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Halo Restoration Services helps to ensure cooking grease doesn’t destroy your roof with grease containment systems suitable for your commercial cooking operation.

Benefits of Grease Containment Systems

Many types of grease will eat their way through the petroleum base of rubber roof membranes. A grease containment system mitigates this potential damage by capturing grease from kitchen exhaust fans before it ever reaches the roof’s surface. Grease is stored in the containment system and is maintained during regular exhaust hood cleaning service.

Reduce Fire Hazards & Excessive Liability

Excess grease buildup is excellent fuel for fires. If a fire starts in the kitchen and moves its way through the ducts, or if a spark makes it up through the fan, the roof has a much easier chance of catching fire when covered in grease and oil. This excessive liability can easily be prevented by simply containing the grease before it reaches the roof.

Prevent Costly Roof Repairs & Voided Warranties

If damage to the roof is caused by grease and oil contamination, manufacturers will often not cover the cost. In fact, some manufacturers require a sacrificial layer of membrance to be installed near exhaust fans for this very reason. Grease and oil buildup is a leading cause of roof deterioration in roofs of commercial cooking operations.

Comply with OSHA, NFPA & EPA Regulations

Grease containment systems help you comply with OSHA by preventing slip & fall accidents, help you comply with NFPA by providing a proper exhaust grease trap, and help you comply with the EPA by not allowing the grease, fat, and oils pulled up through the exhaust fan to enter the sewer system.

Halo Brings You Into Compliance

The 1998 edition of the NFPA 96 Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations states in section 4-8.2.1 Rooftop Termination, item (c) that:

The ability to drain grease out of any traps or low points formed in the fan or duct near the termination of the system into a collection container that is noncombustible, closed, rainproof, structurally sound for the service to which it is applied, and will not sustain combustion. A grease collection device that is applied to exhaust system shall not inhibit the performance of any fan.

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After evaluating your kitchen exhaust system and volume of your cooking operation, Halo recommends and installs grease containment systems as necessary for your operation. These systems, when maintained at recommended kitchen exhaust cleaning intervals, prevent grease from collecting on your roof. This limits hazardous work conditions on the roof, provides an approved collection container by NFPA standards, and prevents fats, oil and grease from entering the sewer system, thereby helping to bring you into EPA compliance.

What Is A Grease Containment System?

A grease containment system captures fats, oils and grease (FOG) directly from a kitchen exhaust fan before the FOG reaches the roof’s surface. Several different types of systems exist that are suitable for various cooking volumes.

All systems will protect the areas around the fan and the roof from FOG damage. Well-designed systems prevent FOG from escaping during all weather conditions including heavy rain.

What happens if the rooftop grease containment system is not maintained?

Not only is it important to utilize a rooftop grease containment system, it’s also important that it’s cleaned on a regular schedule according to the cooking volume of your kitchen. There are several risks involved when your grease containment system is not properly or routinely cleaned, including:

  1. Fire Risk: One of the most dangerous risks to not keeping a grease containment system maintained is the risk of fire. Grease build-up on the roof can provide fuel for severe restaurant fires. A recent study found that nearly one in five restaurant fires is due to the consistent failure of that institution to properly clean the entirety of the kitchen exhaust system.
  2. Roof Damage: In addition to these safety hazards and their corresponding heavy fines from organizations intending to incentivize safety, another large safety concern is roof damage. Grease that makes it up through the exhaust fan to the roof can often damage the roof and cause it to soften, split, crack, blister, warp, and/or lose stability. These forms of deterioation can lead the roofing system to collapse and cause injury and/or require costly repairs.
  3. Financial Risks: Immediately following the safety and health of you, your employees, and your customers is always the survival of the business. If damage is inflicted to any part of your commercial cooking operation, it can not only involve costly repairs, but also loss of revenue when shut down for reconstruction or repair. On an even simpler level, though, health and safety concerns are just bad press, and bad press dissuades customers from dining in your establishment.
  4. Environmental Concerns: Grease can run off and make its mark on the environment, often at the cost of the natural animals and their habitats. Grease tends to runoff and contaminate the water if it is allowed the time to build up and cause problems.

Grease Containment Systems Are Essential For Safely Operating Restaurants

A grease containment system will protect the areas around the fan and the roof from grease damage. They are designed to capture the grease and oils that will flow out of the hood exhaust fan. To properly protect your investment, the entire kitchen exhaust system needs to be cleaned on a regular basis and the exhaust fan should have grease containment system in place.

Halo Restoration Services uses a combination of pressure washing and a degreasing chemical to remove the accumulated grease and oil from your roofing system. A thorough rooftop cleaning, followed by the installation of a grease containment system will help eliminate roof deterioration, costly roof replacements, unsafe work areas and voided roof warranties.

Call Halo today at (214) 838-2200 for a free evaluation of your kitchen exhaust system.

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