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John ComerfordQ: What happens when Philadelphia plumbers need drain cleaning tools and talent?

A: They call Michael Williams at Just Drains LLC. A third-generation drain cleaning pro, Williams built a unique business model around subcontracting drain cleaning services to over 350 regional plumbers.

“The US drain cleaning industry is humungous,” he notes, “but not every plumber has the tools – or the wealth of knowledge – to clear clogs properly. That’s where we come in.”

The right tools and talent made Just Drains, Williams declares with palpable pride, “the Number 1 drain cleaning company in Philadelphia”.

And beyond! With six expert crews, Just Drains serves Southeastern Pennsylvania from the Delaware River to Harrisburg – a sizeable swath of territory. So equipment reliability, Williams insists, remains critical.

That’s why Michael Williams trusts General Pipe Cleaners to retain his robust reputation.

Tough General Tools Help Forge Market Leadership

“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.”

They last, too.

“I bought my trusty old Sewermatic™ in 1980 – and it can still handle 30 to 40 root jobs a week!” Williams claims. “It’s got great torque, just like General’s line of Speedrooters®.”

With plenty of raw power for long, tough tasks, the field-proven Speedrooter range blends rugged reliability with optimal control and ease-of-use.

The latest version, Speedrooter XL®, has long distance clog-busting power. With easily interchangeable drums, a powerful 3/4 hp motor, and a rugged, easy-to-maneuver frame, you can drive the cable down long runs and clear tough stoppages.

General’s heavy duty Flexicore cable offers superior kinking resistance and unequalled strength with the right amount of flexibility. It’s so tough that it carries the best warranty in the business – one-year protection against breakage.

“General equipment lets us power through tough problems that our competitors walk away from!” Williams asserts.

Right Equipment Mix Tackles Tight Tasks

For most inside jobs, though, Williams favors two General classics – Super-Vee® and Mini-Rooter®.

The hand-held Super-Vee easily unclogs sink, tub, and laundry drain lines up to 3” in diameter. With a dependable motor, durable aluminum drum, and tough Flexicore cable, Super-Vee withstands the most demanding small line tasks, and keeps working. Convenient, quick-change cable cartridges also make Flexicore cable switching clean and easy.

“My personal Super-Vee is over 20 years old,” he states. “And as I like to say, ‘Pound for pound, Super-Vee gets down!’”

Easy to transport and maintain, the lightweight Mini-Rooter unclogs drains from rooftop to basement – including kitchen, bath and laundry lines.

General currently offers two models: the Mini-Rooter Pro® and Mini-Rooter XP® with power cable feed – both with wheels and folding handles for easy maneuverability, transport and storage.

“Mini-Rooter doesn’t have a big footprint, so it gets you into a lot of tight spaces,” Williams observes. “It’s durable, powerful and economical – a great ‘first machine’ for anyone starting out in drain cleaning.”

And it saves time and trouble. Detach the drum in seconds to boost portability, or to change Flexicore cables with minimal mess and downtime.

“It’s really easy to swap-out drums – all day long, if necessary!” Williams smiles. The drum holds up to 75 ft of 3/8” or 50 ft. of 1/2” Flexicore cable for 2”, 3” and most 4” lines. For small drain work, the optional J-Drum handles thinner, more flexible cables. And the optional Power Cable Feed drives and retracts cable at up to 16 feet per minute.

“We use Mini-Rooters every day,” Williams notes.

The Best Advertising

“Our customer trust factor is phenomenal – through the roof,” Michael Williams concludes, noting that Just Drains gets “85% of its business by word-of-mouth”.

“That’s the best advertising any business can have.”

And when pairing General Pipe Cleaners and Just Drains LLC, he quickly adds, “We’re two leaders – side-by-side – both at the top of our markets. General is the industry name everyone salutes!”

Why Buy General?



John ComerfordPlumbing 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!”

Since 1978, Comerford Plumbing has forged a reputation for the highest standards of professional service at reasonable rates in the suburbs west of Cleveland. “We concentrate on basic residential work - drain cleaning and faucet fixing,” John adds. “Bathrooms and kitchens have kept me very busy for three decades!”

The key to success, he claims, is simple: “don't do anything you wouldn't do in your own home - and choose the right tools for the job.”

That's why four generations of Comerford plumbing professionals have trusted tough, reliable drain cleaners from General Pipe Cleaners.


