Product Focus: Business Diversification – Septic Pumping, Plumbing

Product Focus: Business Diversification – Septic Pumping, Plumbing

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The DM30 drain cleaning machine from Duracable is versatile enough to handle most jobs. Easily swap between 19- and 21-inch reels, and go from an enclosed polyethylene drum to an open-spoke metal reel in minutes. This durable machine provides flexibility with cable diameter and length — 1/2- or 5/8-inch is recommended. Machine packages come with 100 feet of DuraFlex 5/8-inch hollow-core cable. They can be used in 2- to 6-inch lines for residential work, floor drains, roof vents and light commercial jobs. 800-247-4081;


The Model C dual-cable sectional drain cleaner from Electric Eel runs up to 200 feet of 1 1/4-inch, self-feeding dual cable in 8- or 10-foot sections that require no handling when rotating. It spins cable at twice the revolutions per minute of a continuous cable machine for cleaning 3- to 10-inch lines for distances up to 200 feet. One-person operation means less time and labor expense. A heavy-duty, 1/2 hp motor comes standard, and 3/4 and 1 hp motors are also available. A custom-designed gearbox ensures higher quality, lower cost and parts availability. The heavy-duty, fully adjustable safety clutch keeps cable and tool breakage to a minimum and provides overload protection. A fold-down handle allows for easy transportation, storage and use in crawl spaces. Its carry handle allows for balance and easy transport. 800-833-1212;


The Model GO 68HD heavy-duty electric drain cleaning machine from Gorlitz Sewer & Drain is available in two different versions, either with an open steel reel or enclosed polyethylene drum, and it can be outfitted with an optional power feeder. Standard configuration is 150 feet of 11/16-inch hollow-core cable, which should reach most blockages with a single reel. Overall weight of this machine is 185 pounds. Adding a loading ramp and electric winch to any vehicle makes transportation quick and simple. It is designed to clean pipes from 3 to 8 inches in diameter. 877-446-7548; 


The M18 Drum Machine for 3/8- to 1/2-inch cable from Milwaukee Tool provides the ability to tackle tough clogs such as grease, scale and buildup. This machine delivers up to 40% more torque at max capacity than corded machines in 1 1/2- to 4-inch drainlines and can clear up to 100 feet with 3/8-inch cable and up to 75 feet with 1/2-inch cable. Clearing clogs in sinks, bathtubs and floor drains, its cordless convenience allows users the ability to power their machine anywhere without the hassles and trip hazards of extension cords. The tool features a user-driven, lightweight design with an enclosed drum for protection against the mess during transportation on and off the job. It is compatible with the CABLE DRIVE Assembly, which gives users the capability to automatically feed and retract cable up to 15 to 20 feet per minute. Additional cables are available. 800-729-3878;


The M224 High-Speed Flexible Shaft Cleaner from MyTana quickly powers through blockages in 2- to 4-inch lines. It has a robust internal drive so the user can have two-handed control of the cable. They can completely focus on the resistance coming from the blockage while starting or stopping the machine with the foot pedal. The SmartDrive electronic controller auto-adjusts the torque limit to the obstruction in the line. The flexible shaft cable is 75 feet long and has a slip-joint fitting so it can accept a variety of attachments. Users can quickly change sizes of cutting blades or attach specialized tools like the one-piece chain-knocker sets. A universal whip lets them add a tool of their choice. Transporting the unit is easy thanks to a luggage-style handle that telescopes to 43 inches, easy tilt and wide-stance wheels. The quiet unit is powered by standard household current. 800-328-8170;


The Model 1065 is Spartan Tool’s original professional-grade cable machine. It offers a 250-foot range to clean pipe from 3 to 10 inches in diameter. The Dial-A-Cable power feed allows for quick cable changes and feeds cable in and out easily, while the blockage-sensing smart motor senses the need for more power when encountering a difficult blockage. A fully enclosed drum helps keep customers’ living areas clean, and the unit has a rugged design for tough jobs. 800-435-3866;



