Drain Cleaning Machine Brings Revenue Bump for Contractor

Plumber’s expansion into the trenchless pipe-rehab market gets a profitable assist from productivity-enhancing technology.

Drain Cleaning Machine Brings Revenue Bump for Contractor
A-1 Total Service Plumbing technician Nicholas Lee uses a TCM 5000 Merlin drain cleaning machine (RIDGID Seesnake) to descale 140 feet of 4-inch diameter cast-iron pipe in a strip mall in preparation for lining. (Photo Courtesy of A-1 Total Service Plumbing)

When a friend first told Raymond Gray, the owner of A-1 Total Service Plumbing in Los Angeles, about the TCM 5000 drain cleaning machine made by GI Industries, he admits he was a little skeptical. That didn’t last long — just one job, in fact. And an ensuing revenue bump of...

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