“My father used a Handylectric™, and I started with a used Super-Vee™ - also from my dad,” he recalls. “As the commercial says, 'don't leave home without it'!”

In fact, Comerford has owned four Super-Vee power drain cleaners since 1978.

The hand-held Super-Vee easily unclogs sink, shower, toilet, and laundry drain lines up to 3" in diameter. With a dependable motor, durable aluminum drum, and tough Flexicore® cable, Super-Vee withstands the most demanding small line jobs - and keeps working.

General's heavy duty Flexicore cable offers superior kinking resistance and unequalled strength with the right amount of flexibility. It's so tough that it carries the best warranty in the business - one-year protection against breakage.

“None of my Super-Vees ever went bad,” he laughs. “The motors never wore out. They just got kinda beat up from all the abuse I put them through. And I thought I deserved nice clean new ones!”


Replacement never stopped any of Comerford's older Super-Vees from working, either. “I simply gave one to my son - and sold another to a plumber friend of mine,” he reveals.

The Super-Vee automatically adjusts to 1/4” to 3/8” diameter cable - no special tools or parts required. A slide-action chuck built into the front grip shield also engages and releases the cable with a quick push or pull - even while cable is rotating.

“I prefer the hands-on feel of Super-Vee,” Comerford says. “You just push in a little at a time - then lock-in the cable when you really need it.”


Convenient, quick-change cartridges of General's Super-Vee also make messy cable switching clean and easy.

“It works great,” Comerford contends. “I easily use it five or six times a week - maybe even more.”

He even employs it preventively. “On new sinks, I'll snake the drains with my Super-Vee - just to make sure they're clear of debris and everything's working well.”

Comerford also says he's retrieved some pretty surprising things with his Super-Vee.

“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!”

“Super-Vee is very easy to use,” Comerford concludes. “It's well worth the money, and I tell everybody that it's my preferred tool for small-line 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.

“I’ve had it everywhere – on rooftops, in basements, in crawl spaces, in yards,” he laughs. “I’ve taken it apart, transported it in sections, and reassembled it in really tight spots.  And it always works the way I do – hard and creatively!”

Matchless Flexibility & Maneuverability

Easy to transport and maintain, Mini-Rooter XP from General Pipe Cleaners unclogs drains from rooftop to basement – including kitchen, bath and laundry lines.  It carries 75 ft. of 3/8" or 1/2” Flexicore® cable to clear 2”, 3” and most 4” drain lines.

General’s practical design makes drum and cable switching a snap – with minimal mess or lost time.  The variable speed Power Cable Feed drives and retrieves the cable at up to 16 ft. per minute for optimum cable control – and is adjustable between 3/8” and 1/2” cables without additional tools or parts.

It weights about 90 lbs but it’s no weakling.  “It’s tough equipment, priced right,” Wall says. “I love the reliability and maneuverability.”

Mini-Rooter XP rides on 8” semi-pneumatic wheels.  The solid, easy-grip handle folds down to save space, and locks in place as an extra lifting handle.  A roll bar also protects the 1/3 hp motor during transport and work.

Standard safety features include an air foot pedal and ground fault circuit interrupter.  Optional J-Drums for smaller drain lines are also available.

Tool & Cable Dependability For Toughest Jobs

A drain cleaning professional for over 30 years, Massachusetts-based Jeff Wall owns Wall Septic & Drain Cleaning Co.  He also likes to push his equipment to the limit.

“Nothing in its class matches Mini-Rooter XP for power and torque,” he claims. “That’s why I even use it for root-cutting – even though General said it isn’t really designed for that!”

Wall equally credits his machine’s rugged, root-cutting performance to Flexicore cable from General.

“It’s very strong, and torques down nice,” he adds. “I’ve never lost anything in a line due to cable breakage.”

That’s because Flexicore cable is made of heavy-duty wire coiled tightly around 49 strand aircraft-type wire rope.  General’s unique design features unequalled strength and the right amount of flexibility.  And it’s so tough it carries a one-year warranty against defect or breakage.

“My dad always used it,” Wall declares. “And I swear by it – and General cutters!”

Reliable Back-Up

Jeff Wall’s arsenal also includes some of the most effective drain cleaning tools available, including the popular:

  • Power-Vee™ hand-held drain cleaner with automatic feed
  • Sewerooter T-3™ power drain cleaner with 100’ cable capacity

“I absolutely trust those machines,” Wall notes. “They supplement my Mini-Rooter XP perfectly.  And no matter what the task, I’m confident they’ll do the job.”