The Rooterman franchise system offers a low-cost solution to franchise ownership, with a flat-rate pricing system (no royalty on percentage of sales). Franchisees are granted an exclusive franchise license for their chosen territories, and they become part of a team of independent dealers working together under a nationally branded website and recognized trademark with proven systems for success. It has been named the top plumbing franchise by Entrepreneur magazine 15 years in a row. Franchisees receive equity in the national brand by receiving exclusive use of the trademark in their territory. 800-700-8062;


Z PLUMBERZ is a full-service plumbing franchise specializing in all types of plumbing, drain and sewer solutions. The franchise model focuses on sustainable growth and profitability, with paths designed for those starting brand-new plumbing businesses, as well as for existing plumbing or drain contractors. Owners develop their businesses in four key verticals, including retail plumbing, drain and sewer cleaning, project plumbing and pipe lining and trenchless technologies. Franchise owners are provided with the training, resources and support needed to win more jobs, provide exceptional customer service and become their market’s go-to expert. 866-625-1323;


Zoom Drain Franchise pulls from a larger pool of willing and capable people because it doesn’t need skilled techs. Its “green” apprentices practice in training centers, on trucks and in the field with techs, using comprehensive digital manuals as the training curriculum. Graduating from apprentice to tech is the first step on a career path. The manuals match the specialized configuration of the trucks. The software, tools, equipment and materials are specifically referenced in the procedures and systematically updated on tablets. 877-855-5100;



Cherne Single-Size Muni-Ball Plugs work with all types of pipe and offer a threaded aluminum bypass. The full bypass allows both testing and monitoring of pipe systems. Made of durable natural rubber, they seal the roughest of surfaces and can be converted to an air test plug with the use of a conversion kit. Underground Muni-Ball Plugs are ideal for installation and repair of residential or commercial piping systems. 800-843-7584;


The Camera Pull Nozzle from Enz USA is a pull and cleaning nozzle all in one. By means of optimized geometry, there are no protruding edges. This allows the camera cable to be pulled even further into the pipe. Due to the loss-proof screw and cover, the nozzle is extremely user-friendly. It can be ordered for cable diameters of 9 to 12 mm. The application range is 3 to 10 inches, and it is available for 3/8- and 1/2-inch hoses. 877-369-8721;


Hercules Bacta-Life from Oatey is a concentrated powdered product formulated to bacterially repopulate recently pumped septic systems. It is a blend of specialized microbes, potent enzymes, micronutrients and growth accelerators to digest grease, soap scum, starch, proteins, carbohydrates and cellulose/paper. The product disperses quickly on contact with water, and begins to break down deposits and neutralize odors. It contains no acids, caustics or solvents and is safe for use in all areas of wastewater plumbing. It is designed to enhance the natural biology of cesspools, septic tanks and drainage areas, removing heavy buildup in traps, drains, sewers and sump/lift stations when used on a regular basis, according to the maker. Regular use of this product maintains free-flowing drains and sewers and helps keep septic systems at full activity, the company states. It can also be used in commercial grease traps, for sewer and drainline maintenance, and backyard composting. 800-321-9532;


The RIDGID Pipe Patching System is an all-inclusive, start-to-finish solution for faster and simpler trenchless repairs. The versatile system can perform up to 6-foot fiberglass repairs in 2- to 6-inch pipe in straight sections, bends, transitions and P-traps. Easy to add on starter systems include all basic equipment needed to begin pipe patching while patch kits include all required consumables for a single patch. The entire process can be completed in two hours or less, offers a fast return on investment and is easy to learn. Pipe patching is an efficient, durable repair solution that saves time and labor, while also providing minimal disturbance to landscaping and business productivity making it ideal for residential, commercial and industrial markets. 800-474-3443;



