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How to start & run a drain cleaning business

Updated April 17, 2017

One thing about drains is that sooner or later you can be sure they will get clogged. Running a drain cleaning business can be dirty work, but also quite profitable as people will often turn to experts to get the job done. A good drain cleaning business will service residential, commercial, and industrial areas and unclog all types of drains including toilets, laundry drains, sewer lines, kitchens, bathrooms, pools and floor drains

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  1. Get experience in all aspects of the drain cleaning business by working for a plumber or drain cleaning company.

  2. Ask which licenses, permits and registrations you will need in order to run your business in your area. Be thorough, so you won't have to worry about it later when your business is in operation.

  3. Create your business plan. This will guide you through the early stages of your business and help keep you on track.

  4. Promote your business. Have business cards and flyers printed and distribute them in your geographical area. Create a website and list your services, experience, and any testimonials you might have. Consider subcontracting for plumbers to get new clients fast.

  5. Tip

    Be honest in your assessments to build your reputation. Offer emergency services after hours. Invest in cloth pullovers for your boots and wear them in people's homes. Consider displaying your business name and contact information on your vehicle.

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Things You'll Need

  • Vehicle
  • Drain cleaning machine
  • Camera system
  • Rubber gloves
  • Rubber boots
  • Cell phone or pager

About the Author

Ken McCarron has been a freelance writer for five years. He has written online articles too numerous to mention. He has also written copy for websites, direct mail, sales letters, new releases, brochures and ads.

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