Monday, July 2, 2012

Southwest Foodservice Show Drawing camera WINNER

We had our drawing for a camera on Tuesday evening at the Southwest Foodservice Show at the Dallas Convention Center. This was for a new Olympus TG310 Waterproof Shockproof Duct Inspection camera. The winner was:   
** Ruben Puentes from the The Good Luck CafĂ© on 3813 Alameda, El Paso, TX **
Thank you so much to Alexis Bennett of Mooyah for assisting in the drawing!! Thank you for all that entered the drawing and stopped by our booth. We are looking forward to serving all of our new customers and appreciated meeting with our current customers at the show. It was a huge success. 
Don Pfleiderer

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Halton authorized service and parts

We are proud to announce that Enviromatic Corporation is now part of the authorized Halton Parts and Service network. Customers will be able to purchase Halton and Ventmaster parts through our Virospec exhaust system parts division. Customers may also call for authorized service of Halton and Ventmaster systems through our 800 number. KEC customers with Halton and Ventmaster systems can have a piece of mind knowing knowledgable staff are handling their systems. The new highly efficient but complicated systems often require extra care from factory trained personnel during the cleaning processes to help prevent expensive damages and repairs. These damages can come from untrained staff not properly taking the care needed to protect these system components. We look forward to serving all Halton customers in our area.

Links to good MN city sites grease hood exhaust programs and permits

False Advertising?? Questions to ask your Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning company if they make these claims!

These were actual statements posted on a web site by a kitchen exhaust cleaning company

Cleaning and inspection vendor qualifications that were listed:                             FACT: These qualitfications listed below ARE ACTUALLY NOT QUALIFICATIONS!!  Ther are in fact outright LIES!

  1. We are in good standing with the International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaners Association These guys have never been associated, been a member, or ever been certified by IKECA!! This is a classic trying to claim something that they clearly are not!!. Make they show you their IKECA's letter of good standing or membership papers, or certification cards!! 
  2. ******* has trained specialist with IKECA training                                                                          There is NO SUCH THING as IKECA training. IKECA is a tax exempt industry trade group and independent certification body only. They do NOT train cleaners or cleaning companies. IKECA certainly could never trained anyone at this company. Make them show you the training certification (which cannot exist)  
  3. We have a close working relationship with local Fire Departments and Fire Inspectors Everybody has a close working relationship with the local inspectors as it is required in most cities. Some companies have too close of a relationship in a bad way when failing jobs. Make sure that is not the case with your kitchen exhaust cleaning company!!  

SW Foodservice Show

Hope to see everyone at the Southwest Foodservice Show this weekend. We will be in Booth 441. There will be a drawing for a waterproof/Shockproof Olympus Digital camera for doing grease exhaust inspections or for whatever else you like to take pictures of. We will also have plenty of Viro Blue pens for all and a couple of monopods to hand out. In addition, a full size Viroguard will be in the booth. Don Pfleiderer and Andrew Watson will be manning the booth with visits from the local Dallas crews during the weekend. Please stop by to say hi and sign up for the drawing. The show runs Sunday and Monday June 24-25th from 10:30AM to 5:00PM each day.

California June 20th Seminar

Thanks you to all the area fire inspectors attending the exhaust system seminar in Oceanside, California Wednesday. What a nice area and at least 20 degrees cooler than what I left in Mpls and what I will see this weekend in Dallas, TX. Oceanside is located on the Pacific coast between San Diego and Los Angelus for those not familiar with the area. Also in attendance was a KEC vendor from the Palm Springs area looking into joining IKECA. He has been in the KEC business in both Colorado and now Southern California for over 10 years now. From my discussions with him, his company would be a welcome addition to our organization. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

In March of 2012, We welcomed our Texas Area manager in charge of the Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Arkansas areas. He brings aboard vast Restaurant management and construction experience and fits our vision of unequaled quality in customer service and grease exhaust cleaning.  Please feel free to contact him with your exhaust system needs. You may contact Andrew through our toll free line, 800-325-8476. Andrew will be headquartered out of our regional office in Houston. Also, with the January opening of our new offices in Ocala Florida with our Florida area supervisor Jerry Oliver , Greg Smith has been promoted to Southeastern Regional Supervisor. He is headquartered out of our Atlanta Regional office. Greg is in charge of the SE United States. This area includes Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Congratulation to Joe Houston, Colorado supervisor working out of our Denver shop. In addition to his CECS credentials from IKECA. He is now a CESI (certified inspector).

