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Four steps to better-managed cold storage

Efficient management of your cold storage can save you time and money, so it makes good sense. Let’s look at four ways to help you do just this.

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Asses the building

Make sure the building that houses your cold storage is in excellent condition. Go round the outside and check the roofing, walls and foundations. Check that the vents and eaves are not obstructed and have not filled with sludge or leaves, as it is really important that a good flow of air gets into the building. Look out for signs of infestations, such as droppings and nests.

Check the walls, floor and ceilings

You are looking for discolouration, which can be an indication that mould or rot is going to start forming; in addition, look into nooks and crannies to find any mould or rot that has already formed. Keeping everything clean will help to prevent this from happening in the first place. Concrete floors should be dry and without cracks, which can indicate a bigger problem. Consult a surveyor if you see anything amiss.

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Check the seals

Broken, ripped, torn and even cracked seals will reduce the efficiency of the cold storage, increase the power needed to keep it cool, and potentially become a food hygiene issue if the overall temperature of the cold storage rises. Cracked or broken seals need to be replaced as soon as possible. You can check the seals when you check the doors for ice, which is something that should be carried out each day as part of your cold storage risk assessment.

Check your fan and condenser regularly

Debris or obstructions can reduce the airflow, which reduces the cooling efficiency, uses more power, and causes equipment to age quicker. Any dust or debris should be cleaned. Poor use of space is known to obstruct the working parts of the fan and condenser; fortunately, low-cost options such as warehouse racking are a great way to keep everything well-organised. Warehouse racking can even be arranged in a way that no one can place items in front of the fan.

Most of these steps are nothing more than simple maintenance checks; however, the more regularly you do them, the more likely it is that you can prevent a small issue from becoming a big problem.