Lift Stations

liftWhat equipment is used in this process?

Depends on how big the lift station is. Deeper ones need Vac-Con.

A lift station is a tank (wet well) that waste-water enters, to be lifted to a higher elevation. Lift stations range in size, typically equipped with one or more pumps, a control panel and alarm system. These pumps are used when gravity cannot naturally direct the flow.

Lift stations can have a submersible pump designed to function inside the tank, or an external pump designed to operate outside of the tank. They have sensors (floats) that trigger a pump to turn on or off when the water reaches a certain level.

An alarm will sound to notify operators of a problem. The water level could be too high or too low. There could be a brief, internal failure or simply debris obstructing the sensors from working properly. This is usually what alerts our customers to the need for cleaning and/or maintenance. That’s when they call APS Environmental.

Frequency of service will vary with lift station usage and design. We work with each clients’ specific needs to determine the level of service needed to ensure their system functions properly.

The profound depth of some lift stations can exceed the maximum cubic feet per minute (CFM) range of most vacuum trucks, preventing them from pulling up heavy debris. Our trucks are fully capable of handling 5,000 CFM, while we perform multiple other tasks simultaneously. If necessary, our confined space certified technicians can enter the tank safely to pressure-wash the walls and hydro jet the pipelines.

We also carry Bioforce Pink Block, an additive product that helps break down built-up grease after our service is complete. This can prevent future blockages requiring further lift station cleaning.

If you’ve heard an unwelcome alarm or simply noticed sluggish performance in your lift station, call or email us today. We’ll help determine the most effective maintenance schedule to return your asset to optimal function now, and prevent recurring problems in the future.

Call us today! We will help to determine your maintenance needs.

CCTV Pipe Inspection

With so much of water conveyance systems located underground, it’s often difficult or impossible to access lift stations, older manholes, long or small-diameter pipes and other parts of their infrastructure to visually inspect these system elements. When that happens, we use remote cameras, either mounted on handheld push rods, or carried along on a remote-controlled, wheeled tractor or other carrier, into the pipe or other asset where a human can’t go.

This service provides a method of making a complete visual inspection and evaluation of

  • Storm water systems
  • Sanitary sewer systems
  • Related pipelines

to determine conditions inside the pipe.

Our equipment runs up to 2500 feet into the asset. Features include

  • High-definition video/text monitoring coordinated with a digital footage counter
  • DVD burner to record, share and archive the inspection for future reference

This video inspection is a valuable and cost effective tool to diagnose

  • Roots intrusion
  • Broken pipes
  • Clogs

or to map infrastructure layout. This helps us understand where your system assets are located, and how best to access them for cleaning, repair or replacement.

Benefits of using this tool include the ability to:

  • quickly and accurately diagnose current problems
  • discover and anticipate future problems
  • identify specific location of a known problem
  • save time, disruption and expense doing the above, instead of having to dig to inspect

Sewer Cleaning and Jetting

APS Environmental, Inc. is equipped with efficient and environmentally safe high-pressure water jetting rigs, used to scour and remove buildup of

  • Grease
  • Sludge
  • Sand
  • Dirt
  • Gravel
  • Roots
  • Scale
  • Rust
  • Other debris

from all types of drain lines and surfaces. Businesses and organizations in any category – commercial, industrial, municipal, institutional – and even residential property owners and managers can find themselves in need of professional jetter cleaning.

The process is safe to use on

  • Interior and exterior surfaces
  • Process equipment
  • Heat exchangers
  • Floor gates
  • Deck plates
  • Floor surfaces
  • Any type of piping

When used as a part of your regular maintenance program, this service can assist in keeping your waste and storm water conveyance systems and equipment functioning properly with less down time. By preventing premature wear on parts, it can extend the life of your systems elements, and help prevent the need for emergency calls. Removal of heavy substance buildup returns your water pipes to their designed volume capacity, increasing efficiency and productivity.

