Great Bend Zoo Conquers an Epic Drain Cleaning Problem

Great Bend Zoo Conquers an Epic Drain Cleaning Problem

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AUSTIN, Tex, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Think you’ve had tough drain cleaning problems? The Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo of Great Bend, Kansas, faces a challenge beyond what most maintenance professionals could ever imagine in cleaning the drain lines beneath the facility’s large animal habitats.


“Many of our drain problems arose from the animals’ natural diets,” said Zoo Director Scott Gregory . “For example, black bears need a diet that’s rich in nuts, berries, and other ingredients you’d find in the wild. This healthy diet for the bears creates waste material that’s heavier and stickier than anything you’d find in a household drain.”

And whenever bulky, uneaten scraps – such as large pieces of fish – made their way into landscaping and pond drain openings, the problems only got worse.

A priority at the zoo is to keep the fresh water ponds’ drain lines free of debris so that clear, clean water can circulate for the comfort of the zoo’s tigers, lions, bears, and other large mammals. The ponds are a mainstay for the creatures to cool off in warm summer months, and visitors flock to the zoo to watch the animals play and rest in the clean water.  

Blocked drain lines stop the circulation of fresh water, which quickly becomes apparent to zoo staff and animals alike. This makes it a priority to clean the drains and restore water circulation right away.

“We used to call in an emergency rooter service, like you’d do at home,” said Gregory. “That would cost hundreds of dollars per service call.”

Looking for a solution to more quickly solve the recurring drain clogs, the staff discovered the Clog Hog drain cleaner in a magazine about DIY home repair. The Clog Hog drain cleaner is a sewer jetter attachment for gas and electric pressure washers that pulls itself deep into drain lines, scrubs away sticky debris on pipe walls, breaks apart clogs, and flushes out dirty residue. 

Zoo maintenance personnel use a residential sized Clog Hog sewer jetter – and the type of economical, gas-powered pressure washer that’s sold at most home improvement stores – the same as a homeowner would use to unclog a household drain.

“The surprising thing about this sewer jetter is that it pulls itself into the pipe and gets right to the clog,” said Gregory. “Our maintenance staff found that the Clog Hog could finish the job in less time than it takes to hire a rooter service.”

Gregory went on to say that recurring drain blockages are a problem for most zoos. “We’re glad to have a way to solve the problem ourselves, at the first sign of a clogged drain.”

About the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo

Founded in 1952, the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo is a prominent attraction of Great Bend, Kansas. Open 362 days a year, the zoo is dedicated to the conservation, preservation and rescue of animals and the education and entertainment of children and adults.

The zoo features a state-of-the-art raptor center with a rehabilitation facility and interpretive exhibits; an indoor aquarium with wide variety of aquatic wildlife on display; and outdoor animal habitats that are home to more than 100 mammals from all over the world.

About Clog Hog

The Clog Hog drain cleaner is a sewer jetter attachment for gas and electric pressure washers. The Clog Hog drain cleaner uses the power of your pressure washer to quickly pull itself deep into drains, scrub away layers of sludge on pipe walls, break apart nasty clogs, and flush out dirty residue.

The Clog Hog drain cleaner starts at $129 for a 100 foot model that works with most residential sized, gas-powered pressure washers. Visit to find more customer stories and reviews, download a free Sewer Jetter Guide, and purchase a Clog Hog drain cleaner online.

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