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At Bryan Exhaust Service, we pride ourselves on being experts in restoring neglected restaurant kitchen exhaust systems. In this blog post, we’ll take you through a challenging project we completed last year in Burbank, CA, where we cleaned and restored a kitchen exhaust hood system that had been overlooked for years.

Bryan Exhaust Service is a proud local hood cleaning company, located in Burbank and serving the community and the San Fernando Valley for over 45 years. As a family-owned and operated business, we understand the importance of delivering top-quality service and maintaining strong relationships with our customers. In addition to our expertise in hood cleaning, we have a dedicated repair department to handle any kitchen exhaust system repairs, ensuring the complete satisfaction of our clients. With our commitment to excellence, we continue to be the preferred choice for restaurant owners in the area.

The Wake-up Call:

The restaurant owner contacted us after the Fire Department urged them to have their kitchen exhaust system cleaned. They wanted to work with a local company, and since they had been operating for nine years without ever having it cleaned, they knew they needed professionals. That’s when they reached out to us.

Initial Inspection:

Upon arrival at the restaurant, our team discovered that the entire exhaust system was coated in rock-hard grease. The exhaust system inspector determined that a full top-to-bottom restorative cleaning was necessary to meet the NFPA #96 Guidelines. It was clear that previous maintenance had been superficial, with horizontal and vertical ductwork neglected or left uncleaned. Other issues we discovered included the need for fan belt replacement, regular 365-day preventative maintenance, exhaust fan hinge installation for safe cleaning, and addressing the fire hazard posed by the excessive grease buildup.

The Cleaning Process:

Our technicians, certified by the National Association of Kitchen Exhaust Degreasers, got to work using custom-built kitchen exhaust cleaning tools to manually scrape away the hardened grease. The team then applied our exclusive MGA Foaming Technology, a highly effective foaming degreaser that penetrates and breaks down the grease, making it easy to rinse off. Our skilled and certified professionals ensured that the entire exhaust system was thoroughly cleaned and restored to meet NFPA 96, IKECA and NAKED standards.

The before and after photos from this project truly showcase the effectiveness of our certified cleaners, specialized exhaust cleaning tools, and MGA Foaming Technology. The once dangerously dirty and neglected kitchen exhaust system was now clean, safe, and functioning efficiently. Our dedicated team had transformed the exhaust system, ensuring the restaurant was compliant with fire safety regulations and providing peace of mind for the owner.


No job is too challenging for the team at Bryan Exhaust Service. Our expertise in hood cleaning and kitchen exhaust system restoration has helped countless restaurants maintain a safe and efficient working environment. If your kitchen exhaust system needs attention, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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