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Warm Weather is Approaching

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Updated: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hello RFMA members,

Ok, it's the end of February and it's still a little cool out but it's time to begin the warmer weather transition from winter to spring. Are your store prepared for the spring & summer? Are your contractors ready to get the equipment PM'd for hot weather? There are several items where inspections and actions are needed to prolong the life of equipment and to ensure the restaurants are ready to switch from cold to hot mode. Now is the time to begin preparation for the summer months in these areas:

- HVAC's, all units need to be professionally PM'd. Coils need to be cleaned for maximum performance and energy efficiency. Depending on the coil condition, chemical cleaning may be necessary as dirty coils will use up to 40% more energy. This is also the time to change the filters. Go with a pleated type or mesh that can handle the local environment and don't need to be changed every month. In harsh climates, these may need to be changed every 2 months. This is not an area to skimp on as it's relatively inexpensive to replace rather than having the a/c run longer and harder. Changing filters regularly provides a great ROI on maintenance costs versus saved energy and prolonging the life of the equipment. Refrigeration pressures need to be checked to ensure they was no leakage over the cold months. Have all electrical connections and amps/volt usages checked for the compressors, condenser and evaporator blower motors. Check with your contractor on their checklist of PM services. Lastly have the condensate drain lines blown out to be clean and free of debris. For a complete a/c maintenance list inspection report, visit the RFMA website under "Resource Library" and "Facilities Toolkit".

- Roofs, after a long winter a general inspection needs to take place to pick up all loose items, clean out roof drains, and check all roof penetrations for any gaps. Reseal as necessary. Check all areas where the roofing membrane and flashing meet to ensure there are no splits or gaps. Reseal as required. Due to the importance of a sound roof to protect the restaurant interior, it's recommended an inspection takes place every month. Again, check out the Roofing Care & Maintenance report under the Resource Library on the RFMA website.

- Irrigation Systems, check to correct times and dates and the programmed start/stop times as there may have been a power outage that will require resetting. Turn on operation and check for any broken sprinkler heads. Replace as necessary.

- Parking Lots, in some areas of the country the lots take a beating from the long, cold winter. Check for any potholes and cracks that may cause vehicle damage or pose a safety risk. Repair asap to minimize liability. Check for worn discolored sealer and reseal/restripe as necessary. Having a nice looking lot is one of the first impressions on a potential customer.

- Other, check for proper time clock settings for all exterior lighting. Check t-stat settings for proper on/off times, temperature, and night setback functions.

These actions will ensure your restaurants will be saving utility dollars and keep your customers and employees safe and comfortable. It also greatly minimizes your Brand liabilities.

Dover and out.


Jeff Dover, CRFP 
 Facilities Resource Manager | Restaurant Facility Management Association 
jeff@rfmaonline.com
972-805-0905 ext. 3

Tags:  a/c coil cleaning  equipment PM's  irrigation systems  roofing  Spring start ups 

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Are Your Stores Prepared For Warm Weather?

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Updated: Thursday, February 9, 2017

Hello RFMA members,

It may be cold and snowy in your part of the country but it's the middle of February and warm weather will be here before you know it. Are you and your restaurants prepared? Are you contractors lined up for the proper PM's? Transitioning from winter to spring gives facilities professionals an opportunity to do what they are hired for, namely, protecting company assets in an economical manner. They are several items where inspections and actions are needed to prolong the life of equipment and to ensure the restaurants are ready to switch from cold to hot mode. Now is the time to begin preparation for the summer months in these areas:

- HVAC's, all units need to be professionally PM'd. Coils need to be cleaned for maximum performance and energy efficiency. Depending on the coil condition, chemical cleaning may be necessary as dirty coils will use up to 40% more energy. This is also the time to change the filters. Go with a pleated type or mesh that can handle the local environment and don't need to be changed every month. In harsh climates, these may need to be changed every 2 months. This is not an area to skimp on as it's relatively inexpensive to replace rather than having the a/c run longer and harder. Changing filters regularly provides a great ROI on maintenance costs versus saved energy and prolonging the life of the equipment. Refrigeration pressures need to be checked to ensure they was no leakage over the cold months. Have all electrical connections and amps/volt usages checked for the compressors, condenser and evaporator blower motors. Check with your contractor on their checklist of PM services. Lastly have the condensate drain lines blown out to be clean and free of debris. For a complete a/c maintenance list inspection report, visit the RFMA website under "Resource Library" and "Facilities Toolkit".

- Roofs, after a long winter a general inspection needs to take place to pick up all loose items, clean out roof drains, and check all roof penetrations for any gaps. Reseal as necessary. Check all areas where the roofing membrane and flashing meet to ensure there are no splits or gaps. Reseal as required. Due to the importance of a sound roof to protect the restaurant interior, it's recommended an inspection takes place every month.

- Irrigation Systems, check to correct times and dates and the programmed start/stop times as there may have been a power outage that will require resetting. Turn on operation and check for any broken sprinkler heads. Replace as necessary.

- Parking Lots, in some areas of the country the lots take a beating from the long, cold winter. Check for any potholes and cracks that may cause vehicle damage or pose a safety risk. Repair asap to minimize liability. Check for worn discolored sealer and reseal/restripe as necessary. Having a nice looking lot is one of the first impressions on a potential customer.

- Other, check for proper time clock settings for all exterior lighting. Check t-stat settings for proper on/off times, temperature, and night setback functions.

These actions will ensure your restaurants will be saving utility dollars and keep your customers and employees safe and comfortable. It also greatly minimizes your Brand liabilities.

Dover and out.

Tags:  HVAC PM  irrigation systems  minimizing liabilities  parking lots  Roof drains  Spring start ups 

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Are Your Stores Ready for Spring?

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hello RFMA members,

It's only the middle of February but warm weather is right around the corner. Are you, and your restaurants, ready? With the hot weather, there are several items to check to protect and prolong the life of your company's assets. The time is now for getting plans made for the following areas:

- Parking lots: with the long, cold, winter months, the lots take a beating, especially in the northern climates. Check for worn discolored sealer. Reseal and restripe where necessary. Check for new cracks and expanding potholes and repair accordingly.

- Roofs: a general inspection and clean up is required prior to the spring weather. Clean out all roof drains (should be done monthly) allowing for proper flow. Check all roof penetrations for any gaps and reseal as required. Check all areas where roofing membrane and flashing meet to ensure there are no places for moisture intrusion.

- HVAC's: have all units professionally serviced. The coils all need to be cleaned for optimal performance. Ensure the filters are changed and condensate lines are not clogged. Have all electrical connections checked. For a complete a/c maintenance list inspection report, visit the RFMA website under "Resource Library" and "Facilities Toolkit".

- Irrigation Systems: check to ensure the date & time are correct and the start/stop times are programmed properly. Check on battery back-up if applicable. Check for proper sprinkler head operation, cleaning out any dirt or obstructions. Replace broken/worn heads.

- Other: check for correct time clock settings for exterior lights to save energy and keep the facility safe. Inspect landscaping and trim all overgrown areas as necessary.

By completing these items, you will protect your stores, save energy dollars, and keep your customers and employees safe.

Dover and out.

Tags:  HVAC  landscaping  parking lots  roofs  Spring start ups 

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