Hydro Excavating

APS Environmental has construction vehicles that remove earth to create a hole or void in the ground, then remove the resulting heavy debris by powerful suction through a wide vacuum hose. The earth to be suctioned out is first loosened with a powerful water jet capable of putting out an ultra-high 42,000 psi, hence the term “hydro-excavation.”

Hydro-excavation is considered a best practice for safely locating and revealing underground utilities, because it’s

  • Less than half as likely to damage buried utilities as traditional dig methods
  • Safer than traditional digging; functions as insurance against dangerous accidents that can cause power disruptions, huge work stoppage bills, and even worker death from inadvertent severing of power lines
  • Environmentally preferable, since we truck away all resulting debris to be properly disposed of at our own licensed treatment plant

Our Vac Con combination sewer cleaner/tanker and our Berringer industrial wet/dry vacuum loader are ideal for this type of work, including

  • Location of water pipelines or unknown utilities
  • Pot holing (inspection of subsurface exploration)
  • Trench digging
  • Cleaning out a sewer manhole or lift station
  • Foundation excavation where lots of utilities are in the ground.
  • Removing building or demolition rubble
  • High-end backyard design, to remove leftover construction aggregates, etc.
  • Cleaning off river and stream banks
  • Offloading a disabled vehicle’s load to allow it to be righted or towed
  • Excavating in tight, confined spaces where not a lot of other equipment will fit
  • Tight space work that limits the number of vehicles that can fit in the limited footprint.

Why choose APS Environmental for your hydro-excavation job?

  • Licensed contractor for underground work
  • Customer service and technician safety training second to none make sure we’re always part of the solution, not the problem
  • Customer education on proper application, cost-effectiveness and safety, so you can make an informed decision on your investment in this service
  • Equipment designed to handle the work, maintained in state of constant readiness
  • Our boom lets us work up to 25 feet from our truck directly, and depending on the property’s level of incline, our powerful vacuum can bring heavy loads through the hose from as far away as 300 feet.
  • We gladly accept challenging projects everyone else turns down as too difficult. We know there’s always a solution, and have the training, experience and knowledge to find it.

Wastewater Bulk Hauling

When we’re called to a job, we typically end up with wastewater of some sort — usually construction site storm water, winery or other processing plant byproducts or residential septage — that must be disposed of.

You can have peace of mind using us for your wastewater hauling needs, because we’re

  • Equipped for the job: We have four pumper/tanker trucks that can handle thousands of gallons
  • Environmentally responsible: We dispose of wastewater safely, in our own local permitted treatment plant. Farther away, we use a list of disposal sites authorized by the state.
  • Regulation compliant: We perform standard heavy metals and tests for invisible solids content, and can also do hydrocarbon sampling.
  • Safe: Our crews always wear protective gear, and we’re affiliated with the California Wastewater Environmental Agency (CWEA) and the National Assn. of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO), through which we receive municipal training and testing for certification on technical expertise.
  • Professional: Uniformed personnel, trained in professional practices, driving well-maintained trucks



Grease Trap Services

greaseGrease traps are mechanical elements of a building’s sanitary sewer system, designed to capture heavy grease and oils from the wastewater stream that flows from the establishment. They prevent these substances from entering and ultimately clogging the municipal collection system. Restaurants, hotels and other food service companies will have and need to maintain at least one grease trap in their systems.

Most commercial kitchens have grease traps that vary in size from 500-10,000 gallon capacity and are located underground, outside the kitchen. Smaller grease traps, usually 25-100 gallons in size, are located inside the kitchen. They’re commonly located under the kitchen sink or in the floor, with an access cover.

Inside a grease trap, grease within the water flow is captured and as it cools, it separates from the water. Smaller grease particles float to the top of the tank, while heavier solids sink to the bottom. Sanitary T-baffles installed near the trap help this process.

As you might imagine, grease builds up over time and regular maintenance of the trap is required for the system to function properly. If grease trap maintenance is neglected, the grease can solidify in the lines. This will ultimately back up the system, causing grease to overflow the top of the tank and run directly into the sewer line. Results?

