According to National Fire Protection Association statistics,there is an average of 8,160 structure fires per year at eating and drinking establishments. The fires caused $229 million in property damage during 2004-2008. The mixture of grease and creosote that builds up in a kitchen exhaust system is potentially as flammable as gasoline, posing a tremendous fire hazard if not properly cleaned on a regular basis.

In the October 2004 issue of the Topical Fire Research Series by the U.S. Fire Administration and National Fire Center Data, restaurant fire statistics were analyzed and common trends emerged. Grease is the most common fuel of restaurant fires. Restaurant fires frequently start in the kitchen while cooking and get into the hood/vent system. If that system has extra grease accumulation also, it turns into a vehicle for the fire to move to the roof top instead of providing some kind of fire containment. If grease has spilt on the roof, the fire will likely travel on the roof and cause considerable damage putting the remainder of the building at risk.

Grease leaked from an Exhaust Fan left attended or without protection, can travel into the storm drain system and cause contamination.

Grease and oil can dissolve asphalt on built up roofs. It can cause wrinkling, swelling and blistering of modified bitumen membranes. Grease and oil also affect EPDM Hypalon and PVC. Even the gaskets on metal roofs can be attacked.

Rooftop grease is a major concern for building owners for various reasons. When grease builds up on your roof, it can cause cracks, swelling, blistering, and deterioration. The roof may also become hazardous for walking on by maintenance workers and others. If a roof has grease damage, it could be in violation of insurance requirements, OSHA standards, and fire codes. One of the most terrible consequences of grease roof damage is a substantial and bigger fire hazard.

Preventing grease damage on roofs demand recurring inspections and maintenance.  COMPLIANT1 Inspectors are informed and trained to assess your grease containment needs and put together proper recommendations for your system. We can install a grease containment system as well as consistently exchange the grease absorbent pads that sit in the grease containment tray. The nominal expenditure in this crucial fire safety and roof protection service will maintain your roof in agreeable condition and inhibit excess destruction in the episode of a grease fire. The only way to assure this is happening is through quarterly inspections performed by COMPLIANT1.