Septic Tank Risers

riserA septic tank riser is a connection between the septic tank and the surface of your yard. Septic tanks are usually buried a few feet underground for health and safety reasons. Tucking them underground also prevents the spread of septic odors.

Having a septic riser installed allows easy access without having to manually excavate your tank for:

  • Pumping
  • Maintenance
  • Inspection

 Benefits of Septic Tank Risers

  • Safe, easy access to septic tank
  • Eliminate time-consuming digging and unsightly patches during grass regrowth
  • Cost-effective reduction of time required for tank servicing
  • Reduce or eliminate the need to relocate tank for every service call

Sanitary T-Baffles

baffleSanitary T-baffles help separate large solids and floating tank scum in septic tanks and grease traps. The primary side of your tank already has one called the “inlet T-baffle,” and there is another one, the “outlet T-baffle,” on the secondary side of your tank. Both sanitary tees are designed the same, but each has a slightly different function.

The inlet T-baffle helps reduce agitation as waste enters the tank to avoid clogging. Without the Inlet T-baffle, the flow of incoming sewage would pour on top of the scum layer. This would harden to a film, disallowing new solids to settle and instead allowing them to build up on top of the tank. Before long, this would block incoming flow and cause it to back up into the main line.

Instead, the inlet T-baffle redirects the flow to enter the middle section of the tank, where waste is free to naturally separate. Heavy solids settle to the tank bottom, and light scum floats to the surface. The inlet baffle also reduces the movement of gases from the tank back through the pipelines into the building that it serves. If this happens, it can cause unpleasant odors and if left unchecked, can actually cause illness and dangerous conditions.

The outlet T-baffle blocks floating scum and debris from flowing out of the tank into the outlet line, where it would rapidly clog a septic system’s drain field. Buildup in the leach lines or drywells is detrimental to the life of any septic system, since it causes early failures and costly repairs. Businesses such as restaurants that are responsible for maintaining a grease trap have another strong motivation to keep their grease trap clean. If not maintained grease will flow through the T-baffle into the pipeline causing back ups and contamination into clean waterways such as rivers.

Mandated public health inspections are a fact of life in the hospitality field, and if an inspector finds that disallowed pollutants are entering our clean waterways through your poorly maintained grease trap, you could be hit with a code violation citation and its attendant costly fine.

APS Environmental, Inc. has designed preventative maintenance plans to protect your investment and our environment. If we find any part of your system isn’t operating as designed, we can repair or replace it, with parts such as these baffles. Call or email us for the details.

T-Baffle Filter Insert


bafflefilterThe EF-6 series filters we install remove solids down to 1/16 inch, and greatly extend the life of your septic system. Shown at the left is the EF-6 Combo, which includes

  • The standard length (14-inch rise) Sanitary T-Baffle™
  • The EF-6 Filter
  • The B4035 bushing for reducing the outlet from Sch. 40 to SDR35 pipe.
  • The Solids Deflector is molded in.
  • This Sanitary T-Baffle may also be used as an Inlet and Outlet Tee.

Pro Pump – Septic

Pro Pump SepticPro-Pump is an effective tool for facility effluent system management. A live bacteria formulation, it offers unmatched performance in keeping septic tanks and drain lines operating smoothly. Its exceptional performance in low-oxygen (anaerobic) environments results in the rapid breakdown, degradation and removal of difficult fats, solids, oils and grease that otherwise tend to build up and cause clogs.

Benefits of using Pro Pump – Septic include:

  • Reduces suspended solids to prevent tank clogs
  • Eliminates line blockages
  • Reduces pumping frequency, saving maintenance costs
  • Eliminates unpleasant odor to improve working conditions

Pink Block

Bio Forece Pink Block

Bio force pink clock is a bacterial grease-digesting additive for lift stations and grease traps.

• Controls grease, sludge, fats and oils to prevent build-ups

• Withstands high temperatures with no loss of effectiveness

• Keeps lift station and grease trap areas odor-free.

• Dissolves slowly, providing continuous treatment over a 30-90 day period, depending on tank size and flow volume

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.

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:


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.