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Extending the Life of Your Drain Cleaning Cables — As Easy as 1, 2, 3!

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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.

Back in 2005, Michael bought a couple of Speedrooter drain cleaning machines from General. One has 100 feet of 5/8 inch Flexicore® cable, the other has 100 feet of 3/4 inch. And yes, I used the word “has” on purpose, because despite being used almost every day and in every way for 15 years, Michael still has the original Flexicore cables in his Speedrooters! This fact speaks volumes about the strength and durability of our Flexicore drain cleaning cable, as well as Michael’s disciplined approach to machine maintenance.

The life of your drain cleaning cables for drain cleaning machines from General can be extended with these easy-to-follow maintenance tips from pro plumber Michael Jackson.

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When I quizzed him about the preventive maintenance routine that kept his drain cleaning machine cables alive and kicking for so long, I expected a secret sauce; something so truly unique and inventive that no one else had ever thought of. I mean, 15 years is a very long time to keep a sewer snake operational. However, what he told me was even better because it was a routine that anyone could follow to get the same results.

So here it is:

  1. When clearing a clog with your machine, don’t force the drain cleaning cable down the drain. Think of it as a drill, not a hammer… not a battering ram. Let the rotation of the cable cut-bore-drill though the obstruction and do the work. This practice makes it much less likely that you will kink a cable.
  2. After the job is done, position the drain hole on the back of the drum in the six o’clock position and lay the machine on its back. This will allow water to drain out of the drum while you’re finishing your paperwork and getting paid.
  3. When the drum is as empty as it’s going to get, spray or pour General’s Snake-Oil or some other lubricant into the drum, and rotate it for thirty seconds to cover the cable and metal drum with as much oil as possible. Effective lubrication is essential for cable longevity. Before calling a plumber or drain cleaner to fix a clog, most homeowners or business owners try a do-it-yourself method with a chemical drain cleaner, such as Drano or Plumber’s Helper, to open the drain. This introduces caustic elements into the drain that will quickly degrade the metal in any drain cleaning cable. This is why it’s important to lubricate the cable as soon as possible after the end of the job. If you ride your drain cleaning machine hard and put it away wet, don’t be surprised to find rust and corrosion on your cable the next time you venture into the back of your truck!

So, drain cleaning machine maintenance is really as easy as 1, 2, 3! Think about how much more money your company would make if it could double, triple, or quadruple the effective lifetime of its drain cleaning cables. Switch to General’s Flexicore cables, and then follow Michael’s example to discover how long your drain snakes can last!

Watch the video below from this year’s WWETT Show to learn more about why Mike chooses General!


For more information, call the Drain Brains at General at 800-245-6200, or visit our Contact Page for more information. Ready to see how General Pipe Cleaner’s Flexicore drain cleaning cables can help your business to thrive with efficiency? Visit our Where to Buy page to find a retailer dealer nearest to you!

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