Success Stories Archive - General Pipe Cleaners

Over the years, our customer service staff has collected tips to avoid various problems, tricks to get you out of jams, hints on the right tool for the right job, and so on.  This Ask the Drain Brains blog is a selection of some of those hints and tips. You can search by category, for instance, Drain Cleaning, Sewer Cameras, Water Jetters, Cool Plumbing Tools and more.

Feel free to ask a question or to add a new tip or idea. Just click on the Contact button below.

– The Drain Brains

Contact Us

Not All Closet Augers Are Created Equal: Extra 3 Feet Made All The Difference For Pittsburgh Contractor!

All closet augers are created equal. Right?

“Wrong,” says Alan Trout of Trout Plumbing LLC in Pittsburgh, PA.

“Most off-the-shelf closet augers lack the durability, spring action, and special features professionals need,” he argues. “You can’t just waltz into Wal-Mart for one.”

That’s why Trout counts on a pair of popular, innovative Teletube® Flexicore® closet augers from General Pipe Cleaners.

Read More

Category: Drain Cleaning

Plumbing Pro Develops Profitable Service Niche with Compact, Powerful JM-1000 Mini-Jet™

Rusty and Randy Tigges, co-owners of R&R Septic Services of Carroll, Iowa built a profitable business niche – fast.

R&R uses the JM-1000 Mini-Jet™, a compact, powerful water jet from General Pipe Cleaners, to service and clean modular wastewater treatment installations.

Rusty Tigges says that the Mini-Jet’s hose and nozzle are the perfect size to clean pipes and orifices of a modular septic system filter pod. And since R&R offers fixed-price septic maintenance contracts, work productivity remains key to profitability.

Read More

Category: Water Jets

Long Island Plumber Kicks Difficult Clog And Saves The Day With General’s Root 66®

For more than 15 years, Joseph M. Telese has trusted the portability and power of his Root 66® sectional cable machine from General Pipe Cleaners to bail him out of some tight spots. Literally. As a plumber for a massive hospital in Long Island, New York, Telese often deals with clogged roof drains, many of which are located in awkward or hard-to-reach spaces.

Read More

Category: Drain Cleaning

General’s Compact Drain Cleaning Machine Makes Quick Work Of School District’s Clogged Drain Problems

“If you want to test a drain cleaner, put it in a school. We have had to clear everything from soda bottles to sweat shirts!” 

That’s what Tom Stegemann, Maintenance Supervisor for Festus School District in Festus, MO “always says”. 

“It’s our job to maintain the proper function of all seven school district buildings,” he adds. That means providing a “clean, safe learning and work environment” for approximately 3,000 K-12 students – as well as for teachers, administrators, and support personnel. 

So when Stegemann and staff face stoppages in smaller 1-1/4” to 3” lines, they grab the Model DRZ-PH™ power drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners. 

Read More

Category: Drain Cleaning

Kansas City Contractor Finds an Easier Way to Locate Pipe and Sewer Cameras

“We have a great name to protect,” says Tim Rogers, in charge of sewer and drain-cleaning operations for R-Mech Heating Cooling & Plumbing. “That’s why we carefully research and choose all our equipment!” And that’s why R-Mech’s video-inspection services count on the Hot Spot® Pipe Locator from General Pipe Cleaners.

Read More

Category: Diagnostic Tools

Oregon Plumbing Pro Cuts Roots and Downtime With General’s Maxi-Rooter®

A lot changes in a decade, but for A. Pederson’s Plumbing in Dallas, Oregon, you wouldn’t know it by looking at one of the Maxi-Rooters from General Pipe Cleaners coming off the company’s trailer. Pederson’s two Maxi-Rooters have been the company’s go-to machines for more than 10 years, and with the exception of the feed bearings, they retain all their original components, including the original Flexicore® cable.

Read More

Category: Drain Cleaning

Wisconsin Plumbing Pro’s Drain Cleaning Equipment Includes Operational 50-Year-Old Machine From General Pipe Cleaners!

How about a working drain cleaning machine in active service for 50 years? After working several years for a local plumber, Schmitz started his company in 1979. And a year later, he bought a used, 1968-vintage General Sewermatic drain cleaner with paperwork from a retiring competitor. “It’s still running strong today – over 50 years later!” Schmitz smiles. “And I’ve got the original parts list to prove it!”

Read More

Category: Drain Cleaning, Rental

Renting Reliable Drain Cleaners Boosts Profitability

Unlike many items, drain cleaning equipment remains in year-round demand. And Higgins cites superior ease-of-use, safety features, reliability, and turn-around as reasons for crediting Tweedy Lumber’s drain cleaning success to Easy Rooter™.

Read More

Category: Rental

General Pipe Cleaners Model 88 Saves Graduation Party

The grease-choked 120 ft main drain line of a large Philadelphia Chinese restaurant suddenly backed-up. And the stoppage threatened to derail a major graduation party with hundreds of guests.

That’s when Just Drains LLC rode to rescue with a Model 88™ sectional drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners.

Read More

Category: Drain Cleaning

Do You Need Help?

Check out our Pro Tool Selection Guide or chat with a Drain Brain! We can help you by answering any questions about our products you may have.

Chat with Us Tool Selection Guide

Success Stories

Plumbing pro Jake Albright likes reliability, ruggedness, and convenience in his drain cleaning tools. That’s why the ultra-compact, handheld Gen-Eye Micro-Scope® video inspection system remains a key part of his equipment arsenal. “It’s great for inspecting all sorts of small drains –…
Jake Albright
Grease clogged pipes produce problems.  But the right drain cleaning equipment, Chris Fantauzzo contends, turns those problems into profits. “Health inspectors want restaurants to clean grease traps regularly,” Mercer Drain Cleaning Service’s owner says.  Bar owners, municipal authorities, and homeowners, he…
Chris Fantauzzo Trenton, NJ
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,”…
Michael Williams Philadelphia, PA