Investing in a fully-operational restaurant can be a dream come true that leads to a financial windfall, or it could be a nightmare that leads to financial devastation. Nearly everyone has heard or seen stories in the news and on social media regarding health and cleanliness violations in restaurants and the food industry. These violations can lead to fines, and some can cause a restaurant to be shut down until infractions are taken care of, and the establishment passes a subsequent inspection.
Any amount of time being shut down can be a financial disaster in the restaurant industry. Not only would there be no money coming in, but there is also a risk of food spoilage and waste. Fortunately, there are two things you can do to prepare the restaurant for inspections in the future as well as for the restaurant to get a fresh start.
1. Grease Trap Pumping
A grease trap is essential in a restaurant. A grease trap is a device and container combination that is located in drains in restaurants and other establishments that handle food and grease-containing waste. The device is designed to separate fats, oils, and grease (FOG). With these materials separated from water and liquids, the water and liquids can easily go down the drain.
The container part of the system contains the collected FOG. Essentially, grease traps prevent clogs. However, they do need to be pumped at a frequency that aligns with the amount of FOG that is produced by the restaurant. For example, a burger joint would likely need more frequent grease trap pumping than a pastry shop. Have the grease trap pumped and schedule routine pumping and inspections by the grease trap pumping service.
2. Water Quality Testing
Restaurants need water in order to prepare foods, wish dishes, and provide drinking water to their customers. The quality of the water used in a restaurant can affect the health and safety of the customers. Poor water quality can result in fines and a closed establishment. Don't rely on the fact that the water source is the city's water supply and believe that means the restaurant water is safe.
There may be old pipes and taps in the facility that may put harmful contaminants in the water. Have the water quality tested regularly to make sure it is within standards. Compare previous test results to determine whether or not there is an increase in any particular contaminant, such as lead or arsenic, as an early warning sign of potential plumbing repairs. For more information, contact a company like Mountain Valley Pumping.
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