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Food Safety: Protecting Your Name from the Top Down

If your facility needs to be a sterile environment, this is your enemy. Your roof is your first line of defense.

Just as food prep and practices change, so do facility safety and maintenance requirements. Today’s food service facilities are more complex than ever before. Maintaining the roof and preventing leaks is vital to your operation and good name.

Just one drop of water through your roof can contaminate your entire facility.

Black mold and other bacteria need water to grow, spread and thrive. A leaky roof can bring contaminants on the outside of your facility to the inside. In addition to bacteria and other pathogens, roof surfaces often harbor bird droppings, fungal growth, oil, grease, fatty acids and chemicals.

Open or unsealed areas like this conduit, allows water into the building envelope. Other roof problems aren’t so obvious and require diligent preventive maintenance.

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Food Service Facilities: Protecting Your Name

Implementing a preventive maintenance program.

There are four steps you should take to implement an effective roof maintenance program.

Step 1: Inspection

Conduct an in-depth roof inspection. 

Inspect roof edges, exterior & interior walls, projections, surface conditions and rooftop equipment. 

Take core samples of existing roof assembly. 

Evaluate drainage.

Step 2: Evaluation

Prepare evaluation & baseline repairs proposal and gather information.

List repairs needed to bring the roof up to a maintainable condition, including prices for repairs

Gather historical data (warranty, type roof system & age)

Document previous roof activity (previous problems, roof traffic & repairs

Step 3: Implementation

Following your acceptance of the proposal, repairs are started.

All work performed by competent staff

Manufacturer’s repair guidelines are strictly followed

Develop a comprehensive budget for yearly maintenance expenses, yearly repair expenses and end of roof life replacement cost

Step 4: Follow-Up

Inspect your roofs at least two times per year and after any major weather events.

Inspect roof edges, exterior & interior walls, projections, surface conditions and rooftop equipment

Clear and clean drains, scuppers and drain lines

Remove debris and organic matter that may restrict drainage

Repair minor problems before they become major

Report in written form, activities completed, existing conditions and suggested actions

Special attention needs to be made around roof penetrations and rooftop equipment common at food service facilities.

459 Allied Dr. • Conway, S.C. 29526 • 843-347-2220 • Fax: 843-347-9719 www.spannroofing.com

REPAIR SERVICES LLC

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