General Pipe Cleaners celebrates 85 years

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Since 1930, plumbing and drain cleaning contractors have trusted General Pipe Cleaners for their “Toughest Tools Down The Line”.

That’s because reliability and innovation forged General’s reputation for generations of customers.

For the better part of a century, this third-generation, family-owned business has been based right here in the USA.  We are continually introducing innovative new products – like the ClogChopper® cutter and easy-to-use Hot Spot® pipe locator.  And these join our trusted industry standards – like the long lasting Super-Vee®, best selling Speedrooter 92® and Easy Rooter™, and unique Kinetic Water Ram™ drain cleaners.

But it all started with yesterday’s breakthroughs – like Flexicore® cable, a radical design first introduced in the 1940’s.  With its patented process of wrapping spring wire around a braided wire rope core, General’s invention surpassed all competitive products – remaining the standard for drain cleaning snakes ever since.

Automatic cable feeds followed, offering operators enhanced productivity and profitability.  And later Jet-Set® water jets – with Vibra-Pulse® for greater nozzle thrust around tight bends and down long lines – gave professionals vital weapons against grease, sediment, ice and other soft blockages.

Twenty-first century technologies let professionals see and diagnose blockages, before actually clearing clogs.  Gen-Eye® video inspection systems pioneered Digital Locators – like today’s super-easy Hot Spot® – for precise problem spotting.  And Gen-Ear® introduced easier and more economical water leak location.

Today, General boasts a full line of advanced drain cleaning products – including reliable sewer and drain cleaners, water and trailer jets, video inspection systems, water leak locators, pipe freeze kits, pipe thawing machines, copper and plastic tubing cutters, and more!


For more information, contact the Drain Brains® at General at 800-245-6200 or 412-771-6300, or visit

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