What to Do if Your Commercial Refrigeration/Freezer Equipment Is Exposed to Contaminated Water Supply or Flooding?

architecture-2608323_640You rely on Orlando commercial refrigeration to protect the items within your fridge, whether they are food, drinks, medications or elsewise. Contamination of the water supply or flooding within the area can have devastating effects, but with our help, you can salvage your items and ensure your appliance functions safely and correctly.

What Food to Toss

Unfortunately, following flooding, you must toss the majority of the food in your commercial fridge. Any food that you believe may have contacted the flood water or contaminated water must be thrown out, with the exception being food or drinks stored in whole, waterproof containers. Only undamaged and wholly sealed pouches and metal cans are waterproof. Jars with tops that screw, pull, or snap are not waterproof, and food and drinks within cardboard boxes are also unsafe.

Saving the Undamaged Food

After the flood, you must clean the items remaining in whole, waterproof containers before using them. Remove the labels if possible and wipe away silt and dirt, then wash them thoroughly with hot water and soap. Rinse them using drinkable water. Then, you should place the cans and pouches in boiling water for two minutes, or alternatively, soak them for 15 minutes in one cup of unscented bleach of household concentration in five gallons of water. Always let the containers completely dry before use.

When Machines Require Replacement

Certain commercial refrigeration appliances cannot be thoroughly cleaned following flooding, requiring a complete replacement. Unfortunately, no one can safely repair ice bins or ice machines after they’ve come in contact with chemically contaminated flood waters, mud, or sewage. They cannot be sanitized and are unsafe.

Sanitizing Machines

When the equipment did not directly contact the flood waters, we can help you save it. You should use a sanitizer solution to wipe down all of the surfaces not within a food zone, then let it air dry. Clean the air condenser as well, using water and soap. Caring for electrical components is more challenging, but you can prevent corrosion and oxidation by spraying the wire ends and electrical connections with an approved silicone spray and dielectric cleaner. Use dry air to ensure everything is completely dry. We must test the electrical system following these steps to confirm the freezer is safe to use.

As soon as you notice flooding or a contaminated water supply, contact our team at All Temp to examine your Orlando commercial refrigeration. We will make necessary repairs and confirm whether you must toss the items within the unit. Contact us at 407-857-7800 within the Orlando area, or those in the Tampa area can call 813-630-9400.

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