When a restaurant has been closed down for some time, the equipment is left to sit. Shut off, and not used, the equipment might experience some issues once restarted. If you have chosen to buy this property and start your own restaurant, you will need to restore your kitchen to functional order. Here is what you will need to do next to ensure proper restaurant equipment repair.
Call an HVAC Contractor
You will need an HVAC contractor to look at your walk-in refrigerators, freezers, furnaces, and ovens, especially if the ovens are operated with gas or propane. Many of these commercial appliances will require restaurant equipment repair when they have been out of commission for so long. The contractor will bring the appliances up to code so that when the city inspector comes through you will pass with flying colors.
Call Commercial Cleaners
A restaurant kitchen that has sat in silence for more than six months before you bought the property is going to be one dirty kitchen. Commercial cleaners can come in and scrub everything from top to bottom, removing dirt, dust, grease, and grime from every visible surface, and even the surfaces you do not readily see. It is very important that you start with a fresh, clean kitchen as this will help you identify problems with pests, and prevent reinfestation of these pests as well.
Call Pest Control
In a kitchen that has not been in operation for some time, you are likely to find all manner of pests. Rats, mice, cockroaches, centipedes, ants, and spiders are the most common. All of these have to be removed before the city inspector comes through, and you have to have traps in place for new unwanted "guests." You can avoid spraying in and around cooking and food prep areas, but the pest control technician will have to take a different approach to deal with the pests in these areas.
Call Mold and Mildew Remediation Specialists
If your HVAC technician or your cleaning crew noted mold in and around your walk-ins and your freezer, you will need a mold and mildew remediation specialist as well. He or she will inspect and test the mold, before professionally removing it. It is not that uncommon for abandoned commercial refrigeration units to develop a mold and mildew problem, so do not be too surprised when the HVAC contractor or cleaning specialists tell you that this is an existing problem.