A Jetter That Clears Drains So Well, You Can Offer a Clog-Free Warranty

A powerful compact Mini-Jet successfully took on a grease blockage that kept re-forming

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A Jetter That Clears Drains So Well, You Can Offer a Clog-Free Warranty

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

A drain cleaning technician from Steve’s Service Plumbing in Nampa, Idaho, would run the cable. The sink would drain. Then it would back up again.

That’s when company owner Jeff Hankins arrived with a JM-1000 Mini-Jet from General Pipe Cleaners.

“It was a special job for the widow of a military veteran,” he says. “And I refused to leave until we cleared the obstruction for her — permanently.”

Quick results

Fortunately, that didn’t take long.

Hankins serves a broad range of residential and commercial customers southwest of Boise — and sees lots of clogged drainlines.

He guessed that heavy sludge blocked the 1 1/2-inch galvanized line, and that the grease stoppage slowly re-formed after snaking.

“My employee was really skeptical that our little Mini-Jet would clear that clog,” Hankins says. “But I figured it was the perfect problem for the JM-1000 to tackle.”

The compact, lightweight, electric-powered JM-1000 Mini-Jet is excellent for spot-clearing grease, sediment and ice from small, 1 1/2- to 3-inch lines up to 50 feet long. It’s great for blocked kitchen, bathroom and laundry drains.

With 1,500 psi of raw cleaning power, General’s powerful little water jet hits soft stoppages with a wall-to-wall stream of high-pressure water and flushes them away.

In less than 10 minutes — including walking from the truck and setting-up his JM-1000 — Hankins had the lady’s line running free and clear.

“You should have seen the look on my employee’s face,” he says. “Now he’s a Mini-Jet believer.”

Jetters help boost business and efficiency

Performance like that prompted Hankins to make water jets an integral part of his business model. That’s why he now has two General JM-1000s for his three trucks.

“Our water jets are extremely versatile,” he says. “I think they’re faster and easier than cable machines on many common clogs.”

That sort of equipment reliability and efficiency remains critical to Hankins’ daily operations — and bottom line.

“We charge a flat-rate for drain cleaning services. So we aim to do more jobs in as little time as possible for maximum profit.”

For a small additional fee, Steve’s Service also offers customers a supplemental water jet cleaning warranty to ensure clog-free lines.

“If the drain backs up again within a year, we’ll hit it again for free,” Hankins says. “We couldn’t offer that without a reliable water jet like the JM-1000.”

He also has a compact, portable General JM-1450 electric water jet for longer 1 1/2- to 4-inch lines and is considering purchasing a trailer jet for tough, big-line outside jobs.

General's answer for those jobs is the brawny, gas-powered JM-2512 Typhoon trailer jet that blasts grease, sediment, ice and other blockages from large lines, even in remote locations.

Portability and pulse technology

“General’s nozzle head design really helps negotiate twists and turns, even on screwed-on galvanized fittings,” Hankins notes.

Pulse technology helps slide the hose around tight bends and down lines. It breaks the initial tension between the hose surface and pipe walls, increasing cleaning power. And it separates General’s Jet-Set from ordinary pressure washers.

Hankins likes the Mini-Jet’s compact size, too.

“Our plumbers often find themselves alone on jobs,” he says. “So they need equipment that’s easy to transport and handle — machines designed for efficient, one-man operation.”

As large as a typical toolbox, the JM-1000’s rugged, diamond plate metal case containing pump and motor assemblies measures just 24 inches long by 10 1/2 inches deep by 11 inches high. And at just 23 pounds, it’s easy to carry.

“General’s Mini-Jet is small but powerful.”

Maneuverability counts, too. “In tight spots like a sink cabinet, the size of the JM-1000 lets me quickly and easily address problems.”

General’s tough little tool respects customer property, too. Rubber feet on the carrying case help protect delicate counter tops in kitchens and baths. It also sports key safety features, like a sensor to shut-off the motor if water stops flowing, and a 3-wire ground-fault circuit interrupter.

Hankins places a huge premium on a tool’s trust factor. “We also don’t just ‘poke and go’  — simply snake-out lines and leave.” That’s why, he stresses, “I only use tools I trust. We like the JM-1000. It’s really affordable and versatile.”

For more information, contact the Drain Brains at General Pipe Cleaners at 800-245-6200, or visit www.drainbrain.com.

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