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Cold Weather is Coming!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Hello RFMA members,

The temperatures may still be in the 90's but cool weather is right around the corner. Are you and your restaurants prepared for winter? Are your contractors ready to provide support to ensure equipment will perform effectively in cold weather? It's time to begin the work to ensure your stores are ready. Following are a list of activities to review and complete before the cold hits:

- RTU's. Is your HVAC service company scheduled for fall start ups? These units need to be checked for proper winter operation. Heat exchangers, blower motors, filters, wiring, and belts all need to be looked at and serviced as required. Now is still a good time to replace a cracked heat exchanger if needed.

- Building air balance. Are your building negative or positively balanced? After a long hot summer there may be some adjustments necessary to have a slight positive building air balance. This is extremely important during the frigid temperature conditions in the winter. A negative balance will waste energy and, more importantly, create drafts which will make customers and employees uncomfortable.

- Roof drains. Make sure these are clean and free of debris. With normal fall and winter precipitation, water needs to be drained properly off the roof. Check the flashings and roof seams for damage as water penetration then freezing will cause leaks and potentially expensive repairs.

- Irrigation systems. Have the lines completely drained and unhook all hoses from their spigots.

- Exterior lighting. Going to be getting darker earlier. Make sure all parking lot, building, and walkway lights are working and turning on and off at appropriate times. Reprogram the timers as required.

- Exterior doors. Are the sweeps in good condition? Change as necessary. This will keep the cold out along with pests.

- Snow removal. Who is responsible for the snow removal at the restaurant? If it's not handled by the landlord, do you have a contract in place for snow and ice removal? Is it updated? What are the parameters when they need to come out to plow? After 2 or 3 inches? Work out the details now or the facilities liability may be increased.

- Thermostats. Reprogram accordingly for winter operation.

- Pest control. Colder weather drives pests inside where it's warmer. Schedule your restaurants accordingly for a treatment and review their report to correct any minor facility issues to keep pests out.

Getting ready for winter now saves money, time, and increases customer and employee satisfaction which always helps your brand.

Let me know what other items you do to prepare for cold weather.

Dover and out.

Tags:  exterior lighting  heat exchangers  pest control  roof drains  Winter conditions 

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Are You Prepared For Winter?

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Updated: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hello RFMA members,

It's the middle of September and the weather is still warm but winter in right around the corner. Now is the time to ensure your facilities are prepared for cold weather. Following is a brief list of items to review and complete prior to the freezing cold:

- HVAC, make sure your stores are scheduled to be professional serviced for heat start-ups on the HVAC's. Wouldn't want a cracked heat exchanger noticed when it's needed most. May be a good time for new belts and air filters too.

- Roofs, make sure all roof drains are clean. With the increase moisture and freezing, want to make sure all water is being drained from the roof. Check the flashing and roof seams for damage. Freezing moisture will cause leaks in theses areas.

- Landscaping, drain all irrigation piping and unhook all exterior hoses from their spigots.

- Snow/Ice removal, do you have a current contract in place for snow/ice removal. Get it updated or your store will be last on the list for plowing when the weather hits.

- Outside lighting, it will be getting darker earlier. Check all outside building, walkway, and parking lighting to ensure they are working and check the timers for proper programming for on/off times.

- Thermostats, adjust programmable stats for winter operation accordingly.

- Exterior doors, check sweep conditions. Replace if needed.

Planning ahead now will save money, time, minimize business interruption, and increase safety at all your restaurants.

Have a great Fall.

Always looking for feedback.

Dover and out !

Tags:  heat exchangers  irrigation piping  roof drains  snow/ice removal  Winter Preparation 

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