Clog Hog is an Austin, Texas-based manufacturer of pressure washer drain cleaners and accessories. Our company is self-funded and management-owned.
We're not just a business. We're also homeowners who hate getting shut out of our bathrooms, kitchen and laundry whenever there's a clogged sewer drain.
It's frustrating to wait around for a service call. And paying high service fees is no fun, either.
Renting a mechanical drain auger saves money but the project usually takes most of the day. It's a hassle to deal with the rental counter, wrangling the heavy cable into your pipes can give anyone sore arms and a backache, and dirty rented equipment always seems to smell up the vehicle and garage.
One of our founders used to work with the industrial design team that creates some of America's most powerful high-pressure pumps. He got the idea of cleaning out his clogged main drain by attaching a sewer jetter to a moderately priced, household pressure washer he'd bought at a local hardware store.
A sewer jetter is a slim, high-pressure hose with a jet cleaning nozzle on one end and an adapter on the other end that connects to a pump or a pressure washer. The founder bought the parts online and assembled the jetter in his garage.
That first sewer jetter quickly pulled itself far into the drain, scrubbed out an impressive amount of gunk as it traveled up the line, and completely cleared the clog in just a few minutes. There was no need to wrangle a heavy drain snake cable, and since a jetter has no moving mechanical parts it was easy to rinse clean with the pressure washer after the job. However, while cleaning the drain that sewer jetter caused the pressure washer to shudder and its unloader valve to pulse off and on in a harsh-sounding and potentially damaging way.
Since our personnel are experienced with hydraulics we checked pressures, flow rates and tolerances and performed the math to find out why that jetter caused so much strain on the pressure washer. We concluded that the geometry of that original high-pressure hose could not work reliably with any pressure washer, and the poor tolerances of that inexpensive, imported nozzle delivered far different performance than its maker had advertised.
We also found that one size doesn't fit all when it comes to sewer jetting. We'd have to match the performance of all components to work within the limits of each particular type of pressure washer.
We found that higher-quality components, carefully matched to each type of pressure washer, not only help safeguard the pressure washer's service life but can also make the most of each machine's performance to power the drain cleaner further, break apart more clogs, and flush out more debris.
So we worked to develop a range of sewer jetters that uses higher-quality components and is custom-fit for different types of pressure washers, and after testing many prototypes introduced the Clog Hog drain cleaner.