"Welcome to the real world."
I agree that one man crews are a reality in some stretches of the hood cleaning world. And Dave is right I tried not to mention the condition of the hood and exhaust due to the fact "I am in-experienced as Hood Cleaner" but not untrained.
Josh, who is experienced on their very first job under their own company banner. It takes an experience to get the experience(Agree)
Fact - I wanted the job and knew that the exhaust system had never been cleaned in the last ten years. Welcome to the real world, Yes they are out there.
Sure the hood and filters get wiped down by the staff and it looks semi-maintained to any would be inspector.
Before I took the job I completely inspected the system and performed some fan maintenance to get the fan working again, the automotive belt that was on the fan was so stretched out, it would not even turn the fan. Got the fan working at the proper speed with the right belt.
This was a Mexican restaurant that seats about 50 people. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week.
The grease in the flue was about 1/8" thick but it was hard as a rock and abrasive to the touch. Beneath the top layer was carbonized grease or some black stuff not sure what to call it. It was tough to get off. Scraping was not as effective as Rotomax and chemical.
The point I'm trying to make here is this:
I can see that a ONE MAN CREW is possible if the system is being maintained on a regular basis. And I will probably employ this technique again but, not on an initial cleaning and certainly not on neglected systems. ("I feel the experience coursing through my veins")
Yes I think I understand how the schools work when they take the student to the field. It has been cleaned three to six months prior or less but, it has been cleaned prior no matter what the interval is. (Admit it!)
I am just trying to add contrast to this thread so that any want-to-be hood cleaner that reads this thread can have a real world example of what can happen in this field. As for the the One Man School of Hood Cleaning I was making a suggestion not a pun.
My in-experience tells me it took Ten hours because it had never been cleaned. But I did finish the job and the owner paid me extra, he was there and saw what I was dealing with. He is a good man. And wants me to come back on regular intervals.
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