Exploring Opening Hood Cleaning in Arlington, Texas

I was thinking of opening a hood cleaning business in Arlington, Texas so I did a little research on the are to see if it could support a hood cleaning business.

First off, I should clarify what exactly is a hood cleaning business.  If you own a commercial kitchen, you would have commercial grade kitchen equipment.  These kitchens have to install an exhaust system to remove fumes, smoke, combustion products, airborne grease and steam.

The National Fire Protection Association has a Code 96 which outlines how often hood cleaning should be done.  For example, if you have a twenty-four-hour restaurant, it is recommended you have the hood cleaning done once a month.  If you have a day camp or churches can usually have the hood cleaning done once a year.  There may also be state and local requirements for cleaning, which in many cases, may be required more frequently.

So, when I did my research, I found that the population as of 2017 was 396,394.  That is a good start, so I would estimate there are around two hundred plus restaurants to serve that population.

hood cleaning Arlington Texas mediaI took another step and looked online to see if I could find some information about three restaurants.  The first one I chose was The Catch because they considered themselves a fast-casual seafood restaurant.  Normally when I think of a seafood restaurant, I imagine to be formal dining and very expensive.

Located at 5809 West I-20, The Catch has weekly features that keep their clientele coming back for more.  They have items like grilled catfish, chicken or shrimp.  The sides include sausage, garlic bread, cole slaw and grits just to name a few.  Personally, I would love to try one of their po boy sandwiches.

Another restaurant that caught my eye was Gyros To Go.  Located in South Arlington, this is a Mediterranean and Greek food restaurant offers comfortable seating or grab your meal to go.  Their juicy tender meat is combined with various sauces and salads rolled up in a lightly oiled pita and grilled to perfection.hood cleaning Arlington TX photo

Gyros To Go makes their food fresh every day.  They also make other Mediterranean items.  Another type of sandwich would be the falafel or a shawarma which it like a kebob.  One thing I would try for sure would be a baklava which is a pastry that just melts in your mouth.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen is one of the largest restaurant companies in the United States that is family-owned and operated.  They have thirteen restaurants ranging from Phoenix, Arizona to Chicago, Illinois.  The majority of them are located in Texas.  The one in Arlington, Texas is located in The Texas Rangers Stadium.

hood cleaning Arlington TX postPappadeaux Seafood Kitchen started in 1897 when the grandfather left Greece for the United States.  He had two sons who he passed down his hard work office.  One of the sons had two boys who eventually opened the first restaurant in 1976.  Today, they serve over two point two seven million baguettes per year in their combined restaurants.

Ultimately, I give Arlington, Texas a four-star review on opening a hood cleaning business.

Asbestos Abatement in Las Vegas

So the question I often get is “what exactly is asbestos abatement?”  Abatement, which also means to diminish or remove is used several different ways.  Depending on the placement and circumstances of the asbestos will determine how much and which process will be used to remove it.  A good example of a partial asbestos abatement procedure would be if a wall was known to contain asbestos but left alone because of other factors.  One well known possibility is that the asbestos was now encapsulated.  This means that it is present in a room but unable to be disturbed and released airborne.  Typically, asbestos materials have been remodeled without knowing about the asbestos.  A contractor may have laid drywall materials over the substance making it now not able to be disrupted.  If it cannot be brushed up against or any other type of movement, it will no longer be able to be released into the air where it could potentially be inhaled.  Areas where asbestos is fully exposed would require total asbestos abatement and must be completely removed.las vegas asbestos remediation

The initial asbestos removal process starts with asbestos testing.  I’m totally aware that you can buy an asbestos testing kit as a sort of “do it yourself” project.  They are actually pretty cheap and available at your local hardware store.  The only problem is that you are potentially handling hazardous materials and might not be aware that you have stirred up the asbestos and now made it airborne.  Asbestos fibers move quickly once they have been disturbed and you most likely will not be able to see them with your naked eye.  Inhaling the substance is now a threat to everyone near the potential deadly substance.  In my opinion, hire the professional that is experienced with handling asbestos.  It would certainly be worth the extra dollars to know that my family or co workers were completely out of harms way and not exposed to asbestos.  Obviously, the cost of the asbestos testing procedure will be determined on how many areas that are possibly containing the dangerous substance.  Most professional asbestos testing and asbestos abatement companies will provide free, no obligation estimates for you upon request.