We specialize in pipeline cleaning using Hydro Jet systems operating at 4,000 psi on pipes up to 42 inches in diameter. These high-pressure blasts of water can break through the toughest blockages, and remove years of built-up debris. Jetters can get the job done faster than a mechanical flail or foaming agents, returning your system to optimal operation quickly and with less down time.

Infrastructure 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.

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.

Stormwater Maintenance

When rainwater washes over our highways, parking lots, construction sites and farmlands, it picks up a wide range of pollutants and toxins. Then it flows into our streams, lakes, rivers, and oceans…untreated. This becomes a huge problem for the health of marine life, and ultimately, for humans, so it’s important for any government, business or organization responsible for a physical plant and/or campus — which is most of us — to properly manage this storm water runoff.

APS Environmental, Inc. helps our clients to take a proactive stance on storm water management by

  • Helping them establish preventive maintenance plans for their storm water infrastructure, including inspection, maintenance and emergency response
  • Inspecting these assets under these plans to discover small issues before they become big ones, or to identify the source of unexpected runoff
  • Maintaining these structures as part of these plans in a way that fits with the property owners’ needs and does as much as possible to extend the service life of the assets
  • Responding quickly to emergency calls because even the best laid plans can’t anticipate every possibility

Many facilities were built with detention and infiltration systems to provide underground drainage and storage of excess storm water. We offer maintenance, inspection, surface cleaning and pressure-washing of these structures, along with

  • Catch basins and drop inlets
  • CDS storm vaults
  • Storm water pipelines
  • Surface areas where pollutants tend to collect

By cleaning storm systems, ground surfaces and removing corrosion from pipes, we can reduce pollutants that could harm our environment. This work will also help keep you compliant with environmental regulations and save you the time, expense and discomfort of violation citations.

Pipeline Video Inspection

This service is performed by inserting a special camera into a pipeline when human inspection is not possible due to hazardous conditions or inaccessibility. It provides a complete evaluation of storm systems, sewer systems or related pipelines to determine the condition of the inside of the pipe. Our equipment runs 250 feet and features include high-tech video/text monitoring along with a digital footage counter and DVD burner. It is a valuable tool and a cost effective way to diagnose roots intrusion, a broken pipe, a clog, or map infrastructure lay out.

Pro’s of a Pipeline Video Inspection

  • Diagnose Future Problems
  • Diagnose Current Problems
  • Infrastructure Inspections
  • Identify Specific Location of a Problem

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.

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!

Confined Space Entry

One of the limitations imposed on water system technicians is that much of the infrastructure that must be worked on is located in what’s referred to as confined spaces. To fit this definition, the space must exhibit three characteristics:

  • It must be large enough for the technician’s body to fit inside to perform necessary work. This is true even if it’s only head and shoulder’s that fit, as long as the space limitation doesn’t hamper the ability to get the job done
  • The space is not intended for continuous occupation
  • Entry and exit into or out of the space in restricted

Confined spaces may include:

  • Lift Stations
  • Boilers
  • Pits
  • Process Vessels
  • Septic Tanks
  • Storage Bins
  • Hoppers
  • Silos

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 1.6 million people enter confined spaces annually. But not all of them are doing so with the proper safety equipment, site preparation and precautions. It’s estimated that if everyone used this type of compliance, American businesses could annually avoid

  • 53 worker deaths
  • 5,000 lost day cases
  • 5,700 other related accidents

At APS Environmental, we care deeply about solving our customers’ problems, and offer them cutting-edge service, innovation in ideas and their implementation, and quality workmanship. However, safety is – and must be – our Number One priority. The well-being of our staff and their families is extremely important to us. Without them feeling protected and cared for, they wouldn’t be able to concentrate on the best way to tackle your issues.

So we make sure they have everything they need to successfully complete your confined space entry project:

  • proper high-quality, dependable safety gear and equipment
  • the right training and certification for the work they must perform
  • the correct, well-maintained tools to get the job done