Hello RFMA members,
Well, so much for spring weather. Summer has hit with a vengeance again. It's already been over 100 degrees in Minnesota and it looks like we are in for another long, hot summer. How are your restaurants holding up? Check out the following to ensure your store's are doing the best they can to keep customers and employees comfortable while saving utility dollars.
- When was the last PM completed on the HVAC units? When were the filters changed? Due to the longer run times during the summer, the frequency of filter changes may need to be increased. A well running unit will save utility dollars and ensure customers and employees alike are both comfortable in the restaurant.
- Roofs: Now is the time to check for leaks and clean out all roof drains in preparation of summer storms. Also, pick up any loose screws and other items that could potentially cause a leak if stepped on.
- Parking lot/sidewalks: Check for cracks and possible shifting of underneath soil due to warm, dry weather to ensure there are no tripping hazards. Summer is normally a busy time of the year and preventing any slip/falls is of great benefit. Also, check for proper striping and correct any ADA issues accordingly.
- Carpet/floor cleaning: After a wet spring, have all carpeted areas deep cleaned to remove embedded dirt to provide a safe environment to the customers and employees.
- Tile & grout: Warmer weather will normally increase the humidity and moisture level. Check grout lines to see if they need to be scraped and repaired. This will minimize chance of moisture getting below the tiles, holding mold in check and extend the life of the floor.
-Doors: Warm weather means pests are active and more likely to enter the facility. Check to ensure sweeps are installed and in good condition.
- Air balance: Check to see the restaurant is somewhat positively balanced, which means when opening an exterior door, a little air rushes out of the building rather than in. This is very important to correct as a negative store will waste energy cooling dollars and make it uncomfortable for guests seated by the doors.
- Building sealing: Check all windows and exterior doors for proper sealing. Recaulk if necessary.
-Irrigation: Check proper on/off times for exterior irrigation and spray head operation. Replace any broken heads as required.
- For good "branding", replace any stained ceiling tiles which may have been damaged from leaks over the spring
Hot weather is very tough on restaurant facilities. Completing these tasks will protect your brand and assets and hopefully minimize the emergency calls this summer. Have a safe season!
Dover and out.
Jeff Dover, CRFP
Facilities Resource Manager | Restaurant Facility Management Association
972-805-0905 ext. 3