legal requirement for health and safety reasons, but regular ductwork cleaning is also important to minimise unpleasant odours in your kitchen, school, care home or office.

Due to the construction and location of ductwork - usually in dark, sometime damp and confined spaces - all manner of bad odours can emanate from them, including dust, mould, drains and dead animals.

How Inadequate Ductwork Cleaning Can Cause Bad Odours

So what sort of odours can make our ductwork unpleasant and how can we tell what they are? Here are a few examples of the causes of odours, how they may smell and what you can do about them.

Dead animal smells - in the unfortunate event that an animal finds its way into your ductwork and dies, it can cause an unpleasant odour that could range from a vaguely offensive stench through to a sickly sweet smell. It may even smell similar to the reek of a sewer. If there is a dead animal in your ducts, an extra clean to your ductwork cleaning schedule will be needed. At the same time, a thorough inspection of your ductwork will help to identify where an animal may have entered the ductwork system and any corrective action that may be needed.

Other animal smells - if there is, or has been, an animal resident in your premises, hair or dander (dead skin cells) could be building up in your ductwork. This can give rise to smells, especially if damp and/or warm air flows through the ducts. Regular ductwork cleaning will help to prevent animal hair or dander building up to a level where odours can occur.

Mould smells - with the build up of dust and debris in your ductwork, mould can start to settle and grow - especially in warm damp conditions. Regular ductwork cleaning should help to keep this issue to a minimum.

Burning smells - these may indicate an issue with the mechanics of your heating, ventilation or air conditioning system. A heating technician should be consulted immediately in this case. Alternatively it can indicate that debris within the ductwork is being exposed to high temperatures and potentially poses a fire risk - an eventuality which is unlikely to arise if ductwork cleaning is carried out regularly. An immediate inspection of the ductwork and, if necessary, ductwork cleaning should be carried out.

Other smells - if you smell drains, oil, paint or other odours with sources from other systems in your premises, you may need to have your ductwork system inspected to ensure that return air vents are not situated too close to these sources.

More Than Just a Bad Smell

It’s not just the fact that the air that is being pumped around your workplace is tainted with a nasty smell, many of these odours, even the less scary sounding ones, have health and safety implications. Mould and bacteria left to multiply in ductwork can cause serious diseases. And when it comes to Carbon Monoxide, or even a burning smell that is ignored, the consequences could be deadly.

It is for these reasons that you are legally obliged to have your ductwork cleaning carried out regularly. It is also a legal requirement that it should be done by a fully qualified company, recognised by the HVCA. Even if the odour that you can smell comes and goes, it is important to have your ductwork cleaning done, to deal with the underlying problem.

Why Choose Ingot Services for Your Ductwork Cleaning

When you choose Ingot Services for your ductwork cleaning you can rest assured that your ductwork will be cleaned thoroughly and that all sources of smell will be wiped away.

Fully HVCA registered, we are also a member of the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme and a Safe Contractor Registered firm, giving you the assurance that our ductwork cleaning work meets your legal obligations. And with over 25 years’ experience we have an enviable reputation for high quality work and exemplary customer service from each of our fully qualified, insured engineers.

Clients throughout the UK and from a full range of industries enjoy working with Ingot Services, so whether you are a local authority, a school or care home, an office, a Michelin Star restaurant or a pub or café we are the experts to carry out your ductwork cleaning quickly, efficiently and legally.

Ductwork Cleaning - Find out more about eradicating smells with ductwork cleaning from Ingot Services or call to book a no obligation consultation today on 0800 731 7892.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Ingot Supports Ipswich Rugby Club

For a number of years now we have supported Ipswich Rugby Club through sponsorship. Our involvement has included deep cleaning their club kitchen, sponsoring specific matches to producing their club e-newsletter In Touch. We are very excited about the First XV's prospects for 2012/2013 season which kicks of on Sunday with a pre-season friendly against the boys from HMS Protector.