Chris Fantauzzo

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Grease clogged pipes produce problems.  But the right drain cleaning equipment, Chris Fantauzzo contends, turns those problems into profits.

“Health inspectors, for instance, want restaurants to clean grease traps regularly – often every six months,” the owner of Mercer Drain Cleaning Service says.  Bar owners, municipal authorities, and homeowners, he adds, also suffer grease, sediment, sand, and ice.

And every problem, he says, is a business opportunity.

Right Equipment 

That’s why Fantauzzo’s company near Trenton, NJ added the popular, reliable JM-2900™ gas-powered water jet from General Pipe Cleaners to Mercer’s extensive mix of drain-cleaning and inspection solutions.

“When a drain cleaning cable goes through grease, the grease closes behind the cable, still leaving the line clogged,” he explains.  But the JM-2900 hits soft clogs with a wall-to-wall stream of high-pressure water – and flushes them away.

Performance like that boosts Fantauzzo’s business.  One of his competitors recently tried clearing a cast iron residential line – but the blockage returned a few days later.

“The guy just snaked through a whole mess of toilet paper, which almost immediately re-clogged the pipe,” he recalls. “We blasted the blockage downstream with our JM-2900 – and removed the wad from the house trap.  Problem solved – permanently!”

An economical alternative to larger gas-powered jets, the JM-2900 is lighter and more maneuverable – yet maintains the same pressure and flow rate as competitive jets.

Power comes from a proven 13 hp (389 cc) Honda engine connected directly to a 3000 psi, 4 gpm triplex pump.  The 200 ft capacity hose reel with reel brake and brass swivel is mounted on a rugged, heavy-duty frame with two pneumatic tires for maximum stability and easy handling.

General’s powerful gas- and electric-powered water jets – with on-demand Vibra-Pulse® for greater nozzle thrust around tight bends and down long lines – offer professional drain cleaners indispensable weapons against all sorts of soft blockages.  With a wide variety of “Jet-Set” models available, experts like Fantauzzo admire the line’s reliability, rugged technology, transportability, and safety features.

“Until we get our General trailer-mounted jet,” Fantauzzo smiles, “our JM-2900 handles 4” and larger diameter lines!”

Reliability Vital

A General equipment user for over 15 years, he also owns a compact, portable JM-1450 electric water jet for smaller jobs – 1-1/2” to 2” lines.

The powerful JM-1450 generates 1500 psi at 1.7 gallons per minute – yet only pulls 13 amps.  Also equipped with Vibra-Pulse® and General’s standard safety features, it’s powered by a 1-1/2 hp dual capacitor enclosed motor with an in-line ground fault circuit interrupter.

Fantauzzo says he “picked products I already trusted” when starting Mercer.  Now his ample arsenal only sports General drain-cleaning and inspection solutions:

  • A Gen-Eye™ video system with digital locator.
  • Two Speedrooter 91™’s for long, tough jobs.
  • A compact Metro-Rooter™ root-cutting machine.
  • Two Power-Vee™ hand-held, auto-feed drain cleaners.
  • A Kinetic Water Ram™ – the lightweight, innovative, hand-held device that safely, quickly and cleanly clears clogs with powerful bursts of compressed air.

Fantauzzo often teams tools for optimal productivity.  “We precisely spot and diagnose problems with our Gen-Eye, for instance – then use the right drain cleaner to complete the job.”

But water jets can’t clear heavy stoppages like tree roots, Fantauzzo cautions, and don’t replace cable machines.  “That’s why we have our Speedrooter 91’s and Metro-Rooter.  Each tool has specific advantages.  And each compliments the other.”

Reputation Critical 

Fantauzzo offers a 30-day warranty on every drain-cleaning job.  He never advertises.  And 100% of his central New Jersey business comes from his fast growing roster of satisfied customers.

“But I can’t give a warranty if I don’t do the job right,” Fantauzzo says. “And I can’t do the job right if I don’t have the right tools.”

That’s why he’s built his business around drain-cleaning and inspection equipment from General Pipe Cleaners.

“I run my whole company with General products,” he declares. “They enhance our professional image!”

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“Drain cleaning can be pretty messy, and you expect to see some nasty stuff,” he admits, “But imagine my surprise when my Super-Vee™ once snaked a Batman toy from a line. I still don’t know how I did it!”

John Comerford Jr Cleveland, OH

I offer a 30-day warranty on every drain-cleaning job, but I can’t give a warranty if I don’t do the job right, and I can’t do the job right if I don’t have the right tools. That’s why I run my whole company with General products, they enhance our professional image!

Chris Fantauzzo Trenton, NJ

General equipment is durable, and takes a beating,” he says. “We use our General tools 24/7 – 365 days a year, and they don’t fail us. General equipment lets us power through tough problems that our competitors walk away from!

Michael Williams Philadelphia, Pa