Personally, I cannot stand popcorn ceilings and whenever I come across them in a remodel project, they are the first to be removed.  It is true that not all popcorn ceilings actually contain asbestos.  The only way to trust that they don’t contain asbestos is to have them tested.  Again, I would recommend the professionals in this scenario as well.  The rule of thumb is that if the home ceiling was sprayed in the early 1970’s, it will most likely have the asbestos materials within it.  However, being that asbestos products were still being put into building materials, law suits for popcorn ceilings were battled out in court for homes that were built up to 2003.  Some how, the asbestos was able to sold even though the substance was banned by the government back in 1983.  Thank goodness they don’t use asbestos in the construction of pools.  Some things just make you wonder.

las vegas asbestos abatementKeep in mind that the cost of asbestos removal is not the only cost you will incur if it’s found you have the dangerous substance.  Once the asbestos is removed, there will be remediation fees.  Let’s use the popcorn ceiling as an example.  During the asbestos removal process of a ceiling, water is often used to loosen the substance.  This will cause the ceiling to now need repairs, retexturing and putting a fresh coat of paint.  The removal of asbestos on a popcorn ceiling is a very messy one and if you are not careful, you can ruin some flooring in the process.  It’s always extremely important that the floor is carefully taped off so it doesn’t encounter the falling asbestos from the ceiling.  If flooring is not protected in the asbestos removal process, it may require to be removed as well.

Fees for asbestos removal or asbestos abatement can creep up at a rapid pace.  That is simply because there are so many required items that need to be used in removing the dangerous substance.  Some of the items are basic and you wouldn’t think that they are expensive but an asbestos removal contractor is forced to purchase specific industry supplies from approved vendors.  We can take a quick look of just the basics here:

  • Specialty protective eye ware
  • Coveralls that are disposable
  • Breathing respirators
  • Boots
  • Disposable gloves
  • HEPA vacuum
  • Non contamination storage bags for removal

There are obviously many other items needed to perform the asbestos abatement job but this gives a quick overview of how the cost can sky rocket quickly.asbestos abatement las vegas

Do your research when choosing an asbestos abatement company.  Like I said earlier, most professional companies will provide you with a detailed complimentary estimate.  I have done quite a few asbestos removal projects here in southern Nevada and I highly recommend the folks over at Las Vegas Environmental Pros.  Not only do they do asbestos testing and asbestos removal, they handle all sorts of hazardous items.  Water damage clean up, hazardous waste removal, fire damage clean up, mold removal and lead based paint removal are services that they offer.  They serve the entire Las Vegas area including, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Summerlin, Green Valley, Anthem, Red Rock, Mountains Edge, Southern Highlands, Boulder City, Laughlin and Mesquite.

Restaurant Hood Cleaning  Business Tips | October 2018

This is a guest article from Hood Cleaning Marketing (http://hoodcleaningmarketing.com). They are a marketing firm that specializes in helping hood cleaning companies to increase their business among restaurants in their cities.

The question of the week:  What can you do in your hood cleaning business to increase profits with your current clientele?

As we were approaching this question, I wanted to ask it as though you needed to keep the same restaurants in your list and not increase your price for your basic service.  So, this is truly to come up with a cost-cutting measure or measures.

Michael Bunga - Restaurant Hood Cleaning Company Owner in Austin TXThe first expert that I asked was Michael Bunga, owner of Pro Hood Cleaning in Austin Tx.  Michael has been in the restaurant hood cleaning business for 10 years and has a great and growing company in Austin.  He has a very strong business and has excellent reviews from the restaurants that he works with. So I put this question forward to him.  He told me of one interesting move that they’ve been currently testing.

Michael told me that a big expense in restaurant hood cleaning is the cost of plastic sheeting.  It’s heavy, it’s expensive, and it’s totally needed for hood cleaning.  What he says he’s been attempting is to have his hood cleaning teams using a thinner plastic sheet in situations where they can get away with it.  Going from a 50mil down to a 26mil is over a 50% savings per roll.  In the course of a year, this can put a huge amount of money back into a restaurant hood cleaning business owners pocket.

Not all the time is the thinner plastic sheeting appropriate.  Hood cleaners can rip the plastic more easily and then there are no savings.  So, you have to train your cleaning teams to watch for appropriate situations for use.

The second expert that I put this question to was Benny Roche of Nashville Hood Cleaning Pros.  His Nashville Hood Cleaning company is growing very quickly and Benny has a growth plan for his business to quadruple his restaurant hood cleaning business by 2020.

When I asked this question of Benny, his answer was about systems.  Benny thinks that the best way to lower costs in the restaurant hood cleaning business is to systemize the tactics of cleaning so that the teams he sends out are treating every hood cleaning treatment the exact same way.

So, where do the savings come from in that case?  Well, from the time on the job being cut and from minimizing hood cleaning crew size.  If Benny sends a crew out and the crew knows that the restaurant is in a strip mall, or in a stand-alone building, they know how to move faster because the crew does not need to do an extensive discovery look before starting.  This allows him to run with a slightly smaller crew (2 as opposed to 3) and they can each move quickly to the hood and to the vent system and get the work done.

I’d like to thank both my restaurant hood cleaning experts for their taking the time to reveal information about their businesses this week.

3 Best Event Venues in Las Vegas

Today is a review of 3 top Banquet and or Event Centers.  These top facilities specialize in many different types of venues and are all quite different in their own way.  They are also located throughout the Las Vegas valley in much different areas including Henderson, NV.

Prestige Banquet & Event Center is located in a suburb area of Henderson on Whitney Ranch Dr.  They are actually just around the corner from the Galleria Mall which primarily serves the Green Valley and Henderson community.

The Prestige has a unique ownership story and one that will definitely touch your heart.  Their motto is simply to make memories.  The family started their banquet hall business back in Texas and grew to have a total of 5 banquet halls that were available for just about any event you wanted to do.  They actually sold the businesses in Texas for a good profit and moved west to beautiful Las Vegas.  Unfortunately for them, the economy took a bad turn and the family lost all of their profits.  They kept at it and put in all the hard work and now has a booming business in Henderson.las-vegas-event-party

The Prestige Banquet & Event Center really does handle a variety of events.  Everything from graduation parties, weddings, corporate events, anniversary parties and birthdays, Prestige can handle it all.  Matt and his wife who are the owners have worked extremely hard to sift through caterers, DJ services, bakery’s and even party rental companies to ensure their customers get the best service providers for their event.  They understand that they will only get one chance to make their event a success so they only align themselves with vendors that have proven they can deliver up to the standards that Matt and his wife approve.  They are always finding ways to stay in complete contact with the customer or customers that are putting on the event.  Communication is key to Matt and his wife and they always convey that message when putting together the event.  Give Matt and his wife a call today so that you can start planning your next important event.  You can reach them at 702-848-3982.

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Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Centers are a totally different kind of company when it comes to event and banquet facilities.  The majority of these types of businesses are typically family owned and operated.  That’s where Wedgewood is set apart from the other event and banquet facilities.  They are compiled of over 30 all inclusive and affordable wedding and banquet centers.  They have a sort of a-la-carte menu that you can choose from that will totally satisfy your every wish.  They are a one stop shop as they handle everything in house at all of their facilities.  Not saying that they don’t utilize outside vendors, they actually do.  But the vendors are hand picked and have been 100% approved by the Wedgewood management staff.

In the summer of 1986, John and Linda Zarucka leased out the Buenaventura Golf Course Pub & Grill and the Wedgewood Restaurant over in California.  They worked those facilities as banquet and wedding centers until 2005 in which they decided to expand their concept into city after city.  It has been a total success and John and Linda continue to approve and oversee everything in all cities.

The Wedgewood Las Vegas facility is located in a location that is convenient for the east and north Las Vegas areas of the valley.  Just off the Boulder Highway a couple of blocks on East Flamingo Road is where you will find Wedgewood Weddings Las Vegas.  It is a truly beautiful site for any wedding and boasts a beautiful back drop of the Sunrise Mountains which are always beautiful at sunset as the sun shines on them and lights them up like no where else in the valley.

If you are thinking about having your wedding somewhere in Las Vegas and you are on a careful budget, you should definitely check out Wedgewood.  You can see tons of their beautiful photos online at www.wedgewoodweddings.com.

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The final destination for review is definitely not one that you might first think of when you’re thinking about putting on a party or event.  Springs Preserve is definitely a unique opportunity for any event you may be planning.  Even though Springs Preserve does provide wedding services, they tend to focus on a different type of venue.  Most of their services that they offer support the following events:

  • Product Launches
  • Private Parties
  • Workshops
  • Retreats
  • Corporate Events
  • Holiday Parties
  • Non-Profit Events
  • Fundraising Events
  • Team Building Events
  • Meetings/Conferences
  • Concerts
  • Banquets

The facility is really in a good central location so that the entire Las Vegas valley can utilize their services.  They are on S Valley View just south of the Valley View exit on Interstate-95.  It’s actually just next to the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) which is the business that is responsible for the Springs Preserve existence.  The actual property is located on the exact spring that was where the first settlers came to discover Las Vegas or The Meadows which is the actual translation.  It is definitely a historic site and area for all of the valley to visit and spend time at.

You will rest assured that everyone from all ages will never be bored visiting the Springs Preserve or attending an event.  There is something for everyone, young or old.  The prices are affordable and they do provide the entire staff so you don’t have to search everywhere and interview vendors on your own.  Do note that they follow the seasons and the Holidays and have decorations constantly updated to fit the appropriate theme.  The Springs Preserve is really a unique venue and one that you should consider here in Las Vegas.

Review of 3 Great Pool Companies in Las Vegas

Ron R. moved to beautiful Las Vegas in the summer of 2005 from sunny south Florida if you can believe that.  He actually trained with a local pool cleaning company for over 8 years before branching out on his own and creating Priority Pools Las Vegas.  During the years that he was training with the previous pool cleaning business, he was able to make strong relationships with his clientele and additional contacts with other professionals in the Las Vegas valley. 

