General Water Jets Help Drain Cleaning Pro Blast Blockages and Profit

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,” said Fantauzzo, the owner of Mercer Drain Cleaning Service. Bar owners, municipal authorities, and homeowners, he added, also suffer grease, sediment, sand and ice.

“And every problem is a business opportunity,” he added.

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 explained. But the JM-2900 hits soft clogs with a wall-to-wall stream of high-pressure water – and flushes them away.

That performance boosts Fantauzzo’s business. One of his competitors 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 it maintains the same pressure and flow rate as competitive jets.

Power comes from a proven 13-horsepower Honda engine connected directly to a 3,000-psi, 4-gpm triplex pump. The 200-foot 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 smiled. “Our JM-2900 handles 4-inch and larger diameter lines!”

Reliability Vital

A General equipment user for more than 15 years, he also owns a compact, portable JM-1450 electric water jet for smaller jobs – 1-1/2- to 2-inch 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 horsepower, dual-capacitor, enclosed motor with an in-line ground fault circuit interrupter.

Fantauzzo said, “I 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™ models 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 cautioned, 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 said. “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 declared. “They enhance our professional image.”

About DrainBrain

The Drain Brains at General Pipe Cleaners have been part of the drain cleaning industry since 1930. We offer you our combined experiences to assist you with your drain cleaning question or clogged drain problem. General Pipe Cleaners manufactures a full line of drain cleaning equipment including high pressure water jets, video pipe inspection systems, water leak locators, pipe freezers, pipe thawers, and more.
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