Don’t let your maintenance catch you unprepared when you schedule a big event

by Brianna Crandall — April 10, 2017 — It’s two hours before tipoff, and the restaurant in your building is having a plumbing issue — none of the toilets will flush properly, and they’re threatening to overflow. Whether it is for March Madness, Black Friday or a big meeting, downtime like this can make or break a restaurant or facility’s reputation as a go-to place for the big event.

To help foodservice operators and facilities managers prepare for increased traffic during big games and other events, Cintas Corporation shares seven situations every facility should be prepared for ahead of the big event to limit downtime and maximize revenues:

Front door issues. A broken or malfunctioning door gate can be one of the quickest ways to keep customers from entering a place. Carefully inspect all parts of exterior-facing doors, including the door handle, locks and silicon wipers at the bottom. Tighten any loose screws and replace worn or damaged parts to ensure entryways remain secure.

Drain clogs. Pipe blockages and backed-up drains can create big problems, and in some cases cause water or sewage to drench floors. To prevent the downtime and costs associated with cleanup, implement a drain line maintenance program that prevents clogs and buildup by flushing drains with “good” bacteria to keep lines clear.

Injuries during business hours. Be sure first-aid cabinets are well-stocked and easily accessible. This will allow staff and customers to treat minor wounds and potentially reduce the impact of an injury.

Severe weather. Create an emergency preparedness plan and make sure staff are knowledgeable about what to do in case of a weather emergency.

Kitchen fires. Regularly clean and maintain hood suppression and kitchen exhaust systems to help limit the impact of a fire and help prevent property damage. A trained fire protection specialist can also identify other issues, such as grease on the roof, faulty fan wiring or excess grease in the ductwork that could disrupt operations.

Bug or rodent infestations. Nothing can get people talking negatively about a restaurant or other gathering place more quickly than the presence of bugs or rodents. Prevent a full-on infestation by hiring a pest control specialist to conduct regular inspections.

Know who to call. Be sure your emergency repair provider is still in business by updating your contact list monthly. If you don’t already have an emergency repair provider in place, find a provider that can offer 24-hour services, such as boarding up windows and doors, electrical repairs, hazardous waste cleanup and storm preparation such as sandbag placement and professional storm cleanup and repairs.

Cintas Managed Solutions helps businesses reduce the downtime associated with an emergency with just a single point of contact. For more information on Cintas’ solutions for foodservice facilities and other facilities, visit the company’s Web site.