Posts by Darren Broderick

HVAC Maintenance – What Are Your Obligations?

The responsibilities of a facility manager relating to the ongoing maintenance of a buildings’ HVAC system are clearly outlined in the applicable Australian standard – AS/NZ 3666.2:2011.

The title of this standard is “Air-handling and water systems of buildings – Microbial control Part 2: Operation & maintenance“. As the title indicates, it’s critical that HVAC systems and air-handling systems are maintained in order to control microorganisms accumulating in building air systems.

The standard explicitly mentions the following 5 parts of an HVAC system that must be part of a maintenance program:

1 – OUTDOOR AIR INTAKES & EXHAUSTS

Frequency  – Monthly

Inspect, clean or replace where necessary.

2 – AIR FILTERS

Frequency  – Monthly

Inspect, clean or replace where necessary.

3 – HUMIDIFIERS

Frequency  – Monthly

Inspect, clean or replace where necessary.

4 – EVAPORATIVE AIR-COOLING EQUIPMENT

Frequency  – At least every 3 Months

Inspect, clean or replace where necessary.

5 – DUCTS & COMPONENTS

Frequency  – Depending on component between 1 Month & 12 months

Inspect, clean or replace where necessary.

Components include:

  • Coils
  • Trays & Sumps
  • Condensate drains, tundishes & traps
  • Ductwork
  • Fans
  • Terminal Units
  • Supply air outlets
  • Return air & relief air grilles

The standard also outlines the need for the existence of Maintenance Manuals and Maintenance Records.

The Maintenance Manual should include details of the maintenance management program including plant servicing, cleaning schedules, and replacement periods for equipment items and components.

Maintenance Records should include:

  1. Date and nature of service performed.
  2. Results of periodic testing.
  3. Details of defects found and remedial procedure undertaken.
  4. The name of the person and company performing the service.

Maintenance manuals and Maintenance Service Records shall be readily available at the site for inspection by regulatory authority upon request.

For the purpose of maintenance management, the maintenance service records shall be retained for a period as required by the regulatory authority.

Clean Air Filtration Services can manage all your HVAC maintenance requirements. We can maintain Maintenance records and ensure that your building, hospital or factory is compliant.

Kitchen Canopy & Exhaust Cleaning & The Risk Of Fire

Commercial kitchen fires due to improper canopy cleaning or kitchen exhaust cleaning practises, continue to be a problem for restaurants across Melbourne with a number of high-profile fires occurring in 2017. These fires suggest the existence of an ‘awareness’ problem amongst facility managers, restaurant owners and service providers.

It’s important that all stakeholders understand the risks in order to save lives, businesses, and careers. Remember that it’s not just the restaurant that’s in danger. Many restaurants share complex duct exhaust systems with multi-storied residential developments. Commercial kitchen fires often spread through the duct systems and into these residential apartments.

A fire can start as a result of an issue with the kitchen canopy cleaning or a kitchen exhaust system cleaning practises. People often ask us how often kitchen exhaust systems should be professionally cleaned. However, often this is a difficult question to answer as it will depend upon kitchen usage and practises within the kitchen.

The Damage

Commercial kitchen exhaust fires can be intense with temperatures reaching 1,000 Degrees Celsius. Almost 90% of kitchen fires spread into kitchen canopy exhaust systems.

Many restaurants never re-open after a kitchen fire and many insurance policies reject claims when kitchen exhaust systems and canopies have not been adequately cleaned.

Greasy exhausts and canopies are a major reason why fires spread. Grease can leak out of duct joints causing a fire to spread to the outside of the ductwork and through a building.

Grease Filters Need To Be Managed

Grease filters are designed to collect grease and by their very nature are fire hazards. In fact, a recent ‘Bulletin’ by AIRAH (Australian Institute Of Refrigeration, Ait Conditioning & Heating) states that:

“A fire within the duct system generally occurs due to the ignition of flamable material that has built up at the grease re,mocal device (filters)” AIRAH, 20116

Proper maintenance and management of grease filters will prevent some fires from occurring. Clean Air Filtration offers Australia’s best Grease Filter Cleaning & Filter Exchange Service.

You Are Legally Responsible – We Are Here To Help

The Australian standard AS 1851-2012 outlines the minimum inspection, maintenance and record-keeping requirements for fire kitchen exhaust systems.

