Mini Jetter Lets Plumbing Pros Develop Profitable Service Niche

Offering fixed-price septic maintenance contracts means productive and powerful equipment is key to profitability

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Mini Jetter Lets Plumbing Pros Develop Profitable Service Niche

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Rusty and Randy Tigges, co-owners of R&R Septic Services in Carroll, Iowa, built a profitable business niche — fast.

R&R uses the JM-1000 Mini-Jet, a compact, powerful water jet from General Pipe Cleaners, to service and clean modular wastewater treatment installations.

Decentralized modular septic systems like AdvanTex are becoming more common in rural areas not served by wastewater treatment plants — including housing subdivisions, apartments, golf courses, RV parks, campgrounds and more.

Rusty Tigges says that the Mini-Jet’s hose and nozzle are the perfect size to clean pipes and orifices of a modular septic system filter pod. And since R&R offers fixed-price septic maintenance contracts, work productivity remains key to profitability.

“Some septic maintenance guys use a bottle brush at the end of fish tape — too slow and slipshod for us,” he says. “Our JM-1000 Mini-Jet does a faster, more reliable job.” 

More jobs in less time

The compact, lightweight, electric-powered JM-1000 Mini-Jet — the smallest of General’s popular gas and electric powered Jet-Set water jetters – is excellent for clearing sludge, sediment, grease and ice from small, 1 1/2- to 3-inch lines, up to 50 feet long.

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

“General’s nozzle head design really helps negotiate the twists and turns of septic system pipes,” Randy says. “And it’s far more thorough than hand-cleaning with a bottle brush.”

JM-1000 Mini-Jet performance also offers R&R the speed and reliability to service multiple septic systems in a shorter period of time.

“It’s definitely improved our productivity and profitability,” Rusty says. “When doing several systems a day, just one technician can knock a half-hour off each job with the JM-1000. And that really helps.” 

Portability and pulse technology aid productivity

Pulse technology helps slide the hose around tight bends and farther 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.

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

The size of a typical toolbox, the JM-1000 Mini-Jet’s rugged, diamond-plate metal case containing pump and motor assemblies measures just 24 by 10 1/2 inches by 11 inches high. At just 23 pounds, it’s easy to carry — making it perfect for one-person operation. 

Including servicing septic systems. “With the right knack, one technician can go seamlessly from pipe to pipe on an AdvanTex filter pod,” he says. “It works pretty slick.” 

Equipment arsenal built from trust

Performance like that also lets R&R use the JM-1000 Mini-Jet on a range of inside drain cleaning jobs.

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 three-wire ground fault circuit interrupter.

“Trust in our tools is very important for daily operations,” Rusty Tigges says. “And General has a great reputation for making highest quality tools. That’s why we buy General.” 



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