The Future of Plumbing and Drain Cleaning

Posted by Katie Breeden on Oct 9, 2018 11:57:20 AM

The young people aging into the workforce are causing quite a stir. Commentators love to write off Generation Y, or millennials, (born approximately 1980 through the mid-1990s) and Generation Z (born roughly between 1996 and 2013) as unreliable and lazy. But while there are a few bad apples in any group, it’s not a label that should be applied to entire generations.

These traits can be found in people from every generation! Millennials' length of time at a job is no shorter than Gen X-ers when they were entering the workforce, according to a Pew Research study. The tendency to "job-hop" is not a problem with the people born during a certain decade: it’s an age-group flaw. But it is true that these up-and-coming generations are changing the workforce. For the trade industry, these changes can be jarring.

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How to Winterize Your Jetter

Posted by MyTana on Oct 2, 2018 1:51:06 PM

How you care for your equipment changes throughout the year. Your equipment faces a range of weather conditions, from blazing sun to subzero temperatures. Depending on where you live, you might even see both of these extremes within a calendar year! As the Northern Hemisphere heads into autumn, it’s time to start preparing for cold weather conditions.

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Topics: Jetter, Resources

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 role 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.
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Topics: Pro Tip, Resources

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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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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