  • The establishment’s staff and customers will experience a foul odor.
  • The business will incur costly emergency service calls to clean up the mess, inspect the system for further clogs and repair any damage.
  • The business experiences costly downtime while this is all happening.
  • The management may possibly be fined by a city or county inspector.

Don’t neglect your grease trap maintenance when it’s so easy to keep it clean and running well. We specialize in this service, and understand your need to remain online and profitable. We’re happy to design preventive maintenance plans tailored to your specific needs, and perform any necessary minor repairs before they become big problems. Best of all, we can perform the needed services with one call, on a schedule that works for you and your budget. Our technicians provide 24/7 service to avoid disruption of your operation, so there’s no need to wait until your grease trap becomes a problem.

A complete service includes

  • Pumping the tank
  • Pressure washing it’s walls
  • Hydro-jetting the lines
  • Administering a Pro Pump grease maintainer treatment
  • A free system inspection

Call today to get your grease traps on a regular maintenance schedule that will save you time, grief and dollars. Don’t forget to ask about our multiple-site discounts!

Car Wash

APS Environmental, Inc. services a wide range of car washes in the Northern California and Nevada regions. We specialize in servicing complete underground water collection systems such as

  • Sand/oil separators
  • Clarifiers
  • Troughs
  • Catch basins
  • Reclamation systems
  • And much more

With newly implemented environmental regulations concerning runoff and more being considered all the time, it’s imperative that you take proper measures toward the maintenance of your car wash.

Sand/oil separators are designed to prevent mud, sand, oil, and debris from flowing into the storm sewer, polluting our clean waterways. Lack of proper, timely maintenance allows debris to build up in the tank and lines. This creates a backup, causing costly downtime losses and – worse yet – overflow that will get you cited for environmental infractions.

Foreign matter in water reclamation systems can produce a foul odor if not pumped out periodically. Because these systems are underground, the “out of sight, out of mind” mentality often takes over. But in the long run, not pumping can really cost you.

Most counties perform annual inspections to ensure proper measures are taken to comply with regulations. You may know when inspectors will arrive, but what if they show up unannounced, and that telltale odor is wafting up from your reclamation tank?

APS Environmental, Inc. partners with our clients to help keep you compliant by

  • Proactively keeping you informed about the latest regulatory changes
  • Providing thorough cleaning with a record of work performed
  • Working with you to plan preventive maintenance schedules that make sense for your individual business

Our experienced professionals will help design a plan that best fits your needs, from CCTV video inspections, pumping and pressure-washing, to hydro-jetting and minor repairs. We’ll even clean your onsite stormwater collection systems while we’re there.

We offer

  • Multiple-site discounts to save you money
  • Preventive maintenance to minimize emergency calls
  • After-hours service to prevent having to take systems offline during production
  • Load manifest verification to ensure regulatory compliance and avoid citations
  • Free estimates to help you stay on budget, on time and risk-free

Emergency Service

Peace of mind is priceless.

Thankfully — for us and for our customers — we don’t often get called to do emergency response work. But it’s nice to know that if you need us, we’re here to help you assess an emergency situation before it gets out of hand.

That’s right: We maintain a 24-hour on-call line where we can be reached whenever a wastewater or storm water situation arises that’s out of your control. Because, let’s face it, emergencies never happen at an opportune time.

Any circumstance related to water conveyance systems that threatens to shut down your home or business, just pick up the phone and call our emergency number at (916) 749-8895, and we’ll be on our way to your relief:

  • Manufacturer production line shutdown
  • Flooding lift stations
  • Overflowing manholes
  • City sewer line backup
  • Unscheduled grease trap cleaning
  • Clogged residential septic or sewer lines
  • Plumbing floods & backups

Our quick response can save your business untold losses in productivity stoppages. Best of all, we’ll usually be able to diagnose your problem over the phone, and maybe save you the price of the emergency call. 95% of the time, what may appear to be an emergency really can wait until the next day for us to arrive and fix the problem. But if you really do need us right now, we’ll be there.