What You Need To Know About Protecting Your Restaurant Facilities

By on February 5, 2014

For a restaurant to be successful, it has to be in proper working order at all times. Due to the daily wear and tear most restaurant facilities undergo servicing customers, it’s important that they are protected in the best way possible.

As anyone in the food service industry can attest, an ounce of prevention can save a ton of money in the long run in costly repairs that could’ve been reduced or avoided. Particularly in the kitchen, is where all the valuable assets of a restaurant are kept, and a wide variety of people use these facilities over a twenty-hour hour period. Here are some things you should know about protecting your restaurant facilities.

Install Fans To Ward Off Insects

One of the worst things that can happen to a restaurant facility is to be infested by bugs of any kind. Fans should be installed to ward off common pests like mosquitos. By doing so, this can help blow them away before they start becoming a major nuisance and health hazard. Also, make sure consult with a professional about the proper way to install the fans, to maximize their effectiveness in keeping insects away.

Caulk Crevices

Another important thing to do is to caulk any cracks outside the building, so that no insect infestations or other unpleasant problems can occur. These are the details that can save a lot of money in the long run. By carefully caulking any cracks or crevices on the exterior of the building, you can save on paying for exterminators and avoid any customers being alarmed if they see an errant insect.

Avoiding Water Damage

Water damage can be a huge problem for any facility. And while an unforeseen flood can cause a ton of damage, most of the time it’s the long-term effects of moisture that can cause the most problems for a restaurant. Some of things that a restaurant owner can do to avoid water damage is to:

  • Fix blocked pipes immediately
  • Have a prominent floor drain
  • Check toilets and sinks on a regular basis
  • Make sure windows close properly
  • Fix leaks immediately

Most problems with water occur as a result of broken pipes or open windows that let the elements erode the facilities. By training staff to be aware of these issues and to follow proper procedures, many problems with water damage can be minimized or avoided.

The Bottom-Line

The bottom-line is that by performing the proper maintenance, expensive restaurant repairs can be avoided in the long-term. If something seems wrong with the pipes or drainage, get it fixed right away. The upfront costs will pale in comparison to the damage if a pipe were to burst.

The same goes for leaks, which can cause a great amount of damage over the long-term if not fixed. Another thing to inspect is how to sturdy the roofing is, when protecting the facilities from rain or snow. These are all things you should know about protecting your restaurant facilities. They should always be in tip-top condition so that the staff can focus on what is most important, which is providing high-quality food and service to the customers.

Tim Thomson is a general contractor who also has a passion for online writing and is currently focused on his work related to industrial floors for Dex-O-Tex.

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