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Helix Labs And TPS Versa-Max At BCWWA 2013 Show In Kelowna

 Matt Jones and Glenn Votkin with the Martech exhibit at BCWWA in Kelowna.

Matt Jones and Glenn Votkin with the Martech exhibit at BCWWA in Kelowna.

Matt Jones and Glenn Votkin talked with utility managers and operators at the BCWWA Conference earlier this week. Matt and Glenn were showing Helix Labs biological grease & odor management products and the new TPS Versa-Max pipe repair clamp/coupling.

If you work on sewer line, lift station or water line maintenance and repair – don’t wait for BCWWA’s next conference in 2014 to try Helix Labs grease & odor management or Versa-Max pipe repair clamp/coupling.

Contact us and ask Martech to hook you up with a trial order package!


ADDRESSING GREASE BUILDUP IN YOUR SEWER LINES

Grease. if it’s not treated as solid waste, it’s dumped into your water treatment system when home owners and commercial businesses rinse grease down their drains with hot water!

 Photo: Examples from Canada and the United States of grease, fats and oil buildup restricting the flow of wastewater in sewer lines.

Photo: Examples from Canada and the United States of grease, fats and oil buildup restricting the flow of wastewater in sewer lines.

Liquid grease solidifies at 13°C (55°F), floats on water and adheres to sewer lines. Grease buildup in sewer pipelines reduces the capacity of the line and restricts the flow of wastewater (increasing the risk of overflow). Grease layers that break off can create total plugs downstream (creating a sanitary overflow event!).

HELIX LABORATORIES

Helix Labs is a science-based company with an environmentally friendly philosophy.

Helix Labs produces biological alternatives to jetting, vacuuming and other mechanical grease removal methods. The Helix bacteria literally “eat the grease problem for breakfast”.

 Photo: Example of lift station BEFORE rapid grease buildup problem (12" of grease vacuumed off every week) and AFTER Helix Labs 'shock dosage' of grease eating bacteria.

Photo: Example of lift station BEFORE rapid grease buildup problem (12" of grease vacuumed off every week) and AFTER Helix Labs 'shock dosage' of grease eating bacteria.

WHAT IS BIO-AUGMENTATION?

Adding helpful bacteria to enhance the performance of biological systems in wastewater is called bio-augmentation. Typical areas where bio-augmentation is applied are:

  • Reducing and controlling F.O.G. build-up
  • Eliminating odors
  • Promoting biological stability in wastewater systems

Helix Labs bacteria consumes Fats, Oils, Grease (FOG) buildup in wastewater pipeline and lift stations. Using Helix Labs bacteria is similar to maintaining a swimming pool:

  1. An initial SHOCK dosage
  2. Ongoing MAINTENANCE dosage
  3. Delivering a subsequent SHOCK dosage if required

The result: dramatic reductions in grease buildup! On a typical sewer line or lift station, the time between jetting or vacuum service is increased from once every 30 days to once every 6 months.


VERSA-MAX PIPE REPAIR at BCWWA 2013

Versa-Max is an all-in-one product that does the job of a pipe coupling and a pipe repair clamp. Martech showed off the TPS Versa-Max repair clamp/coupling at the 2013 BCWWA Conference in Kelowna on April 20-24.

CONTEST: HOW FAST CAN YOU INSTALL A VERSA-MAX?

Visit our booth during the BCWWA trade show and try your hand installing a Versa-Max!

  1. Start with your VersaMax closed and nuts finger-tight.
  2. Loosen the nuts to the end of the bolts (removing the nuts is not necessary, doing that will only slow you down!)
  3. Open the clamp
  4. Position the Versa-Max on the pipe
  5. Make sure the end of the gasket slides into place under the internal positioning plate then close the clamp around the pipe
  6. Close the compression beam over the lug assembly
  7. Tighten all four nuts with your fingers.
  8. FINISHED!

Best installation time WINS THE PRIZE – a new Apple iPad 2 ($529 value) for the fastest Versa-Max installer!

Are you keen on pipe repair? Watch this Versa-Max installation video before you come to the BCWWA trade show and wow us with your speed and skill!


Visit Matt Jones from Martech at BCWWA Booth #810 for a hands-on demonstration of the Versa-Max coupling/clamp solution.

