How much does a system cost?
It is not our aim to sell you a particular system. There is no doubt about it, water fed pole systems can be expensive. Let’s face it though, most trades involve the purchase of at least some expensive equipment. Window cleaning has always been about as low overhead as you can get when it comes to setting up in business and so maybe we have been spoiled a little. You could be set up with a professional system for less than you may think. Check through the list of suppliers on this site and shop around for the best deals. To some extent, you get what you pay for, but remember, the aim is quite simple: to produce extremely pure water and pump it up the pole to the brush.
When buying from a supplier, ask what after sales care is provided to help you evaluate where your money is best spent. Some choose to go the DIY water fed pole system route, buying a water filtration system, a leisure battery a 60 or 100 PSI water pump and convert a sack barrow into a trolley system. For those that have the time and ingenuity to do so, this could work out even cheaper. It is quite possible however, that if you spent the same amount of time cleaning windows and earning money, as the time finding the water fed pole parts and welding the water tank cage, you probably wouldn’t be that much better off all said.
If you are hard pushed to find the money all at once, then consider leasing the equipment to spread the payments or taking out a small business loan. Once up and running you will likely find that you get through more work and so the system will soon pay for itself.
There are certain running costs and these will depend on the kind of system you use and what area you live in. If you live in an area where the water is very hard, then you will consume more DI resin than if you live in a soft water area. If you are on a meter then your water bills will increase slightly. RO units also require the filter membranes to be replaced from time to time. Ask your supplier to give you details of runnning costs involved for each system.
Do I need a van?
Van mount waterfed pole systems are a popular choice, but not the only option. As well as trolley systems which are small enough to be put in the back of most cars, there is also the wfp trailer system which requires only a trailer and tow bar. Backpacks are a great way of starting off and are well suited to domestic work. It is not really a good idea to wear them on your back for very long, especially if you are leaning back slightly looking upwards as you work but often they are mounted on an aluminium shopping trolley making a great alternative to a heavier sack truck based trolley system.
The pure water for the trolley system is often stored in barrels. The usual size of these water containers is 20 -25 litres. This would typically last about half an hour depending on the flow rate used.
If you don’t want to go the expense of purchasing a van, you can still likely operate a wfp trolley system transported in your car.