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 Industry, Drain Cleaners

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, Drain Cleaners

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

Trouble Shooting Water Jets

Water jets are a great way to clear grease clogged lines. If your jet is no longer doing maintaining pressure, follow these trouble shooting tips to get it back on the right track: Make sure you have enough water. The water supply must be adequate to match your jets needs. If you’re using a four-gallon…

Category: Maintenance, Water Jets

Answering concerns about disease transmission through wastewater

Q. Drain cleaning can be messy and dirty.  Should I be concerned about disease transmission through wastewater? A. I understand your fears.  Rumored dangers of disease transmission through wastewater – particularly HIV and HBV (Hepatitis) – have recently gained traction.  And plumbing and drain-cleaning professionals should take sensible steps to safeguard their health. But a…

Category: Drain Cleaning, General

Ask the Drain Brains

Over the more than 80 years of helping plumbers, drain cleaning specialists, and maintenance people, our customer service staff has collected tips to avoid various problems, tricks to get out of jams, hints on the right tool for the right job, and so on.  This blog is a selection of some of those hints and…

Category: Drain Cleaning, 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