Versa-Max Fastest Clamp Contest Winner At AWWOA

Martech exhibited the TPS Versa-Max repair clamp/coupling at the 2013 AWWOA Conference in Banff on March 11-15. Call your Martech sales representative to arrange a lunch & learn session with a hands-on demonstration of the Versa-Max coupling/clamp solution.

 Versa-Max is an all-in-one product that does the job of a pipe coupling and a pipe repair clamp.

Versa-Max is an all-in-one product that does the job of a pipe coupling and a pipe repair clamp.

CONTEST RESULTS: WHO HAD the FASTEST VERSA-MAX TIME?

 Wayne Donald wins new Apple iPad 2 in the Versa-Max Fastest Clamp Contest at AWWOA.

Wayne Donald wins new Apple iPad 2 in the Versa-Max Fastest Clamp Contest at AWWOA.

With a blazingly fast install time of 14.0 seconds, Wayne Donald from Edson, Alberta proved his unassailable pipe-repair chops and won Martech’s Fastest Clamp Contest!

INTERVIEW:
 Wayne Donald and his winning Versa-Max time

We called Wayne to congratulate him on his victory and to ask him a few questions about his performance.

Q: “What did you do to prepare for your Versa-Max Fastest Clamp attempt?”
A: “Before my timed attempt started, I took a second to play with the rubber to see how it folds. I played with the bolts to see how the clamp action. Got a feel for the materials.”

Q: “As you were doing your Versa-Max install, what was going through your mind?”
A: “The biggest issue was getting the rubber in and the bolts. I didn’t rush myself, took it one step at a time. My coworker tried rush and fight with it and it slowed him down. I felt that I was doing better than the other times on the board, they seemed fairly slow to me. But I’m a younger guy, so a lot of the people there don’t have as much hands-on.”

Q: “How did it feel when Derek told you your time?”
A: “I felt pretty good to be that much faster than everyone else there. 14 seconds is fast, I was happy. I wasn’t holding my breath because I felt sure someone else would have a faster time. I could have done it faster if I did it a second time”.

Q: “Do you have any advice for new people working with a Versa-Max for the first time?”
A: “The biggest thing is: don’t fight the clamp. You don’t have to force anything, it doesn’t need a lot of physical strain. Just line up your bolts and get them lined up. I couldn’t do it that fast in a hole with a lot of mud (I don’t think I’d want to do it that fast in the mud). Definitely take your time in that situation.”

Martech would like to extend an honorable mention to Omar Safod from Syncrude. Omar placed second with a very quick Versa-Max installation time of 15.9 seconds.

Well done everyone! Thank you for testing the Versa-Max pipe repair clamp/coupling with us at AWWOA!

Are you keen on pipe repair? Watch this Versa-Max installation video before you come to the AWWOA trade show and wow us with your speed and skill!

THANK YOU for YOUR SUPPORT

 Derek Traquair with Helix Labs and TPS Versa-Max at this year's AWWOA Show

Derek Traquair with Helix Labs and TPS Versa-Max at this year's AWWOA Show

Thank you for stopping by our booth to try out the new Versa-Max all-in-one repair clamp and coupling and learning about our new Helix Labs wastewater grease and odor management options.

MARTECH provides innovation for municipalities in the construction, operation, maintenance and repair of their infrastructure.

We look forward to continuing our connection with you and assisting all Alberta Operators with infrastructure innovation in 2013 and beyond.

Derek Traquair (Southern Alberta) and Liang Yu (Northern Alberta) will be following up with you to advance the projects you discussed at this conference this week.

Feel free to contact Derek or Liang to arrange a meeting or learning session with you and your department.

Helix Labs Biofresh Is Easy Clean-Up For Sewer Spill

BIOFRESH™ BIOLOGICAL DEODORIZER DIGESTS ODOR-CAUSING WASTE

 Sewer overflow spills solid and liquid waste from sewer system onto surface. Utility operators can now choose environmentally-friendly Helix Labs Bio Fresh™ to conduct a quick, odor-free cleanup after an event like this.

Sewer overflow spills solid and liquid waste from sewer system onto surface. Utility operators can now choose environmentally-friendly Helix Labs Bio Fresh™ to conduct a quick, odor-free cleanup after an event like this.

