Winter is here, meaning the temperature has dropped, and frosty mornings are no longer a thing of the past. Therefore it’s time to remind our customers how they can protect their hire equipment from bad weather. This article states your responsibilities to make sure equipment is protected at all times, resulting in a seamless and hassle free order, and charges from Jongor Hire to attend and repair the damage.
Freezing Air Temperatures:
When water freezes, it expands, and this happening within a water pipe means the pipe will burst. This can happen in any pipe that contains water, whether it is connected to the mains, within a piece of equipment (Combi Oven or Dishwasher), or made from plastic or metal.
To ensure the water in pipes does not fall below zero, one or a combination of the following methods should be used:
- Water pipes which are likely to sustain sub-zero temperatures must be suitably lagged. This will prevent pipes freezing and potentially bursting.
- Ensure structures, both temporary and fixed, are heated 24 hours a day.
- Leave taps partially open, as this will maintain a constant flow of water in the pipe. If you are using this method, you will need to protect the hired kitchen equipment by disconnecting it and completely purging any water. This is only suitable where you have mains drainage, not storage tanks.
- Ensure 24 hour power is supplied to external Rinnai water heaters, as this will ensure the internal frost system is in operation.
- Wherever possible, please ensure that pipe work is laid inside the marquee.
The majority of frost damage is sustained overnight whilst kitchens are left unattended, as this is when external temperatures drop to the lowest point, the demand for water stops and the heating gets switched off.
To ensure your hire equipment is protected, you will need to ensure that water heaters which are externally sited are secured in the upright position to prevent them from falling over. If these items do fall, pipe connections can become detached, and damage can occur to the internal components, making the units non-operational.
Rain and Snow:
Apart from external water heaters, please ensure that no equipment is exposed to rain or snow. Water can cause significant damage to electrical components within the kitchen equipment, whilst tableware can corrode when left in water. Linen also will go mouldy when exposed to moisture for extended periods.
Condensation build up:
If Kitchens are left unattended for more than 24 hours, condensation can build up within items of kitchen equipment, causing damage to electrical components. To stop this happening, the structure should be supplied with heat 24 hours a day, and have adequate ventilation.
We hope that this article is useful and will help prevent damage. Remember that weather damage is chargeable, so if you have any queries relating to keeping your temporary kitchen weather safe, or would like to find out more and see how we could help, call 0117 955 6739 to speak to a member of our friendly team today.