Kids do the darndest things – like stuff pea gravel into new underground conduit for residential outside lighting.
That’s what Bob Shumway – owner of Shumway’s, a Rockford, IL maintenance & landscaping service – discovered when snaking electrical wiring through the buried pipe.
“I tried fish tape – but couldn’t get past the pebbles!” he recalls.
That’s when Shumway grabbed his lightweight, compact Kinetic Water Ram™ from General Pipe Cleaners.
Innovative Tool, Innovative Answer
“The conduit ran a foot underground – then bent 90˚ upward for the fixture,” he notes. “The whole run traveled about 100 ft. from the customer’s house.”
So Bob Shumway plugged the pipe on the house side – and filled it with water at the other end.
Returning to the house, he pumped-up his Kinetic Water Ram, removed the pipe plug and attached General’s tool.
“I squeezed the trigger – and dirt and gravel just flew out the other end,” he laughs. “It saved me lots of time and aggravation – and the customer lots of money!”
Shumway quickly ran the wiring – and capped the outside end for fixtures. Problem solved!
Quick, Professional Results
“I inherited my Kinetic Water Ram from my dad,” Bob Shumway says. “It’s probably several decades old – and still works great!”
General’s innovative tool quickly and cleanly clears clogged sinks and showers, toilets and tubs. The Kinetic Water Ram easily clears hair, rust, grease, sediment, and scale from lines from 1-1/4” up to 4″ in diameter. It’s especially effective clearing slow draining tubs when the stoppage is on the far side of a drum trap – or through narrow lines in trailer homes that can be hard on a snake. And it gives maintenance, plumbing and drain cleaning professionals like Shumway a clear competitive edge.
“Without our trusty Kinetic Water Ram, we would have dug-up and replaced the whole line!”
General’s tool unleashes a powerful burst of compressed air that drives a shock wave (kinetic energy) through water at 4,700 ft./second – instantly breaking up the blockage. There’s no pressure build-up within the system, either. The shock wave bypasses stacks and vents. 98% of the force is directed down the line and only 2% against pipe walls.
Shumway really values Kinetic Water Ram’s versatility. “We even used it to unplug a swimming pool drain!”
He removed the intake hose from the filter inlet, connected General’s tool and blew-out the blockage from the pump side.
Shumway likes the tool’s Schraeder valve for use with external air sources. “We carry a 10-gallon portable air tank to speed work on difficult blockages.”
An optional toilet attachment screws onto the front of the Kinetic Water Ram, permitting firmer positioning in the bowl – like a powerful plunger.
For four decades, Shumway’s has forged a reputation for prompt, professional service with minimal disruption. “Many customers love how fast we handle their problems,” Bob Shumway says. “Kinetic Water Ram lets us do multiple jobs daily – with time to spare.”
“I’d love to retire my old Kinetic Water Ram,” he concludes. “But we can’t part with it!”