Clean Air Filtration understand and ensure your responsibilities are met. Leave the details to us and call us on   (03) 9303 9661

ACDC Lane – Fire In Commercial Kitchen Duct Exhaust System Creates Havoc

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ACDC Lane Melbourne - Commercial Kitchen Fire Shook Them 'All Night Long'

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Punters at a popular Melbourne restaurant were shaken 'all night long' in ACDC Lane last week due to a fire in exhaust ducts of the restaurant's commercial kitchen.

In addition, residents in a connected apartment building were evacuated as smoke from the fire billowed up through the duct system shared by both the commercial kitchen and the apartment block.

Fire sprinklers and fire alarms were set off throughout the residential building, with damage to both the commercial kitchen and apartment block.

Clean Air Filtration does not know the details relating to this particular fire. However, more generally, it is another reminder for both Restaurant Owners and Owner Corporations of how important it is to regularly clean commercial kitchens.

Many stakeholders do not realise that insurance policies relating to fire damage to restaurants and commercial kitchens are invalid if the commercial kitchen does not comply with commercial kitchen cleaning regulations as per Australian standard A.S. 1851-2005.

So, as well as dealing with the short-term issues relating to the fire clean up, restaurant owners may also fall foul of insurance companies and their fire policies.

In many cases, this will result in the closure of the restaurant as repair bills mount for both the restaurant and surrounding apartment blocks.

Owners Corporations of residential apartment buildings with commercial kitchens operating within the building should also take note. Avoidance is a better outcome than having to work through a ‘can of worms’ relating to a non-compliant commercial kitchen cleaning strategy.

Owners Corporations are advised to be ‘hands on’ when it comes to ensuring all commercial kitchens under their control have a compliant kitchen cleaning process in place.

Although the obligation to comply with commercial kitchen cleaning regulations lies with the restaurant owner, this knowledge will be no consolation if a kitchen fire guts your building.

Australian standard A.S. 1851-2005 outlines that a commercial kitchen duct exhaust system must be professionally cleaned in a twelve month period in order to comply.

Clean Air Filtration’s extensive range of duct cleaning and commercial kitchen cleaning services include:

  • Grease Cleaning and Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Service
  • Full Commercial Kitchen Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Kitchen Grease Filter Exchange Service
  • Canopy and Duct Work System Cleaning
  • Commercial high-pressure steam cleaning
  • Programmed Maintenance Scheduling

Top 4 Reasons To Clean Your Air Ducts

  1. Protect against sickness
  2. Protect against litigation
  3. Protect against fire
  4. Reduce HVAC Operating costs

Our Preventative Maintenance Process

  1. Systematic Video Inspection
  2. Conduct Air Quality Tests
  3. Make Recommendations
  4. HVAC Cleaning
  5. Present comprehensive Final Report

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

  1. Reduction in Dust
  2. Reduction in Bacterias and Allergens
  3. Superior Indoor Air Quality

Shopping Centres

Shopping Centres

Clean Air Filtration Services offer many specialised cleaning services for Shopping Centres

  • Commercial Kitchen Exhaust System Cleaning
  • Commercial Grease Filter Exchange Service
  • General Cleaning, Samitising and Steam Cleaning
  • Commercial / Industrial Ductwork Cleaning
  • Plant Room Maintenance
  • Indoor Air Quality Auditing and Testing
  • Scheduled Maintenance and Reporting Service
  • Robocam Digital Video HVAC Inspection System
  • Mould Remediation and Protection
  • Air Filter Auditing and Maintenance

Clean Air Filtration Services takes great pride in meeting all the “Australian Standards” for building codes and indoor air quality such as;

  • AS 1851-2005 Maintenance of Fire Protection Systems and Equipment.
  • AS 1668 Ventilation and Mechanical Maintenance of Air Conditioning Systems.
  • AS/NZS 3666:1995 Air-Handling and Water Systems of Buildings, Microbial Control, Part 1 & 2: Design Installation and Commissioning

Top 4 Reasons To Clean Your Air Ducts

  1. Protect against sickness
  2. Protect against litigation
  3. Protect against fire
  4. Reduce HVAC Operating costs

Our Preventative Maintenance Process

  1. Systematic Video Inspection
  2. Conduct Air Quality Tests
  3. Make Recommendations
  4. HVAC Cleaning
  5. Present comprehensive Final Report

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

  1. Reduction in Dust
  2. Reduction in Bacterias and Allergens
  3. Superior Indoor Air Quality

Aged Care Facilities

Aged Care Facilities

Clean Air Filtration Services offer many specialised cleaning services for Aged Care Facilities such as:

