Mold growth in your walk-in cooler can be devastating. Not only is the presence of mold a health code violation, but it can damage inventory and cause serious health concerns ranging from allergic reactions to cancer. Van Ernst Refrigeration of East Rochester, NY, encourages mold prevention habits to keep your walk-in cooler clean and your business running smoothly.
Mold Prevention in Your Walk-in Cooler
Keep It Dry
Moisture is necessary for mold to reproduce and grow. Make sure the cooling system is working properly, verifying that the condensing coil, evaporator, and fans are working. Those systems will keep the air moving and dry out unnecessary moisture. Remove any standing water as that can evaporate and leave unnecessary condensation.
Keep It Clean
Spilled food and beverages can quickly become a food source for mold and bacteria. Twice a year clean the walls, shelves, ceiling, and floor with a solution that’s 1:32 ratio of bleach to water. Once complete, rinse with water and dry thoroughly. Periodically sort through all the items in the cooler and be careful to remove all rotten food.
Keep It Cool
Keeping your walk-in cooler at 36 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit will discourage the growth of mold spores. But sudden fluctuation of temperature can cause problems, too. That’s why it’s always best to be sure the door is closed and sealed properly. Not only will this keep the temperature consistently cool, but it will also prevent mold spores from wafting into the cooler. Be sure to turn lights off when no one is in the freezer, as light bulbs can generate heat.
These tips, in addition to Van Ernst Refrigeration’s walk-in cooler installation, maintenance, repair, and replacement services, will keep your unit going strong. They know that sometimes machinery doesn’t breakdown on a schedule, which is why they also offer 24/7 emergency service to help you protect your business. Contact them today at (585) 586-6780 and visit their website to learn more.