He worked hard on making his name well known in the pool cleaning industry and associated himself with many individuals that are most likely to refer out pool and or spa cleaning professionals.  He joined both the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and the North Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce to get his name out into the community.  Networking with individuals such as real estate agents, home inspectors, landscapers and other home service oriented professionals lead to an outstanding word of mouth referral system. palm tree trimming by inground pool

Since the birth of Priority Pools Las Vegas, he has added on several family members making the business a full family owned and operated organization.  Priority Pools main focus is on the residential pool cleaning service business and maintains literally hundreds of swimming pools in the Las Vegas area.  His number one focus is taking care of the swimming pool and spa by keeping them both clean and chemically balanced.  Priority Pools goes to great lengths to ensure your pool and or spa is always maintained properly so you don’t have to go chasing down chemicals, educating yourself on pool maintenance or making time to attend to your pool and spa cleaning needs. 

Ron and his family are enjoying the success of Priority Pools and continue to acquire new pool and spa cleaning customers everyday.  Their success is based on the professional performance that is consistent throughout all of their services and that has been the key factor on their continued referral business from their existing customers.

Setting the standard in the pool cleaning industry is what Hammerhead Pool Service and Maintenance strives to achieve each and every day.  They guarantee that their entire pool cleaning technicians will always show up on the day scheduled for your pool and or spa maintenance, keep the pool in top notch condition and communicate any additional issues or items that may require repair in a timely matter. 

Hammerhead Pool Service and Maintenance strictly follows their motto by paying great attention to detail.  Their philosophy is based on being proactive rather than reactive and has prevented lots of unwanted emergencies and additional costs. 

Hammerhead has been serving the Las Vegas valley for over 15 years and prides itself with exceptional customer service.  They also guarantee that every pool/spa cleaning technician is licensed and bonded so you never have to worry about them gaining access to your private property and causing any damage or theft.  They are trained to secure the property at all times so that they will never put anything or anyone at risk. 

All of Hammerhead’s technicians are also 100% certified pool operators (CPO).  Not only do they attend to all of the pool and spa chemicals but they also go the next step to check and clean pool filter cartridges and other pool or spa equipment.  If the technicians are to uncover a possible issue with something that Hammerhead is not qualified to repair, they are fast to refer a reliable source to handle the repair issues.  Not only does Hammerhead leave your pool and or spa in the best condition possible, but they are trained to leave the area extremely clean as if they were never there. 

Las Vegas is Hammerhead Pool Service and Maintenance company’s home and they are proud to serve the entire valley for pool cleaning service.

Serving primarily the Henderson Nevada area and some areas of Las Vegas, PoolStar is not just your ordinary pool and spa cleaning company.  Kevin H. started PoolStar in Henderson back in 2006 and has done nothing but gain more and more happy pool cleaning customers year after year.  Starting out by simply providing residential pool cleaning services in Henderson, PoolStar now has branched out to provide several other pool and spa maintenance items and through their professional business practices and have now obtained customers in Las Vegas as well. 

PoolStar is an expert in the chemical make up of Las Vegas pools and are fully aware of the affect of the desert landscape here in the valley that can cause issues with swimming pools and spas alike.  Take for instance on of the most popular trees in the valley, the palm tree. Chemical balance can be tough with palm trees close by the pool.  Make sure your palm trees are well trimmed and that nothing from your palms is falling into the pool.  We use Las Vegas Palm Tree Trimming & Maintenance Pros for maintaining ours.  PoolStar is one of the leading pool and spa cleaning businesses that recognize the issues palm trees can cause. palm tree trimming and pool cleaning

As the business customer database grew, so has their menu of services.  Now PoolStar provides all of the following pool and spa cleaning procedures.

  • Weekly Pool Service
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Brushing of both pool and tile
  • Cleaning of skimmer and filters
  • Backwashing of both sand filters and D.E filters
  • Inspection of Pool Equipment
  • Acid washing
  • Chlorine bathing
  • Pressure washing
  • Draining and refill services
  • Filter cartridge cleaning and or replacement

All of PoolStar technicians are officially trained and certified as Certified Pool/Spa Operators and are all fully licensed and bonded.  As Henderson and Las Vegas continue to grow at such a rapid pace, PoolStar is geared up and ready to take their pool and spa cleaning services to the next level.  It’s easy to see that they are going to be a huge success.  All you have to do is ask their customers as they all have nothing but exceptional things to say about PoolStar.  They constantly attribute their pool and spa cleaning business success to their current customers and truly believe that the positive word and referral of the existing clientele is their best form of advertising.