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Selecting drain cleaning equipment

  Q. The economy is getting off it’s knees and starting to pick up. It’s time for us to get another truck on the road. What should I look for in selecting drain cleaning equipment?   A. Remember your “three R’s”: Reliability Range Risk RELIABILITY.  Downtime costs money.  Choose a manufacturer with a solid reputation…

Category: Drain Cleaning, General

Water Jets vs. Cable Machines: What’s the Difference?

Since the introduction of water jets more than 25 years ago, drain cleaning professionals have pondered this question – do high pressure water jets replace cable drain cleaners? The answer is yes and no. Traditional cable drain cleaners do a great job of cutting up tree roots and retrieving objects. But when it comes to…

Category: Drain Cleaning, Water Jets

Snakes in the Bathroom!

Imagine this: You walk into the restroom only to find a snake peeking its head out of the toilet! That’s what happened at a commercial office building recently. Luckily for the building owner, they called James Capelli, a plumbing contractor, and his Gen-Eye™ video inspection equipment. “My Gen-Eye camera has spotted trouble in sewer lines…

Category: Featured Products, Success Story

April Showers Bring Flooded Basements

After a long and snowy winter, we’ve reached spring! Just as winter has its annual issues, so does spring. The most common issue is the heavy April (and May!) showers combined with the melting of snow as temperatures warm up. As the local rivers and streams start to overflow, there is a strong likelihood that…

Category: Diagnostics Tools – Sewer Cameras, Pipe and Leak Locators, Featured Products

Choosing the right drain cleaning tool for the job: Types of Cutters

Now that we’ve talked about which is the right machine to use for each application, the next question is what is the right cutter to use. Everyone has their favorite cutter, just as everyone has their favorite fishing lore. Clearing Sinks and Tubs: Small diameter drains require smaller, more flexible cutters to negotiate the tight…

Category: DIY Drain Cleaning Tools, Professional Drain Cleaning Tools

Choosing the right drain cleaning tool for the job: Types of Clogs

Last month we answered the question of what is the right drain cleaning tool for each job. Here are more solutions to drain cleaning problems. Tree roots: For difficult stoppages you should use a larger diameter heavy duty cable that has the torque to cut through tree roots. It is best to use a 5/8”…

Category: DIY Drain Cleaning Tools, Professional Drain Cleaning Tools

Choosing the right drain cleaning tool for the job: Types of Drains

Q: Over the years, we’ve accumulated a number of drain cleaning tools. I’m not sure what drain cleaning problem each tool is best suited for. Is there a list to guide me? A: Good question. If you use a drain cleaning tool in the wrong application, it won’t clear the drain properly, and you could…

Category: Diagnostics Tools – Sewer Cameras, Pipe and Leak Locators, Professional Drain Cleaning Tools

Make Money Fast Thawing Frozen Pipes

When the weather turns really cold, pipe thawing season turns red hot!  When the inevitable flood of service calls for frozen pipes comes, be sure you have a pipe thawing machine on hand. No matter how well homeowners think they have their pipes insulated, we all know that when the arctic blast hits, pipes are…

Category: Drain Cleaning, Maintenance, Thawing Frozen Pipes

Uptick in Home Sales Great for Sewer Inspection Business

The housing industry is beginning to see increased sales of both new and previously owned homes.  This market segment can be a great source of business for professional plumbers looking for more than just construction income. Whether it’s a new home, and especially when it’s a resale of an older home, many homeowners are seeking…

Category: Drain Cleaning, Maintenance, Sewer Inspection

General Pipe Cleaners: A Family Business

Unclogging a sewer or drain is no easy task. Here at General Pipe Cleaners we make the toughest drain cleaners in the business. We have been making drain cleaners since 1930, and we make it our job to continually improve and make our products even more reliable. Over the years we have introduced the Flexicore® cable,…

Category: General

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Success Stories

Plumbing runs in John Comerford Jr’s blood. His grandfather and father were plumbers. So were two brothers. Now one of his sons is, too. “Our name is on our businesses,” Comerford says. “No one in my family has disgraced it yet…
John Comerford Jr Cleveland, OH
Grease clogged pipes produce problems.  But the right drain cleaning equipment, Chris Fantauzzo contends, turns those problems into profits. “Health inspectors, for instance, want restaurants to clean grease traps regularly – often every six months,” the owner of Mercer Drain Cleaning…
Chris Fantauzzo Trenton, NJ
“General equipment is durable, and takes a beating,” says Michael Williams of Just Drains LLC. “We use our General tools 24/7 – 365 days a year, and they don’t fail us.” They last, too. “I bought my trusty old Sewermatic™ in 1980…
Michael Williams Philadelphia, Pa