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.
Blockage of a critical 5” overflow pipe beneath a large artificial lake at Dospat Dam, Bulgaria, posed extreme danger to dam wall integrity – risking catastrophic failure. Over 50 years of hardened sediment and debris had accumulated. Drainage reduced to a trickle. And construction of a new removal conduit proved unfeasible. That’s when Double D Engineering Ltd, European specialists in industrial cleaning technologies and services, stepped in – with an “outside the box” idea. “Economics and facility condition forced us to work with the existing pipeline,” Dimiter Dimitrov, company manager, noted. “So we opted for a compact, portable water jet solution.” The JM-3080 gas water jet from General Pipe Cleaners.
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 adds, also suffer grease, sediment, sand, and ice. That’s why Fantauzzo’s central New Jersey company added the popular, reliable JM-2900™ gas-powered water jet from General Pipe Cleaners to Mercer’s mix of drain-cleaning and inspection solutions.
Preston Hall of All Pro Water-Flow revolutionized how the world cleans RV, aircraft and boat holding tanks. Now the Colorado-based entrepreneur has launched “the biggest untouched service industry in the U.S. in 50 years.” An RV owner and professional plumber, Hall grew seriously concerned with inadequate, unsanitary chemical treatments for vehicle holding tanks. With a wide variety of Jet Set® models available, Hall admired the reliable, rugged technology, transportability and safety features. And he chose General’s JM-2900™ gas-powered water jet – the first jet he chose for his plumbing business – as All Pro’s “power” source.
Four hours of snaking couldn’t clear a kitchen clog. The local VA’s maintenance man would run the cable. The sink would drain – then back up again. That’s when owner Jeff Hankins of Steve’s Service Plumbing in Nampa, ID arrived with a JM-1000 Mini-Jet™ from General Pipe Cleaners. “It was a special job for the widow of a military veteran,” he recalls. “And I refused leave until we cleared the obstruction for her – permanently.”
“The compact size makes it great for one-man operation – and it’s perfect for much of the work I do!” That’s Craig Casteen on the lightweight JM-1000 Mini-Jet™ from General Pipe Cleaners. Owner of Casteen Plumbing & Repair in Rose Hill, NC, Casteen can find himself in some pretty tight spots. “There are lots of crawl spaces beneath homes in North Carolina,” he says. “And I’m often under someone’s house – by myself – doing plumbing and drain cleaning work.”
In the harsh winters of Northern Michigan, rapid response with the right equipment is critical to customers with frozen metal pipes. “I have to work fast,” Steven May, owner of Steve’s Plumbing Service in Petoskey, notes. “Or my customers risk substantial damage from burst pipes!” That’s why the 20-year plumbing veteran prefers the easy-to-operate Hot-Shot 400® from General Pipe Cleaners. The results boost Steve May’s reputation. “I take pride in my professionalism, my experience, and my ability to do the job as quickly and economically as possible for our customers,” he notes.
Frozen water lines are such a problem in Ft. Lupton, CO, that they earn a special page on the city’s web site. “I’d like to say that residents follow our advice,” Public Works Supervisor Jose C. Reyes laughs. “But many don’t – until it’s too late!” To fix past problems, workers laboriously dug around shallow mains entries, exposing frozen lines just ahead of water meters. Then using welding equipment, they cautiously thawed the pipes. “That took too much time,” Reyes says. “And we needed a less hazardous method.” That’s when the City of Ft. Lupton got a Hot-Shot 400® from General Pipe Cleaners. Reyes really values equipment dependability. “Hot-Shot is very reliable,” he says. “It has always done the job – and never let us down.”
“Gen-Eye camera systems easily and accurately spot trouble in sewer lines – diapers, cell phones, toys – you name it,” James Capelli says. “But a boa constrictor tops them all!” The snake somehow migrated to the women’s restroom of a commercial office building. “It kept poking its head up through toilets – and scaring all the ladies!” That’s when Capelli, then employed by a local plumber, rode to rescue with Gen-Eye® POD video inspection equipment.
The sewer line of a one-year-old Kentucky house should have run clean and free. But the homeowner kept suffering persistent back-ups. And repeated snaking failed to work. That’s when Jarboe’s Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric & Remodeling sprang into action. The Louisville-area plumbing professionals marshaled an arsenal of General Pipe Cleaners equipment to diagnose and fix the problem – quickly. Among the area’s largest, most respected providers of plumbing and kitchen & bath remodeling services, Jarboe’s routinely calls on General solutions for “big city service with small-town pride and professionalism”.