Mechanically cleaning, vacuuming or hosing a sewer overflow or wastewater spill will remove a lot of solid waste, but a layer or film of waste will remain to bother residents unless a chemical cleaner is applied. However, harsh chemical detergents can damage nearby vegetation and animal life.

It is better to use an environmentally friendly cleaner to finish the job.

WHAT IS BIOFRESH™

Helix Labs BioFresh™ is a premium biologically active product that works to deodorize, clean and restore areas affected by wastewater spills. BioFresh™ is non-toxic, non-corrosive and non-hazardous.

The BioFresh™ bacteria naturally deodorize and digest sewage, grease, food and other waste found in sewage and wastewater spills, toilets, urinals, garbage dumpsters and other odor sites. It has effective odor control agents and microorganisms that immediately knock down the most awful, noxious spills.

BioFresh™ is a very concentrated product and can be diluted with water to a 64:1 ratio. Operators and Cleaning Crews can apply BioFresh™ to a spill site with anything from a heavy sprayer to a mop bucket.

TRY BIOFRESH as a LOW COST, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CLEANER

 Helix Laboratories BioFresh is a biologically active cleaner available in 6 and 55 gallon pails.

Helix Laboratories BioFresh is a biologically active cleaner available in 6 and 55 gallon pails.

If you are new to Helix Labs, bio-augmentation and biological odor control products, BioFresh™ will be an easy introduction for you and your team. BioFresh™ has been proven as an excellent clean-up product at dozens of cities in the United States.

Martech stocks Helix Labs BioFresh™ in 6 and 55 gallon containers. Start your BioFresh™ order by clicking sending your request to Martech.

Helix Labs Environmentally Friendly Grease-Eating Bacteria For Canadian Sewers

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY, GREASE-EATING BACTERIA FOR WASTEWATER SYSTEMS

Grease. Grease. if it’s not treated as solid waste, it’s dumped into your water treatment system when home owners and commercial businesses rinse grease down their drains with hot water!

Liquid grease solidifies at 13°C (55°F), floats on water and adheres to sewer lines. Grease buildup in sewer pipelines reduces the capacity of the line and restricts the flow of wastewater (increasing the risk of overflow). Grease layers that break off can create total plugs downstream (guaranteeing a sanitary overflow event!).

Estimates by US Environmental Protection Agency state that 25-30% of all sewer blockages are caused by Fats, Oil and Grease (FOG) build-up. 75% of sewer systems are working at half capacity due to grease build-up and clogs.

EXPENSIVE, NASTY CONSEQUENCES OF GREASE BUILDUP

  • Raw sewage overflows into streets, parks, property and homes
  • Lift station failures
  • Residential, commercial and industrial service is disrupted
  • Sewer operation and maintenance costs (and fees) go up.
  • People are unhappy

ATTACK FOG BUILD-UP in SEWER LINES with ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY, BIOLOGICAL SOLUTION

Helix Laboratories makes biological products that “eat this problem for breakfast”.

Helix Labs is a science-based company with an environmentally friendly philosophy. They create and manufacture bacteria & biological products that improve wastewater systems via Bio-Augmentation.

Bio-Augmentation is the addition of “helpful” bacteria to enhance the performance of biological systems in wastewater. Typical areas where bio-augmentation is applied are:

  • Reducing and controlling F.O.G. build-up
  • Eliminating odors
  • Promoting biological stability in wastewater systems

How is this control and stability achieved? Helix bacteria consumes Fats, Oils, Grease (FOG) buildup in wastewater pipeline and lift stations. Using Helix Labs bacteria is similar to maintaining a swimming pool:

  1. An initial SHOCK dosage
  2. Ongoing MAINTENANCE dosage
  3. Delivering a subsequent SHOCK dosage if required

Helix products are available in three delivery formats: Liquid form (best), Powders and Blocks. Municpal utilities and food businesses are encouraged to use the Helix bacteria to reduce and maintain lower levels of FOG and prevent new FOG build up in the sewer system.

ARE YOU WORKING WITH MUNICIPAL WASTEWATER SYSTEMS?

Contact us to obtain an “Introduction to Helix Labs bacteria” presentation.

  • See the problems that Helix Labs bacteria can solve
  • View before-and-after photos of real-world applications
  • Learn about to easy-to-use Helix Labs products for sewer spills and pipeline jetting