The CUES MPlus+ XL push system is designed for easy operation and flexibility with an all-in-one setup and quick removal of the control unit, which can be used separately. It includes a coiler configuration and pan-and-tilt camera for mainline and larger pipeline applications up to 500 feet. It integrates video observation coding, observation coding interface and digital recording. The lightweight system includes large, durable wheels for portability and a balanced footprint for stability. It is manufactured to handle rigorous field use. 800-327-7791;


Envirosight’s Verisight Pro+ push camera is designed to complete drainpipe and lateral inspections efficiently and accurately. Its self-leveling camera captures up to 90 hours of color footage from pipes 2 inches in diameter and larger, regardless of material. It snakes through multiple bends for maximum range, and an integral tri-band sonde (33 kHz, 512 Hz, 640 Hz) works with most locators. The rugged, welded-steel coiler comes with 130, 200 or 330 feet of pushrod. The entire system runs for six hours off internal rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, or off mains or vehicle power. Its controller displays real-time footage on an 8-inch LCD screen and can operate all camera functions, generate custom text overlays with a full QWERTY keyboard, and easily off-load inspection footage by SD card or USB drive. 866-838-3763;


DuraSCOPE WIFI inspection cameras from by Medit are known for the durability of the push cable and their ability to withstand repeating cycles of inspections in harsh environments. The new generation of these CCTV systems has an improved Wi-Fi connection that allows connecting a few smartphones/tablets simultaneously, so coworkers can see the live footage from the other side of the street. The camera is fully portable and runs on an 18V Milwaukee battery. No monitor or any other fragile and easy-to-break parts are needed. Just a sturdy, steel frame, premium spiral-wound push cable and a color camera head with 512 Hz sonde. 877-613-2210;


The H12 control module from Hathorn Inspection Cameras is equipped with a bright 12.1-inch VividHD LCD screen. It is powered by 18-volt Milwaukee (or equivalent) batteries, and available with PipeStream Wi-Fi technology, which allows the user to directly stream the video inspection to up to four devices at the same time (Apple or Android). This system also comes with a full keyboard, eight pages of text overlay, dimmable light control, record/pause to USB, and sonde control. It is usable in any light condition (including direct sunshine), providing HD picture quality, high contrast and 8x digital pan and zoom technology. Command modules are paired with Hathorn Standard reels, which offer nine camera heads (straight view and self-leveling), five different reel sizes, five different rod sizes, and lengths from 100 to 500 feet. 866-428-4676;


The MicroLite Pushrod System from RapidView IBAK North America is a lightweight, small-diameter push system with durable steel-frame construction that delivers a high-quality image for all contractors and plumbers. Fitted with 100 feet of push cable, powerful LED lighting and an auto-uprighting camera, it is designed to inspect pipelines 2 to 4 inches in diameter. The entire system is powered by rechargeable batteries and is equipped with the positionable MicroLite Command Console, which includes a 10-inch touch-screen monitor, full Windows operating system, two USB connections and recording software. 800-656-4225;


The Plumber’s Helper Jr. pipe inspection system from Ratech Electronics is based on a small-scale reel and comes with 100 feet of mini Gel Rod cable, a removable compact command module with 7.1-inch LCD, a built-in battery and an SD recorder for digital images and video. This mini pipe inspection system is available with a full-spectrum, 1.375-inch, self-leveling color camera; a standard color camera; or any of the company’s three micro camera heads — 5/8-, 3/4- or 1-inch diameter. 905-660-7072;


Extreme Series cordless sewer cameras from SECON come with two 20-volt DeWALT batteries and a charging station. An 18-volt power supply is included for plug-in operation. They have SD card recording and Wi-Fi connection to view inspections in real time on personal smart devices. The unit includes a 7-inch color LCD monitor, 512 Hz sonde/transmitter and a stainless steel camera head. They are available with 100 to 300 feet of push cable and are capable of viewing 1 1/2- to 12-inch pipe. 702-527-5100;


