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Are Your Restaurants Ready For Freezing Conditions?

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Updated: Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello RFMA members,

Are your stores ready for the cold? Most areas of the country experienced higher than normal temperatures thru the Fall season but we all know the freezing temperatures will be here soon and will stay for a few months.There are several actions that can be completed to prevent a plumbing disaster and keep the restaurants warm. Here are a few:

- Change all t-stat settings to a minimum of 65 degrees at night and eliminate the night setback feature. In extremely cold conditions, you may want to leave the daytime stat setting alone.

- Ensure all exposed interior plumbing on, or near, exterior walls, above ceilings, and in attics are fully insulated. Use heat tape in extreme cold areas and/or utilize a heat source (lamp or fan) to radiate or blow heated air to the effected pipes.

- If possible, open all areas (cabinet doors?) to expose water lines in, or on, exterior walls.

- If temperatures are forecast below 0 degrees, keep all faucets on to a regular steady drip for both the hot and cold lines.

- Turn off all exterior irrigation equipment and have lines drained.

- Disconnect hoses from the spigot and install an insulated cover (cone type) over it.

- Make sure roof drains are clean and not clogged.

- Have furnaces professionally checked for proper operation. Service if necessary.

- Weather strip all exterior doors and windows. Caulk windows where necessary.

It will cost a few extra dollars to prevent a major expenditure if a freezing problem arises. It is well worth it.

Have a safe and warm Thanksgiving !

Dover and out.

Tags:  freezing lines  Frozen pipes  insulated lines  night setback  weatherstripping  window caulking 

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