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Winterizing A Restaurant

Restaurants and facilities alike require a decent amount of maintenance, including winterization. Winterization is the process in which a building is prepared to face the winter temperatures and harsh weather conditions. To ensure every item on the winterization checklist is complete, it’s best to begin the preparation in the fall.

The winterization process is considered to be a form of preventative maintenance, helping to avoid unexpected and often expensive difficulties. Without the proper winter care, your facility is at risk of:

  • Frozen and Leaking Pipes
  • Poor Air Quality
  • Fires
  • Damage to Assets
  • Increased Electricity Bills

Along with these general facility risks, the HVAC unit’s health is also at risk. When an HVAC unit is neglected, its chances of slowing down and breaking increase as time goes on. An inefficient or broken HVAC unit is especially troublesome during the cold winter months. The goal is to make sure the unit is not only secure for the entire winter, but that the facility is as well.

Winterization tasks are done both inside and outside. This includes:

  • Insulating Pipes
  • Lubricating Moving Parts
  • Outdoor Cleaning and Tree Care
  • Replacing Air Filters
  • Clearing Ductwork, Chimneys and Burners
  • Sealing Cracks in the Foundation
  • Caulking Windows and Doors
  • Checking Thermostat Function
  • Cleaning of Outdoor Coils

From late spring to early fall, many restaurants offer outdoor patio seating. This calls for a few extra winterization tasks, ones that most restaurant owners with outdoor patios are already used to. For those with new patio spaces or those who just may be unsure, here is the checklist for patio maintenance:

  • Cleaning and Protecting Furniture
  • Power-wash Patio
  • Covering Vents with Metal Mesh to Prevent Pests
  • Move any Grills or Moveable Outdoor Kitchen Units to a Safe Location

If the weather allows, use space heaters to keep the patio open until late fall, if not longer. It is still important to keep maintenance and the comfortability of your customers in mind. Use the points above to keep the restaurant clean, safe and winterized for the winter!

  Author: John Losey of The BP Group

2016-10-13 00:00:00
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