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

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

The right equipment
That’s why Fantauzzo’s central New Jersey company added the popular, reliable JM-2900 gas-powered water jet from General Pipe Cleaners to Mercer’s mix of drain cleaning and inspection solutions.

When snakes go through grease, grease closes behind the cable, leaving the line clogged.  But the JM-2900 destroys soft clogs with wall-to-wall, high-pressure water.

Performance like that boosts Fantauzzo’s business. One competitor recently tried clearing a residential line — but the blockage returned a few days later.

“He just snaked through toilet paper, which almost immediately re-clogged the pipe,” he says. “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 Honda engine connected directly to a 3,000 psi, 4 gpm triplex pump. The 200-feet capacity hose reel with reel brake and brass swivel is mounted on a rugged, heavy-duty frame with 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 indispensable weapons against soft blockages. With several Jet-Set models available, experts like Fantauzzo admire their reliability, technology, transportability and safety features.

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

Reliabiltily vital
A General equipment user for over 15 years, he also owns a compact, portable JM-1450 electric water jet for smaller 1 1/2- to 2-inch lines, and several other General drain cleaning and inspection solutions:

  • A Gen-Eye video system with digital locator
  • Two Speedrooter 91s 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 innovative, hand-held device that quickly and cleanly clears clogs with powerful bursts of compressed air

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

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But water jets can’t clear heavy stoppages like tree roots, Fantauzzo cautions. “That’s why we have our Speedrooter 91s and Metro-Rooter.”

Reputation critical
Fantauzzo offers a 30-day warranty on every drain cleaning job. He never advertises. And all his 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.

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


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