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Water Fed Pole FAQ
Water Fed Poles traditionally use purified water along with a cleaning tool or attachment to wash windows, buildings, and other hard to reach surfaces. Traditional window cleaning usually includes the use of ladders, squeegees, some sort of chemical or eco-friendly solution and cloths for wiping. It’s a tedious job that requires a lot of physical efforts and the time to get it done may stretch from a few hours to a couple of days depending on the size of the job.
On the other hand, Water Fed Pole Window Cleaning doesn’t require all these old-fashioned techniques and equipment. And it actually reduces the time to get the same or even better results. It has its own limitations, though. Here’s a brief comparison of the highlights and downsides of using water fed poles.
- Water fed pole cleaning is time saving, easier, and safer than traditional methods
- The results last longer
- Eco-friendly technique
- Reach and wash cleaning may not have the desired effect if not done properly
What Length Pole do you need?
Extendable water fed poles with brushes on the end are available in many different sizes and brush styles. Each set-up is designed to clean specific areas. Seasoned operators will have several poles of various lengths with and several different brush-bristle types.
For instance, small poles from 4 ft. to 18 ft. long are designed for cleaning first floor work. Whereas a 28ft pole will do the 2nd and 3rd floor of most residences. Although you do need to watch for slopes and walk out basements which can add to the length needed to reach the area to be cleaned.
For even further length, we offer water fed poles up to 60 feet in reach. In most cases, poles 45 feet and up will reach the fourth, fifth, and even six story of most structures.
What are the Different Pole Materials?
- Aluminum Poles are cheap, but are often heavy and will give you issues with flex above two stories or so. This type of pole is most commonly used in traditional window cleaning.
- Fiberglass Poles are usually more expensive than aluminum, but they provide a lightweight, durable, and reliable way to easily and safely clean windows, commercial and residential exteriors.
- Hybrid Poles are made from “hybrid” materials, featuring a mixture of fiberglass and carbon fiber materials. Hybrid water fed poles offers less weight and flex than pure fiber glass, but they are less of a financial commitment.
- Carbon Fiber Poles offer the highest quality materials in the water fed pole market. Carbon fiber poles allow you to reach incredibly high, with significantly more flex control.
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Pure Water Power
Pure water when used correctly is a natural cleaner that dries without leaving any residue. When used along with Water-Fed Poles and scrubbing brushes, pure water systems are extremely powerful cleaners. Pure water works by collecting dirt, grime, and other impurities, dislodged by your water-fed pole . Once the purified water has accumulated the dirt, all the impurities on the window are washed away, and then the surface dries streak-free.
- Pure Water is created by removing sediments and total dissolved solids (TDS) from the water
- Involves a chemical and electrical process
- Allows for a spot free rinse
What does RODI Stand for?
Pure Water Power RODI purification systems utilize the highest ultra flow technology, (RO) reverse osmosis membranes on the market. (DI) stands for "Deionized", which is the final filtration process in the pure water purification system. The single RO version allows you to operate a single pole up to 50 ft. and the dual RO version allows you to operate a single pole beyond 50 ft. or operate two poles up to 50 ft. The dual RO system produces twice the water flow, thus allowing you to work in lower than normal incoming pressure locations.
- RODI water is reverse osmosis deionized water which provides streak free cleaning and does not require squeegees, reducing time and effort
- Single RO allows you to operate a single pole up to 50 ft.
- Dual RO allows for poles beyond 50ft. or two poles up to 50 ft.
The Pure Water Power 4-stage cart allows for a spot free rinse using only regular tap pressure up to 50 ft. high. This system is configured for optimum pure water cleaning and uses four types of filtration for the best and most economical total filtration possible.
- Stage 1: From the incoming water is a sediment filter which removes rust, and large solids
- Stage 2: The carbon filter removes the chlorine
- Stage 3: The reverse osmosis (RO) removes up to 98% of the total dissolved solids (TDS)
- Stage 4: De-Ionized (DI) filters bring the TDS level down to zero giving you 100% pure water for cleaning
Learn More About the Complete 4-Stage RODI Process and Filter Maintenance
Every 5000 gallons of feed water run through the machine or every other DI filter change. Carbon must be changed at least once every six months regardless of usage or RO membrane can fail prematurely.
- Replace the 5 Micron sediment filter
- Replace the Carbon block filter
DI Resin Filter
The life expectancy of the DI resin cartridge is based on the TDS level of the RO water going into
it. The RO will remove 98% of the TDS from the feed water. Example: The feed water supply
from a garden hose at your job site has a TDS of 300 ppm. The RO will remove 98%, so the
water going into the DI resin cartridge will be at 6 ppm. (2% of 300 ppm) The TDS levels of the
feed supply water can vary at each job site due to the water coming from different sources. The
chart below will give you an estimated life based on an average of the supply water.
The supply water temperature will affect the pure water production rate from the RO. This will
affect the estimated reading for DI cartridge replacement as well. Test the water daily to
determine when a change in water quality has occurred and use that to determine when the
cartridge needs to be replaced.
The life expectancy of the RO membrane is 5 to 6 years as long as you change your pre filters
especially the Carbon filter. Your Carbon Filter needs to be changed at least once every 6
months no matter how many times you operate this system. Failure to comply with changing
your carbon filter can and will result in early RO membrane failure. The reason for this is the
carbon filter self depletes and if it fails to remove the chlorine than the RO will be ruined