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roto rooter local history and about the company

Roto-Rooter in Sioux Falls and Brookings provides full-service sewer and drain cleaning services. We are the original rooter service. We're the best at what we do because that's all we do.  Drain clogs of any size or complexity. 

In 1933, Samuel Blanc created a funny-looking sewer cleaning machine from a 1/6 HP Maytag washing machine motor, roller skate wheels and 3/8 inch cable to turn the blades. Crazy, right?!  The device used a combination of special blades or "knives" to cut tree roots out of sewer lines. No digging was required. A year later, Sam's wife Lettie christened the prototype the "Roto-Rooter."

Jack and Mary Cozad brought the Roto-Rooter franchise to Sioux Falls in 1960. They raised their family here and their son Jerry Cozad, took over in 1997 to continue the local, family business. Roto-Rooter is the premier provider of sewer and drain cleaning services in the Sioux Empire Area.


In 2021, Jerry made the decision to expand into Brookings where Roto-Rooter continues to provide exceptional service to their community and surrounding area.

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