Case Studies - March 2022

Case Studies - March 2022

Interested in Cleaning?

Get Cleaning articles, news and videos right in your inbox! Sign up now.

Cleaning + Get Alerts

Clogged drains easily cleared at resort

Problem / James “Rob” Hoelscher, co-owner of Colorado Bear Creek Cabins with his wife Susan, sought a solution to clear clogged drains quickly and efficiently. “Guests with clogged drains deserve prompt service ­— day or night,” he says. “Our maintenance tools must likewise perform on demand.”

Solution / Ideal for small-line stoppages, the Power-Vee drain cleaner from General Pipe Cleaners easily unclogs sink, tub and laundry lines 1 1/4 to 3 inches in diameter, up to 50 feet long. Its automatic feed makes clearing small drainlines faster and easier than using manual methods. It holds up to 50 feet of Flexicore cable, and its Quick Change Cable Cartridge system makes swapping and switching different cables and diameters quick and simple. Flexicore cables are manufactured of heavy gauge wire coiled tightly around 49-strand aircraft-type wire rope for strength and optimal flexibility.

Result / “That’s why General’s hand-held Power-Vee anchors our drain cleaning tasks,” says Hoelscher. “Most of our drain cleaning work is done indoors — under sinks and inside cabinets. The compact, maneuverable Power-Vee proves perfect for that.” 800-245-6200;

Town finds easy solution for root intrusion issues 

Problem / The town of Brandon, Vermont, dealt with continuing root intrusion issues in an 8-inch gravity sewer that originated on Pearl Street and runs along Maple Street. The route has a couple of Crimson King maple trees that the town considers aesthetically valuable, but have large and far-reaching root structures belowground.

Solution / RootX was deposited in the manhole at the end of the line on Pearl Street along with about 20 gallons of water. “We treat the line without having to spend about half an hour with the rodding machine and/or 15 minutes with the flusher machine dragged behind the truck,” says Stive Cijka, chief operator for the town of Brandon. “We have 12 river crossings and many are not in a spot to drive a truck up to with a flushing machine, but we can always carry a 40-pound box of RootX to the manhole to treat the line where our machinery cannot reach.”

Result / “There are only two of us on the crew to maintain six pump stations, 22 miles of sewer line, and a 700,000 gpd design extended aeration wastewater plant,” Cijka says. “Being I am 61 and my assistant is 55, we strive to work smarter not harder. The town manager has allowed us to buy a small pallet of RootX at a time to treat a substantial area, so in approximately 4.5 years we have treated the whole system once.” 800-844-4974; 


Comments on this site are submitted by users and are not endorsed by nor do they reflect the views or opinions of COLE Publishing, Inc. Comments are moderated before being posted.