A commercial kitchen without an extractor fan can be compared to a fireman trying to extinguish a fire without foam or water. No doubt that this will be an impossible task to accomplish without the right equipment.

Extractor fans are a legal requirement in any commercial or industrial kitchen that uses grillers, gas cookers, stovetops as well as tandoori ovens to cook or grill food.

There are several main components to a commercial kitchen extractor hood system of which each has a different, but important function. The purpose of an extractor fan is to draw out the particles of fats, oils and grease contained in the steam and smoke derived from cooking into the ducting system.

These fats and oils then move through the filters collecting throughout the canopy hood and shaft, further going up into the ducting system moving toward the fan from where the suction of the system originates. The result of this process is a build-up of a highly flammable material referred to as FOG (fat, oil and grime).

Due to the importance of the components in the extraction system, this crucial kitchen component needs to be maintained and deep cleaned on a regular basis. Should one of these main components stop working (whether it be lack of cleaning or maintenance) the restaurant runs the risk of a fire or upon health inspection, closure due to failure to comply with the Health and Safety Regulations.

Reaching problem areas such as inside the ducting of the extractor system or in between the filter blades can be challenging for untrained kitchen staff and leaving these areas uncleaned, poses a great threat to your compliance, health and safety in terms of being a fire hazard as fats and oil tend to build up in these hard to reach spaces.

South African National Standard (SANS) Bylaws regulate that a commercial kitchen extractor system should be cleaned at least every 6 months, that is the minimum prescribed regulation. Not all commercial kitchens can perform to the minimum prescribed regulation though, as some may fall under a high volume kitchen, therefore, increasing the speed at which FOG build-up takes place in the extractor system.

ECS Deep Clean Industries are experts in the servicing of commercial kitchen extractor fans, a service that requires specialized execution. Upon completion of the extractor system cleaning, which includes the cleaning of the extractor fan, a compliance certificate is issued for that system. The certificate serves as proof that the system is OHASA and SANS compliant.

Contact us today for specialized and certified deep cleaning of your extractor systems or make your booking online.

ECS Deep Clean Industries, your specialist in the deep cleaning of industrial and commercial kitchen extractor systems.

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Importance of cleaning your industrial kitchen during the National Lockdown

Due to the virus spreading rapidly, there is ample more reason to have your industrial kitchen cleaned and sanitized after every conducted business day to help prevent cross-contamination and infection rates between employees as well as the people that visited your establishment.

Without the proper cleaning and sanitation after every business day, you are at risk of having your business, that has already lost an income several months, be shut down again. ECS Deep Clean Industries have trained staff that cleans, disinfects and sanitize your kitchen to ensure that you can maintain a clean working environment.

There are several points that need to be sanitized daily, namely:

Clean and disinfect any surface that hands may have touched in your industrial kitchen

Door knobs or handles and push plates;

Kitchen surfaces for food preparation;

Utensils and equipment;

Handles of all the equipment doors and area surrounding;

Equipment operating pushbuttons;

Handles of the dispensers ;

Refrigerator handles and area surrounding;

Refrigerator and freezer plastic curtains;

Soap dispenser push plates at handwash sink 

These are to name just a few of the areas in the kitchen that needs to be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized daily in order to help your establishments industrial kitchen remain open and help prevent the spread of the virus.

ECS Deep Clean Industries have trained staff that can make the dreadful task of sanitation a lot easier on a daily basis. With our deep cleaning knowledge and experience, we will do the deep cleaning and sanitation for you. All our chemicals are food safe ensuring you have peace of mind.

Phone ECS Deep Clean Industries in Centurion today or book online to ensure your industrial kitchen is safe, clean, sanitized and ready for operations the following day.

We take care of your industrial kitchen sanitation.

ECSDCI - Your Deep Cleaning and Sanitation Specialist In Centurion



Is solar panel maintenance necessary?

Solar systems or green energy has taken the world by storm. Everyone wants to be able to generate a greener source of energy which is a step in the right direction both financially and economically. With unreliable power sources, we need to start taking steps to enable us to generate our own power.

Solar Panel Maintenance is a necessity if you want your green energy system to work for you. Your solar panels need to be exposed to sunlight in order to produce power to its full capacity. Solar panels need to be cleaned at regular intervals for optimal results. Dirty solar panels could lose 20% - 50% of their output if not kept clean.

How often does my solar panel system require maintenance or cleaning of the solar panels?

ECS Deep Clean Industries help our clients to meet their obligations, maintain the optimum output of your solar system, and aids in preserving your investment in your solar system. Therefore ECS Deep Clean Industries advises our client that cleaning of solar panels should take place at the beginning of winter for the colder months or every 6 months. Solar panel maintenance is necessary before winter. As the season's change, dust accumulates on your photovoltaic panels which affect the capacity of which the solar panel is able to catch and transform the sun rays into energy.

Solar panel maintenance is an important step in maintaining the optimal output of your solar system. Let ECS Deep Clean Industries help preserve your investment by opting for our professional cleaning solar panel services. 

ECS Deep Clean Industries have been in the deep cleaning industry for many years and has extensive experience in the cleaning industry. Phone us today for professional service delivered every time.

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We all know the provisions that have been put in place by Government that we must adhere to for businesses to be operational. And during these financially difficult times, all businesses must be innovative towards their new approach to how business should be conducted.

To curb and help prevent the spread of the virus in workplaces, we need to ensure a safe working environment for each employee as well as ensure that clients enter the premises that adhere to the latest Government regulations.

According to the latest regulations, it stipulates that every public institution, such as schools, restaurants, and industrial kitchens should be sanitized each day to ensure a safe working environment for the following day.

ECS Deep Clean Industries takes this matter very seriously and therefore we expanded our services to accommodate the amount of industrial and restaurant institutions that need to be sanitized on a daily basis. Being in the deep cleaning industry for many years and ample experience, we are fully capable of sanitizing business such as industrial kitchens and restaurants as stipulated by law under the current lockdown level 3 conditions.

ECS Deep Clean Industries can sanitize your restaurant and industrial kitchen and supply you with a certificate upon completion of sanitation.

ECS Deep Clean Industries specialize in the field of deep cleaning and sanitation of restaurants and industrial kitchens but we have many other services to offer. Visit our services page on our website to see the other services we have to offer.


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Different parts of an extractor fan and their functions.

Extractor fans are composed of many different components but consists of three main components which we will take a look at today: a skirt or capture panel to contain the rising gases (also known as the "effluent plume"), one or more grease filters, and a fan or tangential blower for forced ventilation.

The first component we will be discussing is the different types of filters. There are different types of filters depending on the type of extractor fan you have installed. The first filter we will look at is the baffle grease filter.

What is a baffle grease filter?

Baffle grease filters are installed to manage commercial kitchen grease and regulate exhaust ventilation and are generally made of stainless steel. Baffle grease filters safely guard the exhaust vents to keep flames or flammable debris from entering the ducts, and they capture grease vapors and particles to prevent them from building up in the ventilation system.

What is a charcoal filter?

The charcoal filter is fitted to recirculating cooker hoods to removing the cooking odors, they are positioned above the grease filter so that the air passing through them is free of grease. Charcoal filters cannot be cleaned but need to be replaced about every 9 to 12 months, but this does depend upon the usage of the cooker.

Now for the fan. What is the purpose of the fan?

The mechanical fan is above the stove or cooktop in the kitchen. It removes airborne grease, combustion products, smoke, odors, heat, and steam from the air by evacuation of the air and filtration.

Why do I need to know what the functions are of the extractor fan and the different components?

It is important for a restaurant owner to know what is going on in the kitchen and how the systems operate as well as arrange for the necessary cleaning of these systems.

As a business owner, you need to ensure that your commercial kitchen is complying with the National Health Regulations and have the necessary appliances installed and cleaned at frequent intervals. A failing health inspection grade halts operations and results in high repair or cleaning costs depending on the reason for failing. This can also result in loss of revenue.

Site Inspection can be a frustrating and stressful experience. And infractions can have a major impact on your business. Cleaning is incredibly important in the foodservice industry for preventing cross-contamination and passing site inspections and health inspections. It’s imperative that you clean your business regularly and thoroughly. But, with so many things to clean in a restaurant, it can be difficult to remember all the individual cleaning tasks that you need to take care of and how regularly you need to clean your equipment. 

Hiring an experienced company like ECS Deep Clean Industries who is certified and affiliated with and/or endorsed by Governmental Agencies and Independent Associations, you are sure to pass any health inspection. Upon completion of the inspection, ECS Deep Clean Industries will provide you with the necessary certification. 

ECS Deep Clean Industries specializes in the replacement of all major components of extractor fans, installation, and the deep cleaning of your commercial kitchen. Our services are in accordance with SANS regulations. The cleaning service of ECS Deep Clean Industries includes the specialized cleaning of the canopy, filters, tanks, fat traps, ventilation, chimney ducting, fan motor and cowls.

ECS – Your one-stop Deep Cleaning specialist.