Starting In The Pressure Washing Business and Understanding Guidelines

Hello everyone, I am brand new here, although I have been doing a lot of research over the last couple of months on the forums. I am slowly starting to invest and build my business, and I am very eager to start, hopefully in the near future. I am in Texas, in a smaller town outside of Dallas/Fort Worth. I grew up here, and I think I can easily capitalize on my connections in town and begin growing the business. I have a good grasp on the equipment I need, chemicals and mixes, and the correct techniques. However the one thing that is tripping me up is all of the EPA guidelines. I have read through all of the posts I can find, and I can’t get any straight - forward answers. I am planning to focus on fences/decks, house cleaning, and driveway/sidewalks. As I said, I am in a smaller town and I can’t think of a lot of places where there is curbs or storm drains, except for maybe around the town square. From what I have seen online, most people are not running reclamation systems, or doing anything really when working residential. So is this something I need to worry about? The city and county governments don’t have any available information online concerning pressure washing and wastewater. I would like to also get into commercial work in the future, but not if it going to be such a hassle with all of this EPA stuff. Thank you in advance for any information!

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Keep the runoff out of storm sewers and whenever possible keep it on customer’s property. And I think its a state issue.

There’s not much info about the subject because every county and even city will have different regulations. It’s a good idea to contact your city or county to find out for sure and to make sure you don’t need any other permits. Some cities and counties require business permits to perform any work. Most counties have a department to help small businesses or someone will at least be able to answer questions. Just call down to your county offices and ask what all they require. If anything contact your nearest SBA and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction.