Four Generations of Plumbers Forge a Reputation

What's the key to a successful business? Comerford Plumbing says it all comes down to choosing the right tool.

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Four Generations of Plumbers Forge a Reputation
Fourth generation business owner John Comerford Jr. hold his General Pipe Cleaners Super-Vee hand-held drain cleaning machine.

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Plumbing runs in John Comerford Jr.’s blood. His grandfather and father were plumbers. So were two brothers. Now one of his sons is, too.

“Our name is on our businesses,” Comerford says. “No one in my family has disgraced it yet — and I’m not going to be the first.”

Since 1978, Comerford Plumbing has forged a reputation for the highest standards of professional service at reasonable rates in the suburbs west of Cleveland. “We concentrate on basic residential work — drain cleaning and faucet fixing,” he says. “Bathrooms and kitchens have kept me very busy for three decades.”

The key to success, he claims, is simple: “Don’t do anything you wouldn’t do in your own home — and choose the right tools for the job.”

That’s why four generations of Comerford plumbing professionals have trusted tough, reliable drain cleaners from General Pipe Cleaners.

30 years of reliability
“My father used a Handylectric, and I started with a used Super-Vee — also from my dad,” Comerford says. “As the commercial says, ‘don’t leave home without it.’”

In fact, Comerford has owned four Super-Vee power drain cleaners since 1978.

The hand-held Super-Vee easily unclogs sink, shower, toilet and laundry drainlines up to 3 inches in diameter. With a dependable motor, durable aluminum drum, and tough Flexicore cable, Super-Vee withstands the most demanding small line jobs — and keeps working.

General’s heavy-duty Flexicore cable offers superior kinking resistance and unequalled strength with the right amount of flexibility. It’s so tough that it carries the best warranty in the business — one-year protection against breakage.

“None of my Super-Vees ever went bad,” he says. “The motors never wore out. They just got kind of beat up from all the abuse I put them through. And I thought I deserved nice, clean new ones.”

Keep on truckin’
Replacement never stopped any of Comerford’s older Super-Vees from working, either. “I simply gave one to my son — and sold another to a plumber friend of mine,” he says.

The Super-Vee automatically adjusts to 1/4- to 3/8-inch diameter cable — no special tools or parts required. A slide-action chuck built into the front grip shield also engages and releases the cable with a quick push or pull — even while cable is rotating.

“I prefer the hands-on feel of Super-Vee,” Comerford says. “You just push in a little at a time, then lock-in the cable when you really need it.”

Easy cleaning & dependable service
Convenient, quick-change cartridges of General’s Super-Vee also make messy cable switching clean and easy.

“It works great,” Comerford says. “I easily use it five or six times a week — maybe even more.”

He even uses it preventively. “On new sinks, I’ll snake the drains with my Super-Vee just to make sure they’re clear of debris and everything’s working well.”

Comerford also says he’s retrieved some pretty surprising things with his Super-Vee.

“Drain cleaning can be pretty messy, and you expect to see some nasty stuff,” he says. “But imagine my surprise when my Super-Vee once snaked a Batman toy from a line. I still don’t know how I did it.

“The Super-Vee is very easy to use,” Comerford continues. “It’s well worth the money, and I tell everybody that it’s my preferred tool for small-line jobs.”

For more information, contact the Drain Brains at General Pipe Cleaners at 800/245-6200, or visit


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