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Why Buy General?

General Pipe Cleaners, a division of General Wire Spring Co., is a leading manufacturer of high quality American-made drain cleaning equipment. In business since 1930, our third generation family-owned company is celebrating 85 years of service to drain cleaning professionals and plumbing contractors, as well as facilities managers, the rental industry and the hardware/home center market.

Reliability and innovation forged General’s reputation for generations of customers. We are continually introducing innovative new products – like the ClogChopper® cutter and easy-to-use Hot Spot® pipe locator. And these join our trusted industry standards – like the long lasting Super-Vee®, best selling Speedrooter 92®, and unique Kinetic Water Ram™ drain cleaners.

FlexicoreBut it all started with yesterday’s breakthroughs – like Flexicore® cable, a radical design first introduced in the 1940’s. With its patented process of wrapping spring wire around a braided wire rope core, General’s invention surpassed all competitive products – remaining the standard for drain cleaning snakes ever since.

Automatic cable feeds followed, offering operators enhanced productivity and profitability. And later Jet-Set® water jets – with Vibra-Pulse® for greater nozzle thrust around tight bends and down long lines – gave professionals vital weapons against grease, sediment, ice and other soft blockages.

Twenty-first century technologies let professionals see and diagnose blockages – before actually clearing clogs. Gen-Eye® video inspection systems pioneered Digital Locators – like today’s super-easy Hot Spot® – for precise problem spotting. And Gen-Ear™ introduced easier and more economical water leak location.

Today, General boasts a full line of advanced drain cleaning products – including reliable drain cleaners, water and trailer jets, video pipe inspection systems, water leak locators, pipe freezers, pipe thawing machines, and more!

Our website will help you choose the model you need. If you have any questions or want more information, contact the Drain Brains® at General Pipe Cleaners. The Toughest Tools Down The Line.

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Why Buy General

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Success Stories

 


GENERAL WATER JETS HELP DRAIN CLEANING PROFESSIONAL BLASTS BLOCKAGES FOR PROFITS

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.


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PLUMBING PRO SOLVES

BIG PROBLEM AND WINS A BIG CUSTOMER


Serious kitchen drain stoppages at Southwest Medical Center menaced operations and sanitation.  Worse, a parade of plumbers couldn’t cure the chronic quandary.


Enter Linn’s Plumbing LLC of Chandler, Oklahoma.


With a statewide reputation for outstanding service and professionalism, owner Larry Linn teamed trusted drain cleaners from General Pipe Cleaners to spot – and solve – the true trouble.


Using one of his Gen-Eye™ video pipe inspection systems, he first pinpointed the problem, a broken  cast-iron pipe.  “Six other competitors just snaked debris around, never fixing the underlying mess.”


Then Linn cleared the line with a Speedrooter 92®.


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PLUMBING PRO’S BUSINESS HEATS UP
WITH PIPE-THAWING MACHINE FROM GENERAL


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!”


EXCELLENT FOR EMERGENCIES


That’s why the 20-year plumbing veteran prefers the easy-to-operate Hot-Shot 400™ from General Pipe Cleaners.


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GENERAL’S POWER-VEE™ DRAIN CLEANER

IS MAINTENANCE PRO’S RIGHT- HAND MAN 


After four decades, Jack Elvig Sr. really values performance and reliability in drain cleaning tools.  “I’ve been exclusively in commercial property maintenance since 1966,” he says. “And in that time, I’ve developed a pretty clear picture of what works – and what doesn’t.”


That’s why the Seattle-Tacoma maintenance pro favors General Pipe Cleaners equipment – especially the Power-Vee™ automatic feed drain cleaner.  “It’s a great one-man machine,” Elvig says. “You pull the trigger, and it does the work for you!”


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GENERAL SPEEDROOTER™ SAVES THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS – MAKES MAINTENANCE MAN A HERO

Ten thousand dollars!  That’s what a national drain cleaning franchise wanted to repair recurring clogs in a 37 year-old Oberlin, Ohio apartment complex.


“They claimed they had to bust up the first floor laundry room concrete and hallway, to replace the pipe and fix the problem permanently,” maintenance staffer Gary Schakel recalls. “But I had other ideas.”


That “other idea” meant trying the building’s new Speedrooter 92™ power drain cleaner first.  “I had used the Speedrooter at my previous position,” Schakel adds, “And I knew it could do the job.”

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SNAKES IN THE RESTROOM!
Compact, Reliable Gen-Eye POD™Helps California Plumbing Pro Boost Business

“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™ video inspection equipment.
He summarily spotted the reluctant reptile.  And animal control extracted the scary serpent.

Crisis swiftly solved – thanks to General Pipe Cleaners’ camera system.

