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.

Wastewater Removal

Let’s face it. A broken pipe in the basement or under the house can be an overwhelming task. Not having the ability to run water, the odor of standing sewage and the mess that the plumber isn’t willing to work in to replace the pipe. Using APS Environmental, Inc. will put your worries at ease. We have 24 hour emergency service 7 days a week. Our experienced technicians understand the importance of clean up and are certified to enter confined spaces to safely extract the waste water from the flooded area.

  • Quick Response
  • Prevent Major Water Damage
  • Safe Disposal
  • Emergency Service

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:

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Septic System Design

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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
  • TAKE THE APS PLEDGE!

 

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.

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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.

Wastewater Transport

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

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.

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!