We are also able to add further value by carrying out:

  • Indoor Air Quality Testing
  • Kitchen Grease Filter Exchange Service
  • Scheduled Maintenance and Reporting Service
  • Video/ Photographic Reporting
  • Mould Remediation and Protection

Top 4 Reasons To Clean Your Air Ducts

  1. Protect against sickness
  2. Protect against litigation
  3. Protect against fire
  4. Reduce HVAC Operating costs

Our Preventative Maintenance Process

  1. Systematic Video Inspection
  2. Conduct Air Quality Tests
  3. Make Recommendations
  4. HVAC Cleaning
  5. Present comprehensive Final Report

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

  1. Reduction in Dust
  2. Reduction in Bacterias and Allergens
  3. Superior Indoor Air Quality

Restaurants – Commercial Kitchen Cleaning

Restaurants - Commercial Kitchen Cleaning

We give you peace of mind and confidence that you are prepared for regular and random inspections by Health Officials.

Our extensive range of services include:

Cleaning commercial kitchens is a tough and demanding job that is something extremely frustrating. However, it can be made easier and cleaner by Clean Air Filtration Services Pty. Ltd. We have the expertise and know-how to efficiently and effectively clean your commercial kitchen.

We offer a full commercial kitchen cleaning and sanitising service - (Ovens, Hot Plates, Deep Fryers, Floors, Walls and Ceilings).

These systems are thoroughly degreased, through the use of manual, steam and pressure hot wash systems, from the canopy through duct work to the fan and outlet.

To support this cleaning service, a comprehensive filter exchange program is available.

Minimum requirement for the cleaning of Kitchen Exhaust systems as per Australian Standard A.S. 1851-2005 is annual cleaning or as required upon inspection.

Even the most efficient extraction filters cannot remove all grease and dirt from the air. Over time, a layer of grease and dirt is deposited on the surfaces of ventilation ducts, canopies and extractor fans.

Not only does this cause an environmental health hazard by providing a breeding ground for bacteria and foul odours, it also reduces the efficiency of your extraction system and is a major fire risk.

Maintenance is required on a regular basis.

We give you peace of mind and confidence that you are prepared for regular and random inspections by Health Officials.

Top 4 Reasons To Clean Your Air Ducts

  1. Protect against sickness
  2. Protect against litigation
  3. Protect against fire
  4. Reduce HVAC Operating costs

Our Preventative Maintenance Process

  1. Systematic Video Inspection
  2. Conduct Air Quality Tests
  3. Make Recommendations
  4. HVAC Cleaning
  5. Present comprehensive Final Report

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

  1. Reduction in Dust
  2. Reduction in Bacterias and Allergens
  3. Superior Indoor Air Quality

Petrol & Service Stations

Petrol Stations

Clean Air Filtration Services Provides Professional Cleaning and Maintenance Services for Petrol & Service Stations all over Melbourne and Victoria.

We are primarily involved in the cleaning of the forecourts (especially around diesel pumps) and Canopies (removing any debris caused by birds and general car emissions) to eliminate any OH&S issues in the interest of public safety.

We are currently providing these services to Woolworths Limited throughout Melbourne VIC, NSW and QLD.

Whether it’s just a quick clean up around the forecourt pumps or full site clean, we can help.

  • Canopy cleaning – top, sides and under sheeting
  • Car wash and jet wash bay cleaning – our unique cleaning processes will remove the dirt, grime, mould, mildew and oxidation that gather on all surfaces and will restore and rejuvenate your car wash bay and equipment
  • External building fabrication – looking after the appearance of your building will impress your customers and investors and maintain the value of your building
  • Canopy fascia and signage
  • Forecourt surface cleaning
  • Complete signage cleaning – building signage, canopy signage, pole signage and all branded signage
  • Petrol pumps and petrol pump islands

Top 4 Reasons To Clean Your Air Ducts

  1. Protect against sickness
  2. Protect against litigation
  3. Protect against fire
  4. Reduce HVAC Operating costs

Our Preventative Maintenance Process

  1. Systematic Video Inspection
  2. Conduct Air Quality Tests
  3. Make Recommendations
  4. HVAC Cleaning
  5. Present comprehensive Final Report

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

  1. Reduction in Dust
  2. Reduction in Bacterias and Allergens
  3. Superior Indoor Air Quality

Day In the Life of a Melbourne Duct Cleaner

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Day In the Life of a Melbourne Duct Cleaner

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A typical day in the life of a Clean Air Filtration employee involves getting your hands dirty - often very dirty.

