Most hospitality venues like restaurants, coffee shops, and hotels utilise commercial freezers for their storage needs. These freezers are fully capable of storing and preserving the quality of food and drinks. They are also used to keep food products fresh and clean.
Working alongside other commercial refrigeration units, commercial freezers are beneficial for the operations of most businesses that use them. However, once these freezers start to show signs of leaking or dripping, then these businesses may encounter a huge dip on their daily overall performance. Moreover, some issues and problems with food offerings might also hinder them in reaching and maintaining their customers.
Dangers of Leaking or Dripping Occurrences
Leaking or dripping commercial freezers can be dangerous in any hospitality venue. Since water leaks out of these freezers, establishments might be overwhelmed with wet floors that can be a slip or fall hazard for workers and customers. Workers who are working alongside dripping or leaking commercial freezers might also be at risk of getting electric shocks. Unchecked water on the floor or surfaces can also initiate the growth of mould and bacteria, which are both dangerous for health.
Freezers with leaking issues pose the same threat to the health and safety of customers who are inside commercial establishments. And instead of conserving their quality, food products that are stored inside a leaking or dripping commercial freezer might just deteriorate and spoil much easier.
Reasons behind Leaking or Dripping Freezers
Freezers that have a leaking or dripping issues are typically caused by their faulty components. One of these components is the seams between the panels. Some other components that can cause these issues are seals, insulation, water filter, drain pan, defrost drain, and ice maker. Without any proper installation and regular maintenance, all these components may just wear out and become faulty over time, which then causes leaking or dripping issues among commercial freezers.
Aside from faulty components, leaking or dripping commercial freezers can also be caused by condensation with the combination of a faulty seal. If the exterior air becomes warm and humid, it can produce condensation because of the temperature difference between the outside and the freezer. And if the freezer does not have proper sealing, then it will be forced to work overtime just to keep food products cool. An overworked commercial freezer will continue to accumulate extra condensation on the coils, which will result in the formation of water on the floor.
The condensation problem can be solved quickly by washing the seals or replacing the gaskets. Air conditioning and dehumidifying the air outside the commercial freezer can also help avoid excessive condensation. Faulty components, in contrast, would require repairs from professionals.
So, if you need help with your leaking or dripping commercial freezers, then feel free to contact us at C&M Coolroom Services. Servicing Melbourne and its surrounding areas in Victoria, we cater for the full range of commercial and industrial coolrooms, freezer rooms, blast freezers, and controlled environments in shops, factories, supermarkets, laboratories, food processing and preparation premises.
The food industry typically uses coolrooms to store and refrigerate a huge amount of food products and beverages. But aside from this industry, coolrooms are also utilised by floral, cosmetics, and technology industries in storing products and devices that need to be refrigerated and cooled down. Flowers, cosmetic products, and technological devices do not work well with a warm or hot environment. Under warm or hot temperatures, these products tend to wilt, melt, and malfunction, respectively. Cold environments, however, can provide the needed element for their stability and longevity.
When performing optimally, coolrooms can easily provide the needed consistent temperature and surrounding condition for the stored products. They also allow business owners to obtain adequate storage space for stocking products that will be sold or used soon. Keep in mind, though, that these mentioned benefits can only be acquired and experienced if coolrooms will be kept clean and mould-free all the time.
Mould Growth in Coolrooms
Coolrooms that are maintained regularly do not have to worry about mould growth and formation. However, if certain parts of the coolroom are already faulty or broken, then the chances of mould growth and development can be high. After all, mould grows when there is a huge source of moisture, a certain range of temperature, and a compatible source of food.
A coolroom that has high humidity conditions, as well as excessive moisture, will eventually cause mould to develop. Excessive moisture can accumulate in your coolroom if there is condensation on the walls or pools of water on the ground. Condensation forms whenever warm air enters the room. The entry of warm air can be caused a cracked or damaged sealing around the door.
The presence of food spills in certain areas of the coolroom can also lead to the development of mould. Without regular cleaning, mould can grow and accumulate over time. As time goes by, they can now affect the quality of your products and contaminate them very quickly. The presence of mould can also cause health risks among people who are allergic to mould spores.
Keep Coolrooms Mould-Free
To prevent the damaging effects of moulds, then you must keep your coolrooms clean. One of the best ways to prevent mould development is to assess and evaluate the condition of your coolroom.
If there are loose seals, small cracks, and leaks in the coolroom, then they must be solved and repaired right away. If possible, you must also remove any existing wood shelving so that moisture will not have a place to latch into. Your vent must also be in good condition so that it will allow humid air to leave and keep the untainted cold air circulating. Food products that are already expired must also be removed and discarded so that mould will not have any food source for their growth and development.
And in case the development of mould has already taken place, then you must give your coolroom a deep and thorough cleaning to effectively remove all mould spores. Remove all items and components of the coolroom that have mould. Then, clean the surfaces, shelves, walls, and ceiling of the coolroom with a suitable chemical solution. You can also use a combination of warm water and baking soda in cleaning your coolroom. An abrasive scrubber is recommended for removing spills and debris from the surfaces of the room. Any build-up of dirt, dust, and other particles must also be removed through a vacuum. Ensuring a clean and mould-free coolroom can help your business succeed and save from unexpected maintenance and repair expenses. If you want to have professionals clean and maintain your coolroom, feel free to contact us at C&M Coolroom Services. We are a WPCG (formerly API) accredited company offering a comprehensive range of high quality commercial and industrial coolroom and freezer room installation, repair, renovation, and maintenance services.
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