General’s Clogchopper Has Tieger By The Tail


“There’s nothing like it. It’s fantastic for clearing scale from inside lines. It flies around pipe bends!”

That’s Sylvan Tieger on the revolutionary ClogChopper® cutting tool from General Pipe Cleaners.

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Snakes in the Restroom! Gen-Eye POD® Helps 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.

Track Record Of Trust & Performance

Fast-forward several years. Now, Capelli owns Capelli Plumbing in San Leandro, Calif.

“We handle lots of residential and light commercial work in the San Francisco area,” he says. “And I wanted a tough, compact video package to inspect the 1-1/2-inch to 4-inch lines of our apartment-maintenance customers.”

That’s why James Capelli chose the compact Gen-Eye POD from General Pipe Cleaners. “It’s a tiny little thing,” he chuckles. “You just grab it  and go!”

But while Capelli built his business around General equipment, he, “carefully researched other camera systems,” before making the purchase. “I really did my homework before investing,” he adds.

The economical Gen-Eye POD integral video inspection system combines mini-color camera, reel and monitor into an easy to transport, all-in-one package.

The Gen-Eye MINI-POD carries 125 feet or 175 feet. of Gel-Rod and the color mini-camera is small enough to trouble shoot 2- to 4-inch conduits. “I know General says 2- to 4-inch, but I’ve used it in a wider range of lines!” he adds.

The full size Gen-Eye POD reel carries 200 feet of Gel-Rod® for 3- to 10-inch lines. Tough Gel-Rod protects against moisture damage. If cut or abraded, the gel in the rod automatically seals the break,  preventing the wires from shorting-out and protecting your investment. Its Kevlar® braid, fiberglass core and durable sheath offer maximum pushing and pulling power.

Rugged Reliability

“It’s really rugged and reliable,” Capelli claims. “I use it at least two or three times a week.”

The Gen-Eye POD features a bright 7-inch LCD monitor on a gooseneck for easy viewing in all directions,hot all in a padded case with sunscreen. General’s compact package can be also operated vertically or horizontally.

Capelli really likes that combination of features. “In tight spots, I can easily adjust the monitor for others to see what I’m doing,” the California-based plumbing pro adds.

A “video out” connection permits recording to an external device. Optional Wi-Fi lets you send video to your smartphone or tablet to be recorded and sent to your customers. A 512 Hz transmitter is included for precise camera locating with General’s Hot-Spot® pipe locator.

Equipment Depth Enhances Professional Reputation

James Capelli really loves his Gen-Eye POD. “Without a doubt,” he adds, “General Pipe Cleaners produces the best cable drain cleaning equipment around.”

Bottom line?

“General drain cleaning and pipe inspection tools have always been reliable and exceeded expectations,” James Capelli concludes. “They’re the best out there!”

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The Flexicore Advantage Boosts Productivity And Profitability

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“My dad always used it. And I swear by it!”

That’s Jeff Wall, owner of Wall Septic & Drain Cleaning Co. in Massachusetts, on Flexicore® cable.

General Wire Spring founder Abe Silverman first coiled spring wire tightly around a wire rope core in the 1940s. Since then, generations of plumbing and drain cleaning professionals swear by the “Flexicore advantage” – matchless cable strength, kinking resistance and flexibility.

Best of all, they’ve taken advantage of those benefits for superior productivity – and profitability.

Thanks to Abe Silverman’s patented process, professionals everywhere consider Flexicore the industry standard for drain cleaning snakes.

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General Water Jets Help Drain Cleaning Professional Blast Blockages for Profits


Grease-clogged pipes produce problems, but the right drain cleaning equipment turns those problems into profits.

“Health inspectors want restaurants to clean grease traps regularly,” says Chris Fantauzzo, owner of Mercer Drain Cleaning Service. “Bar owners, municipal authorities and homeowners also suffer from grease, sediment, sand and ice.”

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Pilot Your Drain Cleaning Safety

SpeedRooterXLPrior to taking off, the pilot and flight crew of an aircraft complete a preflight checklist. This list of tasks improves flight safety by ensuring that no important steps or issues are overlooked. Failure to correctly conduct the preflight check is a major contributing factor in aircraft maintenance.

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How to Protect Your Inspection Camera Equipment from Costly Mistakes

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So, picture this: you’re kneeling in wet grass next to a clean out and shoving your Gen-Eye pipe inspection system slowly down into the drain. The push rod is stiff, but slippery, and it is just flexible enough to permit you to negotiate the 90-degree turn at the bottom of the clean out and coax it in the direction of the street. The yard seems to be approximately the size of Rhode Island, with a driveway, several trees and an overgrown, but earnest, attempt at landscaping between you and the property line. The customer’s toilets and drains have been backing up almost every time it rains and you’ve confirmed everything between the house and the clean out is flowing normally. Your problem lies under the front yard, and it certainly involves a broken or leaking pipe. In a flash of insight, it occurs to you that you are propelling a video camera into what is certainly a damaged sewer pipe. What could possibly go wrong?

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Highlights from the 2017 ARA Rental Show






At this year’s ARA Rental Show in Orlando, industry professionals stopped by to visit the Drain Brains and talk about why they love their products from General Pipe Cleaners. Businesses praised General’s products for their toughness, ease of use and simple maintenance, including E-Z Rental Center Inc. in Carbondale Ill., who have trusted General Pipe Cleaners products for more than 50 years.

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Highlights from the 2017 WWETT Show


While exhibiting at the 2017 Water Wastewater Equipment Treatment and Transport Show in Indianapolis, the Drain Brains had the opportunity to catch up with drain cleaning professionals from across the country who all swear by General’s products.

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WWETT Jets: A Closer Look at General’s Jet-Set Water Jet Drain Cleaners







At the Water and Wastewater Equipment, Treatment and Transport Show, the world’s largest annual trade show for environmental service professionals, General Pipe Cleaners’ Marty Silverman spoke with COLE Publishing about its line of Jet-Set water jet drain cleaners.

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Compact, Powerful JM-1000™ Water Jet Tackles Tough Job For Widow Of Military Veteran


Four hours of snaking couldn’t clear a kitchen clog.

The local VA’s maintenance man would run the cable. The sink would drain and then back up again.

That’s when owner Jeff Hankins of Steve’s Service Plumbing in Nampa, Idaho, 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.”

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