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GENERAL’S MINI-ROOTER XP™
IS DRAIN CLEANING PRO’S FRIEND ON TOUGHEST JOBS


“That machine is my friend.  And I go nowhere without my friend!”


That’s Jeff Wall on the Mini-Rooter XP™ – his favorite drain cleaning machine.

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GENERAL’S VERSITLE KINETIC WATER RAM™
GIVES YOUNG PLUMBING PRO THE EDGE OVER COMPETITORS

“I don’t want competitors to know I use this tool.  Some customers think I have super powers!”


That’s Omar Taylor talking about the lightweight, compact Kinetic Water Ram™ from General Pipe Cleaners.
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JM-3080 WATER JET FROM GENERAL PIPE CLEANERS
SOLVES A DAM TOUGH PROBLEM!

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.
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GENERAL WATER JET STORMS THROUGH BIG-LINE BLOCKAGES,
HELPING OHIO PRO BOOST BUSINESS

For the biggest, meanest drain cleaning jobs in Columbus OH, locals trust Ron Zimmerman, owner of R&B Sewer & Drain.

R&B subcontracts drain cleaning services for nearly 30 plumbing companies within 100 miles of Ohio’s capital.  And those professionals routinely tap R&B for their most challenging drain cleaning emergencies.
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FOUR GENERATIONS OF OHIO PLUMBERS COUNT ON RELIABLE GENERAL POWER DRAIN CLEANERS

Plumbing runs in John Comerford Jr's blood. His grandfather and father were plumbers. So were two brothers. Now one of his sons is, too.

“Our name is on our businesses,” Comerford says. “No one in my family has disgraced it yet - and I'm not going to be the first!”

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GENERAL’S J-2512 TYPHOON™ TRAILER JET STORMS THROUGH SERIOUS SEWER CLOGS.

Over 10 feet of solid grease packed the sewer line of a Long Island NY apartment complex. Raw sewage surged into the parking lot. Health authorities threatened action. And frantic facility managers sought fast action.

That’s when they called Keith Johnson – and his “big artillery”.

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GENERAL’S LIGHTWEIGHT KINETIC WATER RAM™ QUICKLY OPENS CLOGGED DRAINS – AND BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

“It takes longer to write-up the bill than to unclog a drain with that tool.”

That’s how Dale Smith describes the Kinetic Water Ram™ from General Pipe Cleaners. The lightweight, compact device safely, quickly and cleanly clears clogged sinks, toilets and tubs with the power of compressed air.
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PLUMBING PROFESSIONAL SCORES TRIPLE PLAY WITH GENERAL CAMERA, DRAIN CLEANER AND CABLE.

Owners of an expensive new home in an upscale housing plan south of Fresno, CA, certainly expected their toilets to work.

But after a few flushes, the master bath line backed up. And attempts to clear the clog repeatedly failed.

Thinking it a crushed line or concrete stake, the construction company planned to jack-hammer the structure’s concrete slab, also destroying the home’s beautiful hardwood flooring.

They also expected the job to consume several days – until a seasoned drain- cleaning professional with the right equipment mix arrived.
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GEN-EAR™ WATER LEAK DETECTION SYSTEM SAVES BIG BUCKS FOR TEXAS SCHOOL, MAKES PLUMBER A HERO CUSTOMER & PLUMBER LIKE WHAT THEY HEAR

An ominous leak beneath the building. Water mysteriously surfacing in the parking lot. And potentially costly demolition and repair costs. What's a school to do?

If you're the Anna, Texas, Middle School, you call local professionals from Spencer Plumbing Co. -- with their new Gen-Ear™ water leak detection system from General Pipe Cleaners.
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PIPE FREEZING KIT REPAIRS BROKEN, FULLY PRESSURIZED LINES IN HISTORIC LANDMARK -- WITHOUT DRAINING PIPES

"When you have hot water gushing through the kitchen ceiling of an historic landmark in mid-January, you don't waste time fooling around!"

That's how Bob Schneider of SCHNEIDER PLUMBING & HEATING described the scene at a renovated hotel in Northampton, MA, one frigid January evening. Pipes had burst between floors, flareas as guests gathered for dinner.
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PLUMBER DEVELOPS WHOLE NEW SERVICE INDUSTRY WITH GENERAL SUPPORT HELPING FUEL SUCCESS

Creatively blend proven technologies with intimate market knowledge. Add a dash of innovative thinking – and a business can really grow fast!

Just ask Preston Hall of ALL PRO WATER-FLOW. In less than two years, the Colorado- based entrepreneur has single-handedly revolutionized how the world cleans RV, aircraft and boat holding tanks. And that’s resulted in authorized service centers and training operations in six states – with more constantly on the way.
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