Jetter Storms Through Big-Line Blockages, Helping Ohio Pro Boost Business

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Jetter Storms Through Big-Line Blockages, Helping Ohio Pro Boost Business

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For the biggest, meanest drain cleaning jobs in Columbus, Ohio, locals trust Ron Zimmerman, owner of R&B Sewer & Drain.

R&B subcontracts drain cleaning services to nearly 30 plumbing professionals within 100 miles of Ohio’s capital. And those professionals routinely tap R&B for their most challenging drain cleaning emergencies.

“Our phone answers 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Zimmerman. “And our four crews have earned a reputation for honestly doing jobs right — the first time.”

Storming through big jobs​

So Zimmerman counts on durable, reliable drain cleaning and inspection solutions from General Pipe Cleaners. And his main weapon on tough, big-line jobs is the JM-2512 Typhoon trailer jet.

The brawny gas-powered water jetter blasts grease, sediment, ice and other blockages from large lines or in remote locations, with more features than competitive designs offer.

With a 2,500 psi, 12 gpm pump for high water flow, the JM-2512 pulverizes clogs with wall-to-wall cleaning action from its hefty 200-gallon holding tank. Its powerful 24 hp (690 cc) Honda engine ensures extended performance on stubborn stoppages. A 2-to-1 V-belt reducer extends pump life.

On-demand Vibra-pulse also helps slide the nozzle around tight bends and down long lines. Two hose reels — a 400-feet by 1/2-inch jetter hose with variable-speed electric rewind and a 150-feet by 3/4-inch supply hose — mount next to the pressure gauge, guide arm and output valve on the trailer rear. Secure access to engine controls comes through a handy, lockable toolbox below both reels.

“It drinks lots of water, and always works,” Zimmerman says. “In one month alone, we used our Typhoon on at least 30 jobs.”

Typhoon saves the day

One of those jobs concerned an 87-year-old woman. An unscrupulous competitor claimed she’d need a new clean-out for $5,000. 

Shady drain cleaning outfits scamming unwary customers really bother Zimmerman. “We see lots of folks bilked for thousands of dollars of unnecessary work. And all they get is a ‘taillight warranty.’ 

“Luckily she got a second opinion — ours. Our video camera spotted the real problem, roots. And our Typhoon with Chain Saw Nozzle handled the job at a small fraction of the first company’s estimate.”

General’s Chain Saw Nozzle rips through roots and scrapes scale off the walls of the pipe in 4-, 6-, 8- and 10-inch lines. And Gen-Eye video inspection systems offer plumbing and drain cleaning professionals everything necessary to troubleshoot 2- through 10-inch lines, including:

  • On-screen distance counter
  • Date and time stamp
  • Voiceover unit
  • Built-in titler
  • AC/DC power option

The latest Gen-Eye SD includes a self-leveling color camera that automatically keeps pictures right side up, letting professionals and customers clearly follow the action as the camera glides through the line. 

The latest Gen-Eye SD includes a self-leveling color camera that automatically keeps pictures vertical, letting viewers clearly follow camera action through lines. Key features in the lightweight, compact package include an 8-inch LCD color monitor, an SD card reader and USB adapter for video storage, and a full keyboard for titling, all safely contained in a padded case. The Gen-Eye Digital Locator, offering easy, accurate camera location and instant depth finding capability, completes system components.

Reliability is critical

A General equipment user for over 10 years, Ron Zimmerman also owns a compact, portable J-1600 electric water jetter, brother to the JM-1450, for smaller jobs in 1 1/2- to 4-inch lines.

“I only use products I trust,” he says. “Almost all our equipment is General.” His ample arsenal also sports some of the most effective drain cleaning and inspection solutions available, including the popular Maxi-Rooter for long, tough jobs; the Mini-Rooter, a versatile, portable solution for unclogging lines from rooftop to basement; and the Super-Vee hand-held drain cleaner.

Reputation is vital

R&B offers a 30-day warranty on every drain cleaning job. They never advertise. And 100 percent of their business comes from Zimmerman’s ever-increasing list of happy customers.

“But I can’t give a warranty if I don’t do the job right,” he says. “And I can’t do the job right if I don’t have the right tools.”

That’s why Zimmerman built his business around drain cleaning and inspection equipment from General Pipe Cleaners. 

“General products enhance our professional image.” 

For more information on the Typhoon trailer jetter and the rest of General’s equipment line, contact the Drain Brains at General Pipe Cleaners at 800/245-6200 or visit


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