Cable Machine Blades and Attachments Guide

Posted by Venay Sehgal Bhatia on Sep 21, 2018 11:09:01 AM

To do a job right, you need the right tools. When it comes to cable machines, the appropriate blade type and proper application are essential to success. Before unclogging a drain, inspect both the blockage and the line to figure out which attachments will be best. The pipe diameter determines the cable size you should use, which end tools will work, and how the end tools attach.

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Topics: Problem-solving, Resources

Invoicing For Success

Posted by Venay Sehgal Bhatia on Sep 7, 2018 3:42:22 PM

Did you know the average small business waits 21 days to get paid? Or that the average small business has only 27 days worth of cash reserves on hand? These stats are jarring because cash flow problems can have major ramifications for your plumbing and drain cleaning business. Healthy cash flow is important to survival, and it requires more than the right amounts of money coming in and out; you have to take timing into account, too. Getting paid on time and in full is key to the success of your business.

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Topics: Business Series, The Drain Business

Have You Played The Drain Game Yet?

Posted by Venay Sehgal Bhatia on Aug 30, 2018 2:26:34 PM
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Topics: Resources, Quiz

The Art of Writing a Job Description

Posted by Katie Breeden on Aug 14, 2018 5:48:23 PM
Finding the words to describe a job isn’t easy. While there’s no way to include every little detail, it’s important to convey enough information for applicants to get a sense of a role’s requirements and responsibilities. Without a clear, easy-to-read job description, everyone ends of wasting time. You’ll end up sifting through unqualified applicants, and candidates waste time applying to a job they don’t understand.

According to a Wall Street Journal study, applicants only spend about a minute reading through a job description before deciding if it’s a good fit. So, how can you write a description that captures the important points quickly and clearly? Consider the job description to be a first impression.
  • Ensure that it has been edited and spell checked for grammar and punctuation—typos will come across as unprofessional.
  • Be descriptive, but brief. Bullet points can help break up the information concisely.
  • Take the perspective of your ideal applicant. Is it someone new to the field? Avoid jargon and terms that individuals entering the industry might not know yet.
  • Research the license and union membership requirements in your region.
  • Include a description of your company, details about how to apply and a deadline if applicable.

Looking for a few more pointers on how to put together a stellar job description for a drain cleaner or plumber? Download MyTana’s Job Description Template today:

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Topics: Pro Tip, Resources

Business Series: Budgeting for Plumbers and Drain Cleaners

Posted by Venay Sehgal Bhatia on Aug 9, 2018 4:50:39 PM

Eighty-two percent of all businesses fail because of poor money management. Given this number, ensuring effective money management should be a priority for any small business looking to thrive and succeed in today’s economic environment. And having a thought-out, well-written and executable budget is a necessary component of running a business that can withstand common financial roadblocks. Budgeting can help your business become financially sustainable by helping you:

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Topics: Business Series, The Drain Business

Is Your Hourly Rate Sustainable?

Posted by Venay Sehgal Bhatia on Jul 31, 2018 2:39:43 PM

As a small business owner, deciding your hourly rates is one of the most important tasks that you face. You have to look at your business in a holistic manner, balancing costs with profit, and calculate a number that can satisfy both.

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Topics: Resources, The Drain Business

Never Bored: Life as a Drain Tech

Posted by Allison Symonds on Jul 19, 2018 12:37:09 PM

When one of the largest malls in the world ran into trouble during an expansion, its team called in Keith Mittl. The $100-million project had come to a halt after developers became concerned about inconsistencies in their sewer plans, and they couldn’t move forward until they were confident of the system’s layout. Keith arrived, camera and equipment on hand, and he quickly identified major errors in the existing blueprints. The variations were so significant that many doubted his report, but Keith stood by his work. Upon further inspection, the mall’s developers confirmed that the sewer layout was indeed different than the available plans. Keith—and his MyTana equipment—were spot on.

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Topics: Customer Spotlight

Is Torque a Friend or Foe?

Posted by Katie Breeden on Jul 11, 2018 3:40:58 PM

What’s the most dangerous part of working a cable machine? Building up torque.

Merriam-Webster defines torque as “a turning or twisting force.” In a cable machine, this force is generated when the reel spins and cable is fed into the pipe, but an obstruction stops the rotation of the cutting blade. When this happens, the tension known as torque builds rapidly.

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MyTana: An American Equipment Company

Posted by Allison Symonds on Jul 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

“MyTana equipment is factory-direct and American made”: We write it on our catalogs, our website, our marketing. And while “Made in America” is an afterthought for many operations, at MyTana we’re proud that our story parallels that of so many American success stories—full of hard work, innovation and a dash of luck.

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Extending the Life of Your Equipment

Posted by Nicole Lygo on Jun 28, 2018 6:56:31 PM

Drain cleaning is a tough job, so you need equipment that works. Regular cleaning and maintenance is the key to ensuring your equipment is ready to go when you need it. But too often, drain cleaners and plumbers let busy schedules get the best of them, and before they know it, they have rusting, worn-out equipment that needs replacing or an expensive repair. Understanding common problems and learning how to prevent and address them can save you both time and money in the long run.

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Topics: Pro Tip

About MyTana

MyTana is a full-service manufacturer of drain cleaning and inspection equipment, including cable machines, drain jetters and plumber cameras. The company also offers cables, blades, nozzles and other accessories for plumbers and drain cleaners. By selling direct, MyTana is able to maintain competitive pricing while offering a high level of personalized service and support. MyTana equipment is factory-direct and American made.

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