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I do clean out lots of small drains kits , lavs & tubs every month its a big part of my business..But i don't Carry in 100 ft of cable in the house to do the work...You will need a few machines..
Plan on spending more on maintenance for your small drain machine, than your sewer machine
I think if you had it in your head to start a drain cleaning business you should get a job at moto scooter, do the training (which will teach you some bad ways) but you would get your feet wet lol. And could decide if drain cleaning was for you. If you just are determined to start a business start a drain camera business lots of guys just do that only.
If you are really serious. Come up with a good business plan. also come up with a equipment list.There are guys and gals here that will help you. Figure out what equipment you will need. What kind of parts to stock etc.
The Bottom line still is machine does not make you a drain cleaner.
No Matter what Rick will say about the k-60. Drain cleaners still have to have more than 1 piece of equipment
Hi BIGGARY, We missed you these past few days.
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You can probably get hold of one of these things. They are pretty cheap, do a good job and best of all you won't have to worry about depreciation come tax time.
what i would recommend for a good starter package that should do 90-95% of what you will encounter in residential work.
a k-60sp with both 7/8'' sectional cable and 5/8'' cable
a k-39 with 5/16'' cable for the interior drains like tubs and 1.5'' showers. 2'' drain and removed traps, the 5/8'' or your 3/8'' drum will work fine.
figure about $2500 for new equipment and that will be a good start. along with the basic hand tools you probably already have as a g.c.
the biggest problem i see is that you don't have the plumbing skills or knowledge that is needed to safely and proficiently do drain cleaning. some as you know is pretty basic and some is much more than just running a cable down a drain.
start off with a small shop owner to learn the trade of drain cleaning. maybe 6 months to 1 year, you might have the basics, but it takes years to learn the skills that we need on a daily basis. having a good working knowledge of plumbing is always a real plus
What do you do when a cable is stuck or broken off in the drain? Cut your losses (literally leave the cable) and run? Then where would you be with your one piece of equipment down?
That hundred footer would probably be real useful in a septic tank too
Ever been snakebit?
Not having the plumbing or even drain cleaning background I imagine you won't have other plumbers to call for advice or help either.
I just don't think it's a good idea till you spend some time with an experienced guy who can teach you the ropes, this also would help you build relationships and have someone to fall back on if you need help.