When a transporter isn’t an option because of pipe size or limited access, the Subsite Electronics Push Camera allows operators to complete inspections in the most challenging conditions. Ideal for pipes from 1.5 to 12 inches, it features single conductor technology with a rigid 1/4-inch fiber pushrod covered with a durable Hytrel jacketing that allows operators to inspect up to 500 feet down the line. Additionally, the 1/4-inch-diameter single conductor cable provides added strength without weight concerns, allowing operators to complete significantly longer inspections without the cable getting twisted or warped. The 1545 camera with an in-line 512 Hz beacon allows the operator to easily locate damage and blockage in the pipe. The camera is controlled by a 1575 controller, which features a rugged, durable and reliable enclosure. 800-846-2713;


The PIVS3388 modular sewer camera from USA Borescopes allows the user to perform an inspection of a drainpipe, process pipe or sewer line that may be inaccessible to investigate otherwise. It provides a 1.5-inch-diameter camera head that offers not only self-leveling, bright LED lighting but also a built-in transmitter to assist with aboveground locating. The large 10-inch screen provides crystal-clear viewing of the inspection area and the full working keyboard makes documenting the findings easy and hassle free. This low-cost portable inspection device is designed to deliver quality video inspections in a wide range of applications, including sewers, sewer pipes, air ducts/piping, wells, process piping and power plants. 931-362-3304;


The vCamMX-2 from Vivax-Metrotech is a portable all-in-one camera to inspect pipes between 1 1/2 and 4 inches. The control module’s 8-inch daylight-viewable LCD screen shows the distance of pushrod deployed, as well as the current time and date. Recordings are made in MP4 video and pictures in JPEG format directly to a USB thumb drive, then instantly backed up to an SD card. The internal microphone allows audio commenting over recorded video. The pushrod is traceable with the use of an external locator transmitter and is available in 100 or 150 feet. The 512 Hz frequency sonde is standard equipment. It comes with two interchangeable camera heads. The smaller D18-MX camera is fixed position and 0.70 inch in diameter, and the D26-MX is self-leveling and 1 inch in diameter. 800-446-3392;



The 51T Series 2650 trailer jet from American Jetter offers 26 gpm at 5,000 psi. Dual Kohler electronic fuel injection gasoline engines provide consistent power and create 114 hp, saving up to 20% fuel, while avoiding problems associated with carburetor engines. Low water shut-off prevents pump damage if the optional 600- to 800-gallon tanks run low. The main reel holds up to 500 feet of 1/2-inch hose, and speed control allows for precise cleaning in both directions. A long-range wireless remote option allows for water ON/OFF, engine shutdown and hose reel control. The heavy-duty square-tubing trailer offers standard electric brakes on both axles. 866-944-3569;


The 3012H Compact Skid Mount Jetter from Cam Spray is designed to go into a high cube van or pickup bed and take up as little space as possible while still flowing 12 gpm at 3,000 psi. Features include a Honda iGX 800 fuel-injected gasoline engine with oil alert and hour meter, powering a gearbox-driven plunger pump with ceramic plungers, stainless steel valves, pressure gauge and 80-mesh water filter. The pump is protected by an unloader valve and secondary pop-off. A power pulse feature is used for navigating longer runs and elbows. The 100-gallon tank includes low water shut-off and a float valve to manage filling the tank. An industrial coated skid platform and frame offers transferability among vans, trucks and trailers, while mounting flanges and D-rings allow for the machine to be fastened or tied down. The machine measures 52 inches long by 41.5 inches wide by 50 inches tall. 800-648-5011;


The G7 Jetter from GapVax is built on a heavy-duty, contractor-grade NATM-certified trailer. Several engine choices, including Cummins diesel, are certified and sized appropriately for the water pump combinations. The unit’s hose reel is hydraulically powered with a direct-drive gearbox and variable-speed control. The hose reel offers a 3-foot (curbside) articulation from center of bearing, 180-degree rotation and a capacity of 800 feet of 3/4-inch jetter hose. The polyethylene plastic water tank is available in 300-, 500-, 600- or 700-gallon capacities. The water pump is center-fed for optimum performance. The controller is interlocked with safety features that will show low fuel levels and low water, and is capable of a complete engine shutdown in an emergency. 888-442-7829;