Recently, after arriving at a Melbourne restaurant and inspecting the kitchen exhaust, ducts, and kitchen canopy, we could see it was one of those occasions:

It obviously hadn't been cleaned for a number of years. There was nothing left to do except roll up our sleeves and get stuck in.

This situation is quite typical says Clean Air Filtration CEO Darren Broderick:

I'm not concerned for our guys. This experience was just another 'day in the life' for our employees who do a fabulous job cleaning some very dirty kitchen exhaust systems. Our guys are certainly willing and able to clean anything that they come across.

However, it's the risk of fire that really worries me. By not cleaning the grease laden kitchen exhausts and ducts, the restaurant is opening themselves up to huge fire risks.

Several Melbourne restaurants have been consumed by kitchen fires in the last few years. These fires originated in kitchen flues and canopies.

To prevent fire hazards like these maintenance is required on a regular basis. It is important to be aware if the exhaust system has not been professionally cleaned in a twelve month period, as per A.S 1851 rev 2005, your building is non-compliant resulting in restaurant shutdowns or even no insurance for the fire.

Your first line of defence should be to have your kitchen exhaust cleaned regularly. Clean Air Filtration’s extensive range of duct cleaning services include:

  • Grease/ Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Service
  • Electrostatic SMOG HOG Exchange and Service
  • Kitchen Grease Filter Exchange Service
  • Full Commercial Kitchen Cleaning / Sanitising
  • Canopy and Duct Work System Cleaning
  • Commercial High Pressure Steam Cleaning
  • Programmed Maintenance Scheduling

Top 4 Reasons To Clean Your Air Ducts

  1. Protect against sickness.
  2. Protect against litigation.
  3. Protect against fire.
  4. Reduce HVAC Operating costs.

Our Preventative Maintenance Process

  1. Systematic Video Inspection.
  2. Conduct Air Quality Tests.
  3. Make Recommendations.
  4. HVAC Cleaning.
  5. Present comprehensive Final Report.

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

  1. Reduction in Dust.
  2. Reduction in Bacterias and Allergens.
  3. Superior Indoor Air Quality.

Airport Terminals – Heating, Exhaust & Air Quality

Airport Terminals - Heating, Exhaust & Air Quality

QANTAS managed through JLL, employs Clean Air and has done so for the past eight years for all their terminals, for essential services in HVAC, commercial industrial, preventative maintenance.

I have dealt with Clean Air Filtration since 2013, during which time they have provided our business in Quantas Domestic & International Terminal and Catering with excellent support in the Areas of HVAC remediation services, air vent/grill cleaning, commercial industrial ductwork cleaning, air Handling Unit H/C coil, etc.

I can confidently recommend Clean Air Filtration Ltd as a solid and reliable supplier, and experts in their field.

Roy Allan Tiangco

Facilities Manager - Qantas Account

Qantas Domestic Terminal, Tullamarine, VIC 3043

Top 4 Reasons To Clean Your Air Ducts

  1. Protect against sickness
  2. Protect against litigation
  3. Protect against fire
  4. Reduce HVAC Operating costs

Our Preventative Maintenance Process

  1. Systematic Video Inspection
  2. Conduct Air Quality Tests
  3. Make Recommendations
  4. HVAC Cleaning
  5. Present comprehensive Final Report

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

  1. Reduction in Dust
  2. Reduction in Bacterias and Allergens
  3. Superior Indoor Air Quality

Supermarkets – Woolworths

Supermarkets – Woolworths

We have manage and maintain the Preventative Maintenance schedules for both filter exchange and exhaust system cleaning and duct cleaning for ALH Woolworths sites in Melbourne, country Victoria, and Tasmania,

This equates to 2,370 services per annum.

Top 4 Reasons To Clean Your Air Ducts

  1. Protect against sickness
  2. Protect against litigation
  3. Protect against fire
  4. Reduce HVAC Operating costs

Our Preventative Maintenance Process

  1. Systematic Video Inspection
  2. Conduct Air Quality Tests
  3. Make Recommendations
  4. HVAC Cleaning
  5. Present comprehensive Final Report

Benefits of Duct Cleaning

  1. Reduction in Dust
  2. Reduction in Bacterias and Allergens
  3. Superior Indoor Air Quality