Opening a home-based catering business is an exciting way to become your own boss. Even better, it can be a more economical way to do so. Working from home will offer you more time to be with your family, but it will also help you avoid paying the high overhead costs, such as rental fees and utilities for a separate commercial space, which can financially stress a new business venture. But along with the benefits of running a home-based catering business, there are also some potential problems that will need to be addressed and grease management is an important one of these.
Food preparation areas will need to address grease management
The area of your home that will be used for commercial food preparation with your catering business will need to be outfitted with a grease trap or grease interceptor system. In addition to collecting grease and oils and preventing them from being released into the sewer system, a grease trap provides important protection for the existing plumbing in your home.
Grease traps function by providing a way for grease and wastewater to separate
Grease traps and interceptor systems work by functioning as a reservoir for wastewater before it can reach the regular sewer system. While the wastewater is held in the reservoir, the temperature cools, allowing the oils and grease to solidify and float on top of the wastewater. Once this separation occurs, the remaining liquid is safely released into the sewer system.
Local regulations are likely to govern the size and type of grease trap to install
Before installing any grease trap or interceptor system, it is important to always work with your local regulatory board to determine which type and size of system you will need. When making your final choice, it is wise to think about the potential growth you expect your business to experience and make sure that the size and type of grease management system you choose now will handle both the current and expected future needs for your business as it grows.
Regular cleaning is required to keep grease traps functioning properly
Once you have arranged for the installation of a properly sized grease management system, you will also need to make a plan to maintain it. A good way to do this is to work with a septic services professional who offers grease trap cleaning and maintenance for food service businesses. Since the schedule of cleaning will depend on the level of business, you do and the size of the grease trap management system you install, ask the service provider to help you determine how often you should expect to require cleaning services.
For more information, contact your local commercial grease trap pumping service.
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