Power-Vee easily unclogs drains from 1-1/4” to 3” in diameter in sinks, laundries and roof vents.  The automatic feed is like having an extra hand in tight and awkward spots. “It’s a great one-man machine for any line with sharp bends!” Wall says.

Just squeeze the feed lever, and the cable automatically spins itself into the line.  To retract, just reverse the motor and squeeze again.  Cable feeds at up to 16 feet per minute.  The unique dyna-thrust bearing helps ensure less motor wear and longer tool life.

Sewerooter T-3 packs power, portability and capacity to clear 2” to 4” diameter lines up to 100’ long.  It sports an easily removable metal drum with 100’ of 1/2” Flexicore® cable, powerful 1/3 hp capacitor motor, lightweight reinforced tubular frame and superb safety package.  General’s rugged machine also features big 10” wheels, tall folding handle and truck loading wheel for easy transport and maneuverability.

“My Sewerooter T-3 packs a 100’ punch – when I need that extra 25’ the Mini-Rooter XP doesn’t offer,” Wall remarks.

One Happy Professional

Jeff Wall loves the peace-of-mind that rugged, reliable equipment affords.

“I only use products I trust,” Jeff Wall concludes. “That’s why all my equipment is General!”



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!”

The hand-held Power-Vee easily unclogs drains from 1-1/4” to 3” in diameter in sinks, tubs and laundry drains.  The automatic feed makes the job easier when working in awkward spots like under sinks.

That’s especially crucial in maintaining town houses, apartments and condos.  “I handle hundreds of units in complexes near Washington’s Sea-Tac airport,” Elvig notes. “And Power-Vee does 95% of our jobs”

Just squeeze the feed lever, and the cable automatically feeds itself into the line.  To retract, just reverse the motor and squeeze again.  The cable feeds at up to 16 feet per minute.  The Dyna-thrust bearing system helps ensure less bearing wear and longer tool life.

Rugged Dependability Removes Problems Fast

“I don’t think there’s a day that goes by that we don’t have plugged drains,” Elvig says, calling General’s drain cleaning tools a “fast, efficient way” of unclogging lines.

He especially values the tool’s rugged dependability. “Our Power-Vee goes through lots of abuse,” Elvig admits. “And General tools always perform!”  It also features quick-change cartridges for rapidly swapping or cleaning cables.

Power-Vee adjusts in seconds to any Flexicore® cable from 1/4" to 3/8" diameter – with no special tools or parts required.  “In over 40 years of doing this, I’ve never broken a General cable,” Elvig asserts. “If you break a cable in the line, you cause a whole other set of problems!”

Heavy duty wire tightly coiled around 49-strand aircraft-type wire rope, General’s heavy duty Flexicore cable blends superior kinking resistance and unequalled strength with optimal flexibility.  It’s so tough that it carries the best warranty in the business – one-year protection against breakage. With his premium on equipment reliability and quick, professional service, Elvig claims “Flexicore is the only cable that I really trust.”

“If all my cutters and snakes aren’t General, I don’t want them,” he says. “If you need them two or three times a day, they absolutely have to work – and they got to hold up.”

Considering “the whole package”, Elvig says he’s “looked into other competitors, and they simply don’t work as well as General.”

One Happy Professional

Elvig loves the peace-of-mind that rugged, reliable equipment affords.

“I have decades-old machines – and they’re still in use,” he declares. “General obviously cares about quality and workmanship.”

In the end, Elvig pulls no punches when extolling his drain cleaning equipment. “With General, you’re not buying a name,” he concludes, “You’re buying quality!”




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.”


With four laundry rooms atop each other on one stack, the 76 unit College Park Manor suffered chronic blockages in the same area for at least 15 years.  The problem frequently returned – despite repeated snaking and some pipe replacement.

With plenty of power for long, tough jobs, Speedrooter 92 from General Pipe Cleaners blends rugged reliability with optimal control and ease-of-use.  The durable design features a braced frame at key stress points, and Flexicore® cable – the industry standard for toughness.

“I always like using the right tools to get the job done right the first time,” the retired U.S. Navy veteran says. “Guess that reflects my service experience!”

Schakel located a 4” cleanout at the bottom of the 2” diameter drop.  Using a “Spear Head” cutter, he then punched 3/4” Flexicore® cable down four floors – clearing nearly 40 years of encrustation from scum and grease.

