Septic System Services

The staff at APS Environmental has many years of combined experience servicing commercial and residential septic systems. We understand that most people don’t really understand what their system does and how it works. That means they’re less likely to be aware if it begins to malfunction, when the problem could be more readily diagnosed and fixed. After a certain period of improper operation, a septic system will ultimately fail completely, and at that point, the owner is in for a huge replacement bill.

We like to be proactive in helping people understand the importance of maintaining the health of their septic system. So, with each service, we like to share our knowledge by informing customers about how their system works and how to prevent problems down the road.

If you already know your system needs routine maintenance or even some minor repairs, give us a call or send an email to schedule an APS visit. Our septic system service includes:


Septic System Design


How a septic system works

A septic system is designed as a draining system for the water used in your household. As the used water, food particles, grease, and toiletry from your house flows through the mainline it is captured in the primary side of the septic tank. As the debris flows into the tank it is separated utilizing a sanitary T-baffle. The heavy solids sink to the bottom of the tank. The lighter scum floats to the top of the tank while the clear water flows into the secondary side of the tank. The secondary tank helps capture the debris that has escaped the primary chamber. The water then flows through another sanitary T-baffle, through the outlet line and dispersed at the distribution box into the leach field.

Maintaining your septic

As with your family car, your septic system needs regular maintenance to function properly. There are many steps you can take to prevent septic failure.

  • The septic tank should be pumped at least every 3-5 years
  • Use live bacteria additives to help break down solids and prevent odor


Root Removal

Roots can intrude into any underground water conveyance or treatment system. Trees don’t know the difference between homes, businesses and nonprofit facilities. Their roots are attracted to consistent sources of water, and your pipelines fit the bill. You will find unwelcome roots inside of

  • Residential or commercial septic systems, where they can cause severe damage to pipes, leach fields and sanitary T-baffles
  • Municipal storm and sanitary sewer systems, where the intrusion sites can become major sources of unwanted damage
  • Institutional graywater distribution lines, where root balls can eventually cause disruptive, disgusting backups
  • Industrial holding pond pipelines, where excessive root growth can severely lessen the efficiency of designed flow

APS Environmental, Inc. offers several methods of root removal, depending on the location and severity of the intrusion damage. We can help you avoid costly downtime and repairs through

  • Manual root pulling in confined spaces such as tanks
  • Chemical foam flushes
  • Chain flail attachments
  • Roto-cutter attachments
  • High pressure hydro-jetting

If you suspect that your pipelines are playing host to unwelcome roots, call or email us today to schedule an inspection and risk-free estimate for us to evict those freeloaders forever.

Pipeline Renewal and Rehabilitation

APS Environmental

  • Installs
  • Services
  • Maintains
  • Rehabilitates
  • Replaces

Storm water and sanitary sewer infrastructure assets as well as residential septic systems.

Our maintenance services include:

  • Inspect and locate pipelines, manually and with pushrod- and tractor-mounted CCTV cameras
  • Hydro jetting, surface blasting and mechanical cleaning using combination vacuum trucks and portable hydro jetters
  • Root removal via foaming chemical agents or mechanical flails
  • Repair and replace collapsed or crumbling pipes, manholes, lift stations and other assets via traditional dig-and-replace or trenchless methods

You can feel confident...

Hiring APS Environmental crews for your infrastructure renewal projects.

  • We’re insured, bonded, and hold a C-42 California Contractors License for underground pipeline installation and rehabilitation.
  • We’re among the best-trained professionals in the business, including CWEA certifications.
  • Our rigorous professional training and higher-end equipment allow us to be more productive.
  • We provide cleaning, video inspection and replacement; a one-stop shop for our customers’ convenience.

Leach Field Rejuvenation

Drain fields serve as a natural waste disposal system for homes not hooked up to city sanitary sewer systems. If your home or business is on a septic system, then you have a drain field. There are two types of drain fields:

  • Drywell – built in a vertical direction
  • Leach field – built horizontally

Each drain field is built with a bed of stone or gravel. Perforated pipe is laid atop this bed, then covered with soil. The water from your home flows through the septic system into a distribution box, which distributes the water into the drain field.

If the septic system has not been maintained properly over time, solids will eventually get pushed into the leach lines. There, they collect until they clog, causing the system to back up. This can permanently damage the drain field, in which case we recommend replacement.


Sometimes, however, a leach field can qualify for rejuvenation instead of replacement — a less costly approach when your system has failed. APS Environmental offers this service to our customers with septic systems. Here’s how it works:

  • A leach field test is part of your 10-point inspection during an APS Environmental septic cleaning.
  • Our technicians use high-pressure jetting to break down any heavy debris.
  • Then they add a powerful oxidizing agent to dissolve the buildup.

This simple process extends the life of your current septic system, it also helps you avoid a more costly leach field replacement.