General’s Compact Drain Cleaning Machine Makes Quick Work Of School District’s Clogged Drain Problems

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General’s Compact Drain Cleaning Machine Makes Quick Work Of School District’s Clogged Drain Problems

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“If you want to test a drain cleaner, put it in a school. We have had to clear everything from soda bottles to sweat shirts,” says Tom Stegemann, maintenance supervisor for Festus School District in Festus, Missouri. 

“It’s our job to maintain the proper function of all seven school district buildings.” That means providing a “clean, safe learning and work environment” for approximately 3,000 K-12 student, as well as for teachers, administrators and support personnel. 

So when Stegemann and staff face stoppages in smaller 1 1/4- to 3-inch lines, they grab the Model DRZ-PH power drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners. 

Compact, powerful package 

Maintenance pros for Festus Schools routinely use it to clear drains for urinals, water coolers, hand sinks, pot sinks and disposal lines. 

General’s compact drain cleaner is also excellent for quickly unclogging sinks, tubs and laundry drains in a wide range of consumer and commercial applications. 

Weighing just 30 pounds, the lightweight, muscular machine features a variable-speed power cable feed for maximum control feeding and retrieving cable at up to 16 feet per minute. 

Stegemann calls the machine’s power cable feed “one of the best features, and simple to use.” 

The 4-foot guide tube also means that maintenance personnel need never touch the cable, helping hands and job sites remain clean and sanitary — important considerations in public school settings. 

Flexible, easy-to-use solution 

It’s easy to operate, too. 

“With very little training, a person not accustomed to sewer augers can use this machine safely and effectively,” Stegemann says. 

He calls General’s simple-to-use tool “very operator friendly.” Maintenance staff can easily operate the Model DRZ-PH horizontally on countertops or vertically on the floor next to sinks and tubs. And its “carry handle” effortlessly helps transport and position the machine. 

The strong, silent type 

And while on the job, the Model DRZ-PH’s quiet motor won’t disturb others, either. 

“Noise has been an issue with other equipment we’ve used,” Stegemann says. “But the low noise — and how effectively it operates — reduces disruption to normal school activities.” 

The rust resistant aluminum drum carries up to 50 feet of 1/4- or 5/16-inch, or 35 feet of 3/8-inch Flexicore wire rope center cable. 

Flexicore cables are manufactured of heavy gauge wire coiled tightly around 49-strand aircraft-type wire rope and heat-treated. It maintains unequalled strength with the right amount of flexibility. 

Stegemann adds that the unique design “works very well and travels with less hang-ups.”

General’s quick-change cartridge system also allows operators to switch to a different diameter cable without pulling the old cable out of the drum.

Potent professional arsenal 

For everyday drain cleaning tasks, however, the Model DRZ-PH remains Stegemann’s equipment of choice. 

“This tool is a great addition to the Festus School District inventory,” he says. “It allows my staff to quickly address issues with a far greater success rate than with any previous equipment.” 

Perhaps most important in times of tight budgets, he adds, the Model DRZ-PH “has saved us downtime for facilities and cost.” 

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