Heavy duty wire tightly coiled around 49-strand aircraft-type wire rope, General’s heavy duty Flexicore cable blends superior kinking resistance and unequalled strength with the right amount of flexibility.  It’s so tough that it carries the best warranty in the business – one-year protection against breakage.

“Just as I expected, our Speedrooter 92 did the job – and without $10,000.00 of cost, mess and hassle!” Schakel laughs.


Schakel also creatively employs the maneuverable, user-friendly General device for preventive maintenance.

“With older pipes and back-to-back kitchens and baths, our pipes rapidly clog with grease and scum,” he observes. “And I like using Speedrooter 92 to keep lines running free and clear.”

Using General’s Five Blade Cutter – Schakel’s favorite “sludge pusher” attachment – he shoves “all that goop out from our 4” lines into the mains.  It’s excellent for that.”

College Park’s maintenance pro also values Speedrooter 92’s one-person operation.  “I especially like the cable guide tube,” he adds. “With great balance and forward-off-reverse, variable speed control, I can safely and effectively operate the machine by myself.”

That’s especially vital in the narrow confines of older structures. Speedrooter 92 is designed for tight doorways.  One person can easily transport it up stairs – or onto a truck “with no extra costs for helpers” Schakel says.  The machine’s specially designed frame slides smoothly from the loading wheel to the handle to the stair climbers and finally to the wheels.  The adjustable height, swept-back handle also provides maximum maneuvering leverage.


College Park Manor has everything from 2” cast to 8” tile lines, Schakel notes – and “Speedrooter 92 handles them all.”

With raw driving and pulling power for long, tough jobs, General’s power cable feed drives 3/4”, 5/8”, and 1/2” cables.  Drum changes are easy, too.  Switch from 3/4” or 5/8” cables to a small drum with 100 feet of 9/16” cable to clear smaller lines.  The drums sport a see-through inner cage to quickly determine how much cable remains.

“We have Speedrooter 92 on station – 24 hours a day,” he declares. “Our cost savings have been just phenomenal!”


“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.

It's also given Smith a clear competitive edge.

In just five years, the owner of D. Smith Plumbing Services in rural Jayess, Mississippi, has carved reputation for service excellence. He prides himself on maintaining the highest ethical and professional standards - “24 hours a day, 7 days a week”.

He's serious about that. “I operate my business as an 'on-call' emergency service,” Smith says. “Customers know that I'll solve their problems when they need me to - not when it's convenient for me.”

Boosting Professionalism & Productivity

That's why he values the quick, effective, easy-to-operate Kinetic Water Ram.

“When several people call you early in the morning or late at night, you can't afford to spend 3 or 4 hours at each place,” Smith says. “The Kinetic Water Ram lets me do multiple jobs daily - with time to spare.”

That's especially important when customers call with clogged drains late at night. “I guess it makes me the '9-1-1' of Mississippi plumbers!” Smith jokes.

He pumps General's tool to the desired pressure, plugs overflows to prevent splash back, and firmly positions the flexible cone over the drain opening. One snap of the trigger unleashes a powerful burst of compressed air, instantly clearing clogs.

The resulting shock wave from Kinetic Water Ram - called “Kinetic Energy” - hits the stoppage at nearly 4,700 feet per second, quickly clearing clogs and flushing away waste particles.

That shock wave also bypasses stacks and vents. There's no pressure build-up within the system, either. General's innovative, environmentally safe tool directs 98% of the force down the line and only 2% against pipe walls. So the Kinetic Water Ram effectively handles stoppages on the far side of drum traps or series of tight bends - like lines in trailer homes. And while it produces up to 160 pounds of pressure, most blockages clear with just 20 to 40 pounds.

One typical customer called Smith to clear a long-standing kitchen sink clog. “I tried snaking that line all the way into the septic tank - with no luck,” he recalls. “So I grabbed the Kinetic Water Ram, pumped it up, and blasted that blockage clean away!”

Dale Smith calls it “amazing” on bathtubs. “I've cleared hundreds - many with old-fashioned lever-actuated stoppers that prevent me from using my cable machine,” he says. “Kinetic Water Ram handles them all.”

Compact Design Also Scores Points

Smith really values the tool's portability.

“In the past, I've snaked through roof vents to clear clogs,” he says. That often meant dragging a heavy, awkward cable machine to the top of a building - not a pleasant task in Mississippi's scandalously sultry summers.

“Now I can handle most jobs by carrying the lightweight Kinetic Water Ram,” Smith laughs, “And I don't even break a sweat!”