The O’Brien 7000 Series hydro jetter from Hi-Vac is designed and built from the ground up with contractors, industrial site users and municipalities in mind. The toughest lateral lines and challenging culvert cleaning projects are no match it, as flow ranges from 18 to 65 gpm, pressure up to 4,000 psi, and a 700-gallon water capacity mean jobs can be completed the first time without costly job site returns. The 7000-T Series offers the versatility of our 7000 series trailer-mounted units custom mounted to a chassis for all-in-one convenience. It is specifically engineered for professional day-to-day sewer line cleaning. The 2000 Series offers the efficiency and productivity of loading and unloading from the bed of a pickup truck or the back of a van. This skid model is a completely self-contained unit that provides its own power source and water supply. 800-752-2400; 


The HotJet USA HotJet II trailer-mounted jetter is available with hydraulic hose reels and a 37 hp Vanguard fuel-injected engine. Operating with hot or cold water, it runs at 12 gpm at 4,000 psi, cleaning 2- to 12-inch lines, making it an alternative between small-output and larger-output machines. It arrives turnkey with a 330-gallon water tank, detergent tanks and full power-washing capabilities for cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing after the job. It includes a hydraulic hose reel, heavy-duty 7,000-pound-rated tandem axle trailer (single axle also available), rear control panel with a remote control, two heavy-duty diamond-plate side toolboxes and one front toolbox. 800-624-8186;


Brute Mountable SKID Jetters from Jetters Northwest provide trailer-sized power in a compact skid package mountable in a truck, trailer or van. Available at either 9 gpm/4,000 psi (SKID-4009) or 12 gpm/3,000 psi (SKID-3012), they have the power to run popular root-cutting nozzles. Compact water-tank skids are also available in 55-, 80-, 100-, 150-, 200- or 300-gallon sizes, which easily couple to Brute jetters. Fuel-injected engines provide choke-free electric-starting and work with the optional wireless remote control, which controls jetting on/off and engine on/throttle/off. They come with panel-mounted controls, 300 feet of jetting hose (400 feet is optional) on a 12-volt power reel, adjustable pulsation control, and four jetting nozzles. An optional wheel-kit is available for added portability. 877-901-1936;


The VJ Series of jetters from Vac-Con are designed to provide operators with an economical, portable and powerful system in two configurations. The VJ375 offers a 375-gallon water capacity on a single-axle trailer. The VJ750 boasts 750-gallon water capacity on a tandem-axle trailer. Standard features include Tier 4 diesel engine, cold-weather recirculation and air purge system, hydraulically driven hose reel and a reel-mounted, weatherproof electronic control panel. Units are available in multiple water pump pressure and flow configurations. Optional features include gas engine, wireless remote and an antifreeze tank system for cold-weather use. 904-284-4200; 



The Pik Rite steel 3,600-gallon vacuum tank is designed for strength and reliability. Its 3-inch internal plumbing keeps the exterior clean and simple. The vacuum pump mount is attached to both frame rails and easily supports pumps from any major manufacturer. It has four sight eyes for the waste compartment. The tank interior is equipped with walk-through baffles and a 20-inch rear manway for easy clean-out. The LED running light kit is installed with a fully molded wiring harness. Operator work lights and a strobe light are mounted on the top rear lighting bracket. Polished aluminum hose trays and low hose hooks are coated with protective liner. 800-326-9763;

29 // VACTOR MFG. H.A.L.O.

The H.A.L.O. hands-free accessory light option from Vactor was designed for safety and efficiency, according to the maker. Explosion-proof, waterproof and hands-free, it is operator-oriented and may be used for many applications. It offers up to 14 hours runtime and includes a 50-foot retractable corded reel. It is available on Vactor’s 2100i, Water Recycler, 2100i CB, iMPACT and Ramjet Truck Series. 815-672-3171;


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