Prepping For Inspections Of Your Walk-In Unit

When your walk-in refrigeration is working properly, you tend to forget the regular checkups that may point out common issues. Even worse - you may forget to check or fix something on the cooler and get caught off guard when it comes time for your health inspection. A failed inspection due to a faulty walk-in cooler or freezer can cause hefty fines which is never ideal. Checking on your walk-in unit helps to ensure that you can pass health inspections and also ensure that everything is working properly and efficiently at the same time. 


Here are some tips that will help with inspecting your walk-in cooler and ensuring it passes inspection:


1) Check the temperature and thermometers regularly. If the temperatures appear to be running lower than normal it can mean that you have damage to the door seal, or an issue with your condenser unit. When foods are stored at improper temperatures it can lead to food spoiling and going bad. 


2) Do a check on all food items being stored to ensure nothing has gone bad or spoiled. Prepped food that is ready to eat should be labeled properly with a use-by date and if not used by then should be discarded. If a health inspector finds food in your walk-in that is damaged or spoiled they will fail you and hit you with fines.


3) Keep organized. The more organized your walk-in cooler is, the easier it will be to sort through the foods and thoroughly clean the unit. Being able to walk around and easily sort through stored items will make sure you don’t miss an item that may get you fined by the health inspector. 


4) Keep floors clean. Make sure that the floors are regularly cleaned and free from debris. If there is a spill, make sure to clean it up as soon after the incident to not only avoid any type of mold buildup but also so that you don’t forget to clean it. 


5) Check for rust and mold. If you see rust or mold within your walk-in unit it means that you have a significant issue with your unit and likely means that stored items in the cooler or freezer have gone bad. If a health inspector sees any indication of rust or mold they will almost immediately fail you and hit you with a heavy fine. 


While the list may seem intimidating, there is no reason that you can’t add these items to a regularly weekly check up routine. If you do have any issues listed above, make sure to act on them quickly to make sure they are fixed quickly by a professional. Keep in mind that while the idea of failing a health inspection and getting fined may seem like a pretty bad situation, any of the items mentioned above translate directly to the efficiency of your walk-in cooler or freezer and the equipment. If you notice anything listed above during a weekly check, you may be able to find something wrong or needs replacing within your walk-in unit that if left unfixed may cause damage that is unfixable and cost you way more money in the long run if your unit were to be unable to operate at all. HoodMart provides our customers with a wide range of walk-in coolers and freezers - as well as all walk-in accessories such as door hinges, kick plates, and light fixtures. HoodMart Walkin Coolers are Guaranteed To Pass ALL City & State Codes. ALL HoodMart® Walk-In Coolers and Freezers are UL Listed Panels and Doors, NSF Listed, EISA & U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Compliant, and Listed and Certified for all States, including City of Houston, State of Oregon, New York City. Custom Hurricane Approved Units Available. If you still have questions regarding the purchase of your walk-in cooler or freezer, please feel free to contact one of our experts today by calling us at 1.800.715.1014 or by contacting us through our live chat system.