Smith's association with General's tool began when he was a community college student.

“While working part-time in a grocery store, I saw a plumber's truck in the parking lot,” he recalls. “So I walked over, told him I was studying plumbing and drain cleaning, and asked his professional advice for someone just starting out.”

Smith says the fellow “immediately pulled out a Kinetic Water Ram - and told me to get one”. “This is the best, handiest tool you'll ever get,” the plumber claimed.

“So when I went into business for myself, Kinetic Water Ram was one of the very first pieces of equipment I bought,” Smith notes. “I take it everywhere.”

Versatility Enhances Appeal

Like to what some customers consider “impossible” jobs.

One bathroom sink, for instance, remained clogged for over a year - despite previously unsuccessful attempts by other plumbers to snake the line. The homeowner had nearly given up when D. Smith Plumbing Services rode to the rescue.

“They expected me to tear out the cabinets and cause a major inconvenience,” Smith says. “Instead, I grabbed my Kinetic Water Ram, added a little water to the sink and completely cleared the line.”

Smith swears by its versatility. “It's great at unclogging toilets!”

One of his business customers suffered serious clogging of a washroom toilet. “When I arrived, it was clear that employees were throwing everything down that commode - paper towels, you name it,” he recalls. “Kinetic Water Ram™ cleared that real fast!”

The General product comes with a flexible cone for 1-1/4" to 4" diameter lines, caulking hose, and five tapered valves for sealing openings from 1-1/4" through 4". A Schraeder valve for use with an external air compressor when clearing difficult blockages is also provided.

An optional toilet attachment screws onto the front of the Kinetic Water Ram, permitting firmer positioning in the bowl and performing like a powerful plunger. Additional options include a carrying case, 6" rubber cone, expansion plugs, universal faucet adapter, water supply hose, and check valve.

A Real Business Booster

“Right now I got as much business as I can handle,” Smith concludes, “Without a doubt, Kinetic Water Ram makes my job a lot easier.”

“With that tool, I can get most jobs - even some really tough ones - done in less than 5 minutes,” he maintains. “As for that plumber in the parking lot who originally recommended Kinetic Water Ram, I just wish I knew that guy's name: I'd shake his hand!”


“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.

The innovative tool safely, quickly and cleanly clears clogged sinks and showers, toilets and tubs with Kinetic Energy.

And it’s given the young, Indiana-based plumber a clear competitive edge.

Taylor comes from three generations of professionals.  In business for over six years, he routinely subcontracts for a major national plumbing and drain cleaning company specializing in franchise services.

“Jobs that take guys an hour with cable machines, I do in just 5 minutes,” he says. “It’s like they say in the movie, ‘Who you gonna call?’  With Kinetic Water Ram, I handle emergencies super quick!”

Fast, Clean Work

That’s why Taylor prefers General’s pioneering tool for rapidly clearing many common residential and commercial clogs.  Call it his “secret identity”!

“I’ve earned a reputation for prompt, clean service with minimal disruption,” he says. “Most customers can’t believe how fast I handle their problems.”

Kinetic Water Ram 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 stoppage.  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. 

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.

Amazing Versatility

Taylor first learned of the Kinetic Water Ram when a training supervisor watched him struggle snaking the old trap of a clogged basement shower drain.

“After a while he said, ‘Let me show you how to really do it, son’,” Taylor recalls. “The supervisor got his Kinetic Water Ram, pumped it up, and immediately cleared the clog.”

That’s when Taylor became a true believer.

“The Kinetic Water Ram is perfect for all kinds of drain cleaning problems,” he claims. “It’s amazing on grease in kitchen sinks, hair and scum in bathtubs, and toilet paper and disposable wipes in commodes.”

An optional toilet attachment screws onto the front of the Kinetic Water Ram – permitting firmer positioning in the bowl and acting like a powerful plunger.  

Boosting Professionalism & Productivity

“It’s super-simple to use,” Taylor adds.

Simply pump the Kinetic Water Ram to the desired pressure, plug overflows to prevent splash back, and firmly positioned the flexible cone over the drain opening.  One snap of the trigger unleashes a powerful shock wave, instantly clearing clogs.

That’s especially important when customers see Taylor clearing clogged drains with such amazing speed and cleanliness.

“They think I’m a ‘Super Hero’ of Indiana plumbers,” Taylor jokes. “That’s why I like keeping my Kinetic Water Ram secret from competitors!”


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