General Wire Spring founder Abe Silverman first coiled spring wire tightly around a wire rope core in the 1940s. Since then, generations of plumbing and drain cleaning professionals swear by the “Flexicore advantage” – matchless cable strength, kinking resistance, and flexibility.
Drain Cleaning Success Stories
I was hanging out in the General Pipe Cleaner’s booth at the WWETT show in Indianapolis talking to customers when I met Michael Jackson. No… not the Michael Jackson of moonwalk fame; the plumber from Indianapolis! He might not have sold as many gold records as his namesake, but after talking to him for 15 minutes I was convinced that he had talents that would make his peers green with envy.
“I grab two things when I leave my truck: my flashlight and my VersaPlunge”.
That’s Michael Williams, Field Manager for Just Drains LLC – the “the Number 1 drain cleaning company in Philadelphia” – on the revolutionary new plunger from General Pipe Cleaners.
“It’s what pros use,” he quickly adds. “And it’s what we recommend!”
Williams knows what he’s talking about. With six expert crews, Just Drains LLC serves Southeastern Pennsylvania from the Delaware River to Harrisburg. And their seasoned professionals demand maximum performance from all the tools they have.
An innovative hand-held drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners is helping Pro-Tech Drains of Lachine, Quebec, maintain its competitive edge — and boost its profitability. The lightweight, compact Kinetic Water Ram® safely, quickly and cleanly clears clogged sinks, toilets and tubs with the power of compressed air. But when he first saw it, President Alain Breton branded the chrome plated device a “gadget”. “It looked like a science-fiction ray gun,” he recalls. “We never saw anything like it.” “We get more jobs done faster with the Kinetic Water Ram”, Alain Breton concludes. “It’s clean and efficient. It brings us business. Customers love it. And our profitability — c’est magnifique!”
Toilets in an expensive new West Coast home should have worked – immediately. But after a few flushes, the master bath line backed up. Attempts to clear it repeatedly failed. And the construction company planned to replace a possible crushed line by jackhammering the structure’s concrete slab. Everyone feared the job would consume several days – until a seasoned drain-cleaning professional with the right equipment mix arrived. Oaks proposed pinpointing the clog with a Gen-Eye® video inspection/location system from General Pipe Cleaners. “I couldn’t have permanently fixed this problem without the right equipment mix,” Oaks concludes. “And that’s what General provided!”
“That machine is my friend. And I go nowhere without my friend!” That’s Jeff Wall on the Mini-Rooter XP®, his favorite drain cleaning machine. “I’ve had it everywhere, on rooftops, in basements, in crawl spaces, in yards,” he laughs. “I’ve taken it apart, transported it in sections, and reassembled it in really tight spots. And it always works the way I do – hard!” “I absolutely trust those machines,” Wall notes. “They supplement my Mini-Rooter XP perfectly. And no matter what the task, I’m confident they’ll do the job.”
For most inside jobs, Michael Williams of Just Drains LLC favors two General classics – Super-Vee® and Mini-Rooter®. The hand-held Super-Vee easily unclogs sink, tub, and laundry drain lines up to 3” in diameter. “My personal Super-Vee is over 20 years old,” he states. “And as I like to say, ‘Pound for pound, Super-Vee gets down!’” “We’re two leaders – side-by-side – both at the top of our markets. General is the industry name everyone salutes!”
“When I started my own business in the early ‘70’s, I became the third owner a second-hand General Sewermatic®,” Carl Helt recalls. “And I passed that drain cleaner to a fourth plumber – my brother-in-law. For all I know it’s still working today!” That sort of durable dependability made Carl a lifelong General customer. And that’s why he especially loves Speedrooter 91®. “We used it on four separate jobs in a day and it came through every time!” Helt quickly adds. The Speedrooter remains Carl Helt’s favorite. “It’s so reliable and versatile,” he concludes. “I just send the guys out – and know we’ll get the job done!”
Ten thousand dollars! That’s what a national drain cleaning franchise wanted to repair recurring clogs in a 37 year-old Oberlin, Ohio apartment complex. “They claimed they had to bust up the first floor laundry room concrete and hallway, to replace the pipe and fix the problem permanently,” maintenance staffer Gary Schakel recalls. “But I had other ideas.” That “other idea” meant trying the building’s new Speedrooter 92® power drain cleaner first. “I had used the Speedrooter at my previous position,” Schakel adds, “And I knew it could do the job.”
Plumbing runs in John Comerford Jr’s blood. His grandfather and father were plumbers. Now one of his sons is, too. “Our name is on our businesses,” Comerford says. “No one in my family has disgraced it yet – and I’m not going to be the first!” That’s why four generations of Comerford plumbing professionals have trusted tough, reliable hand-held drain cleaners from General Pipe Cleaners. “My grandfather used a Handylectric®, I started with a used Super-Vee® from my dad,” he recalls. “As the commercial says, ‘Don’t leave home without it’!”