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Acti-Zyme Products Ltd.

Acti-zyme can be used by all households operating on a septic tank sewage to kill offensive odors - clean the lines - digest soaps and greases, primarily of enzymes and cultured seed bacteria. Available through the online store. Acti-zyme is available OUTSIDE of the Lower Mainland by calling 1.250.442.2777...
Top 5 Article Search Results for keyword(s): Septic Tanks

Help! - Smelly Septic Tank!

Question from Sandi in Langley, B.C. -----Dear Shell,We live in an area of Langley that sometimes has septic tank problems. Our septic tank is 10 years old. We had it pumped one...
Get Rid of Septic Tank Odors

Q. The septic tank at our cabin is 10 years old. We had it pumped one year ago and everything seemed to be working fine. A few weeks ago we began to notice a gassy odour in the kitchen and laundry areas of the house. We again had the septic tank cleaned and were told the system looked fine. We have checked the field and the ground seems very firm. Since having the tank cleaned we have continued to notice the same smell. We are not sure what to do next. Could you recommend a product or point us i
What Homeowners Need to Know About Their Septic System

According to studies conducted 25 - 30% of single family homes in North America are using a septic system rather than being connected to a municipality's sewer collection system. Today 40% of new homes constructed are not connected to municipal sewer systems.
How to Choose the Right Water Heater

Folks, how many times have you run out of hot water? It can be pretty frustrating if it happens while you are in the middle of a shower, doing the dishes or trying to get all your laundry done.
Hot Water Tanks Explained

Folks, how many times have you run out of hot water? It can be pretty frustrating if it happens while you are in the middle of a shower, doing the dishes or trying to get all your laundry done. You just might need a larger hot water tank to meet the needs of your family and your family’s lifestyle. Here are a few guidelines to help you choose the right sized hot water tank:
How Long Will My 20 Year Old Water Tank Last?

Questions from Margaret ----Dear Shell,I would like to know if there is a way to check a hot water heater to see if it needs replacing. Our hot water heater is 20 years old and...
Understanding Underground Oil Tanks

If your house is more than 35 years old, there probably was an underground heating oil storage tank somewhere on the property. Many homes built between the 1920s and 1960s used oil as a heating fuel, with oil tanks buried close to the foundation of a home. Few homes use oil now, and home owners may not realize that they have an old tank on their property. Tanks have an average life of 20 to 25 years, after which they can begin to leak hazardous materials.
Ask Shell's Tip Of The Day - Hot Water Tank Maintenance

Flush your hot water tanks every couple of years to prevent sediment build-up on the bottom of the tank and on the heating elements which can reduce the lifespan of your hot water heater.
Closing up the Cottage for the Season

What to do for the off-season: Some say cabin others say cottage; whatever you term your getaway home, the question remains: What to do when closing up for the fall or winter season.
Getting Exterior Of Home Ready For Fall

As we head into shorter days and cooler nights, it's an ideal time to do some preventative maintenance to the exterior of your house. It doesn't have to take weeks or months and it doesn't have to cost a fortune. If you take care of the basics you'll save yourself hundreds of dollars in costly repairs for such things as winter damage and heat loss. Most people can do their own work, and it doesn't need to be a back breaking regimen of chores.
Tips to Close Up the Cottage

What to do for the off-season: Some say cabin others say cottage; whatever you term your getaway home, the question remains: What to do when closing up for the fall or winter season. Perhaps, the summer if you happen to be a snowbird with property down South.
Device for monitoring water leaks

Question from: WarrenKamloops, BCDear Shell,Some time ago, you talked about a company called First Smart Sensor Corp. Do you still feel this is a viable product?
Toilet problems?

Question from: CathyCalgary, ABDear Shell,Our house is 9 ˝ years old. We have trouble with all 3 toilets overflowing or water coming just to the top and then slowing going...
Routine Home Maintenance

Preventative maintenance now can save a lot of time and money later. Here is a handy routine maintenance check list that is ideal to keep on hand.
Fall Maintenance For The Home

Fall is here and it's the time of year when we inspect our homes, finish off those exterior maintenance chores and ensure our homes' heating systems are in fine working order. While the timing of the seasons varies across the country, this maintenance list is a general guide for you to follow.
Sewer Smells Coming From The Drains

Q. We have noticed a "sewer" smell in the laundry room and it seemed to happen whenever we did laundry. Our hot water tank is in a closet off the laundry room, but now it seems to be happening more frequently--even when we are not doing laundry. Do you have any suggestions what it could be before we have a plumber come out?
Sewage smell

Question from: JanetCalgary, ABDear Shell,I own a bungalow that was built in the mid 1970's. I purchased it almost 4 years ago. It has a basement suite that was there prior...
Stinky well water and toilet stains

Question from Nancy in Prince George, BC -----Dear Shell, Our water has a rotten egg smell. We are on a well; the water has a high iron content. Presently there is black sediment...
Toilet Bowl Over Filling With Water When Flushed

Q: I have a bi-level house with one washroom on each level. The situation is this: When I flush the toilet on the upper level the water almost fills the toilet bowl, then drains slowly until all the water is gone with a sound of air coming from the drainage pipe. The washroom on the lower level is ok when I flush it. I would appreciate your advice on this matter.
When To Replace Hot Water Tank

Q: We have had the same hot water tank in our home for many years. How do we know when we should be concerned with a new replacement? We are concerned it may suddenly break down and cause a flood.