Coronavirus as you all know is affecting every industry across the globe, including our food service industry. With some restaurants seriously slowing down during this time or completely shutting down. That while not only affecting everyone economically and mentally is also going to be affecting food service equipment as well. Knowing us (FAIM Reps), we focus on the water filtration side of this argument. There are two very important questions to ask yourself regarding food service water filtration at this time. First question is have you had to shut your equipment down during this time (Ice machine, steam cooker, espresso machine, etc). Second question is if so, how long have they been shut down? For Restaurants, Bars and Service Technicians out there that have had business slowed or shut down these are the questions you need to ask yourself at this time and think about.
If you have not had water running through your water filtration equipment in the past week for example you will want to flush water through your filters ASAP. Followed by flushing your water filters every 3-4 days to maintain life until you get back to running water continuously. This is the best practice if you have been down for just under a week.
If however, you have gone past 7 days since having water run through your filters and food service equipment you may have other issues. For example in this scenario it has been determined that microbiological growth can occur within the filter cartridges past 7 days. This included sump style drop in filters, quick twist style, RO, and any other type of filter you can think of. Water filters are meant to have water running through them continuously without stop with exceptions only to weekends and long holidays (per manufacturers). If this is the case you will unfortunately have to replace your current water filter cartridges and sanitize your filter head and equipment the filters were leading to.
This is a situation that has never happened before on this grand scale and we are trying to stay ahead of the curve so restaurant owners do not have to incur any additional expenses during this time as everyone has been impacted economically by the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have any questions regarding this situation please reach out to us and we will do everything we can to help!