Protect Your Roof From The Hazards Of Grease Damage

A little grease never hurt anyone, right?

Actually, grease can cause significant damage. In addition to being a fire hazard, it can degrade your roof, putting your property, employees and customers at risk. Our professionals here at Station 96 are trained and ready to protect you with the best and latest practices in grease containment.

 

What is grease containment?

You likely already have at least the bare essentials for grease containment. For example, the grease catch in your kitchen’s exhaust hood. This helps trap the airborne grease as you vent out the air from your kitchen. However, this typically does not get rid of all the grease. Which means grease leaks out onto your roof through the exhaust.

Grease on your roof leads to the deterioration of the roofing material, as well as a host of other unwanted side effects. Rooftop grease containment involves installing the right equipment for preventing grease from spilling out and causing damage to your roof.

 

Why invest in better grease containment?

You have a grease catch on the hood in your kitchen, so why invest more money in grease containment? The hazards of grease leaking out onto your roof include:

  • Rooftop Grease Containment Is Required by Law

    • If no other reason is enough to convince you to use a rooftop grease containment system, perhaps this one will. Simply stated, they are required by the law. The NFPA 96 fire code requires all commercial cooking operations to install an approved grease collection system for each rooftop exhaust fan. You may even find that your lease agreement, roof warranty, or insurance company also require one.

  • Protects Your Property from Roof & Structural Damage

    • The most obvious way that a rooftop grease containment system protects your business is by keeping fats, oils, and grease from collecting on the surface of your roof. Grease and oil deposits that build up on your rooftop will breakdown your roof membrane. No matter what your roof is made of, grease will eventually damage it. Roof leaks start off small, but eventually they will become bigger and make their way into your kitchen and dining areas. Structural damage from leaks can put the entire building at risk.

  • Reduces Safety Hazards

    • Another benefit of properly containing rooftop grease is that they reduce safety hazards – both on and off your roof. “Out of sight, out of mind,” is not a solution when it comes to rooftop grease that comes from a kitchen exhaust system. Most restaurant owners, landlords, and property managers rarely inspect the roof’s condition and easily overlook the unseen effects and possible impact that the buildup of rooftop grease can have on a cooking establishment. A damaged roof puts maintenance workers and others at risk. Even a small grease spill on your roof can pose a serious slip and fall hazard. If the grease spill starts to runoff your roof, it can cause safety and liability concerns for people walking below.

  • Protects the Environment and Reduces Health Hazards

    • Rooftop grease presents additional hazards you may be unaware of that could end up costing you a lot of money. If you allow grease-contaminated runoff to enter the storm water or sewer system, you could be looking at big fines from the EPA. Rooftop grease will easily runoff the roof and onto the sidewalks or road when it rains or snows and pollute the water when it enters the storm drains. Inspectors routinely test for code violations and can trace grease runoff to its source. Violators are required to perform the necessary cleanup as well as pay any fines.

  • Reduces Risk of Fire

    • Have you ever had to deal with a fire in your commercial kitchen? Even if the damage is minimal, the costs for repair and restoration paired with the disruption to operations can sometimes be so devastating that you have no other choice than to simply close your business. Did you know that rooftop grease is just as dangerous as grease build-up in your kitchen exhaust hood? Something as small as an electrical short in a fan or even a strike of lightning can cause a grease-saturated roof to go up in flames. If a fire starts elsewhere in the ventilation system, you can be sure that it will move up through the ductwork and to the roof causing the fire to spread across the rooftop.

 

What are my options?

You can either purchase a system from us and try to remember to monitor it yourself or you can sign up for our Grease Management Program.  As part of your Grease Management Program, we will monitor your rooftop conditions on a agreed upon schedule. At the time of service, the condition of the roof will always be noted on the after service report. We will make recommendations on how to help prevent future accumulation of grease on the rooftop. There are many different types of grease containment units that we can purchase and install for you. Let us help you determine which unit works best for your facility's rooftop.

 

Call 850 396-1208 today.

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