Upcoming Grease exhaust Inspection/DesignSeminars

*Thursday, May 17th , 2012
9am to 3pm
Polish Community Center
225 Washington Avenue Ext.
Albany, NY  12205

*Friday, May 18th, 2012
9am to 3pm
Capitol Plaza
100 State Street
Montpelier, VT  05602
People can register by calling 518-793-9274 or emailing

* Wednesday June 20, 2012
9:00AM- Noon
Fire Inspection Seminar for Souther CA Code officials
330 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA

*Friday Jan 17, 2013
State of Utah Winter Fire School-2013
Dixie Convention Center
St George, Utah
Contact: Oliver Moore, Utah Deputy State Fire Marshal,

Course outline(6 hour course, shorter courses will be 1st half only):
Kitchen Grease Exhaust Vent Systems: Proper
installation, maintenance, and inspection.
PART 1 Maintenance and inspections (60 Minutes)
1) Cause and effect: Grease buildup causes and effects.
a) What is all this buildup in the ductwork and what to do about it
b) What quality is for grease exhaust cleaning.
c) NFPA and how ASNI standards work
e) Pictures and articles on fires that resulted from inadequate cleanings.
f) Grease Fire statistics.
2) Quick look at Standard cleaning
a) Setup
b) Cleaning in progress
c) Before and after pictures of extreme buildups
d) Proper Documentations and pictures
e) Proper cleanup
f) Hood and access stickers (documentation)
3) Inspections and examples
a) NFPA96 Standards- new 2011 changes
b) Insurance regulations
c) Permit programs
d) Looking into the systems. Why inaccessible areas cannot be allowed.
e) Measuring the grease and the grease comb
f) Checking hidden areas outside the duct
g) Checking rooftop areas and fans
h) Several examples of hidden areas found by proper inspection showing
inadequate cleanings (all examples were just completed work)
4) National Inspection program proper inspection technics
a) What is the National inspection program and how you can use the concepts?
b) Example of a typical job that passes inspections
c) Examples of jobs that failed inspection with pictures showing why.
d) How the database picture inspection program works with example work
orders and pictures and picture/inspection guidelines.
e) Examples of areas of concern outside the duct covered by the
inspection program including leaking ductwork above hoods
f) How to use and integrate lessons from the National Inspection program into
your own program or scope of work
BREAK- 15 minutes
PART 2 Construction, design, and new Technologies (60 minutes)
1) Type of systems
a) Type 1 systems
b) Proper water leak testing
c) Examples of Non-compliant sealant use on ductwork
c) Type 2 systems- Why they should never be used for grease exhaust
d) Extreme buildup in Type 2 systems
2) Recommended equipment and design guidelines
a) Proper access plate layouts
b) Option for fan hinges on side wall fans
c) The virtual box method for access plates
d) Proper and improper types of access plates
e) Blocked access plates
3) Hoods
a) Water wash style hoods
b) Hood and back wall gaps and effects
c) Hood efficiencies
d) New technologies
4) Fans
a) Types of fans
b) Proper hinges and upblast fan layouts
c) Upblast fan clean out port requirement – updated 2011 NFPA96
d) Safe roof access to fans – updated 2011 NFPA96
e) Rooftop grease and grease containment concepts, units, and examples
f) Environmental units and New technologies including Electronic Precipitator
example, UV filtration systems, high efficiency hood filters, etc.
f) EPA Regulations: Where does all that cleaning solution and grease go?
PART 3: FINAL SUMMARY PAGE/ Q & A session (2-10 minutes)

Don's Bio:

With over 38 years of
experience in the Exhaust System Field
(1974), Don Pfleiderer is the current
president of Enviromatic Corporation. His
accomplishments include various product
patents and many innovative programs for
grease exhaust systems. He is head of a
renowned Envirospection® National
Inspection Program for kitchen grease exhaust systems for some of
North America's largest restaurant chains. He is also an IKECA
certified grease exhaust vent system cleaner (CESC #7308-09, exp
2/15/2013) and inspector (CESI #1001045, exp. 2/15/2014) and a
member of the IKECA - ANSI standards consensus body for kitchen
exhaust systems. Mr. Pfleiderer has done numerous presentations for
the past fifteen years for various Fire, Health, and Building
Departments!(as well as restaurant and building trade groups)
throughout Minnesota, Nebraska, Florida, New York, Massachusetts,
Ohio, Kansas, Texas, Wisconsin, California, Vermont, Utah, Ontario, 
and various other locations in the United States and Canada.
Recently, Mr. Pfleiderer has also been performing and setting
up presentations, training programs, inspections, and grease exhaust
maintenance programs for various nationals restaurant insurance
companies including Nationwide/ Allied insurance, Illinois Casualty
Insurance, and others. Mr. Pfleiderer annually conducts the
Minnesota Building Code Official's certification training for the
University of Minnesota, the State of New York accredited training at
the University of Albany, the Massachusetts!s training at Holyoke,
and just completed performing the inspector/ AHJ training at the 2011
IKECA technical seminar in Milwaukee. He has served or currently
serves on education and/or ethic committees for the Minnesota
Hospitality Association, IKECA, RFMA, and others. Mr. Pfleiderer has
also been a frequent contributing technical writer for the Restaurant
Facilities Business Magazine, Facilitator magazine, and the IKECA