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Does the Enterprise Make Water Cleaner?

More and more window cleaners who are still cleaning with traditional methods (Ladders and Squeegees) are beginning to see the benefits of WaterFed® Poles in terms of time management—it can be up to 10X as fast! Perhaps you’re in that boat: envious of how quickly other people can clean windows, but shocked at the sticker price of WaterFed® Equipment.

Well, it’s true: while squeegees, washers, belts, buckets, etc. might cost you around $100 up front, that’s a mere drop in the bucket (pun intended) compared to WaterFed® where the most bare-bones kit will set you back about $450! And that’s only the beginning. Our nicest kit, the Enterprise, starts at over $6,000. Suddenly the time you might save seems less appealing. You might work 10X faster, but you’re spending 60X more!

…Or are you? The truth is that it’s actually a much better situation than that. For starters, the above scenario compares the most bare-bones traditional setup to the most advanced WaterFed® setup. In reality, you’ll be spending a lot more in the first situation on replacement rubber, washers, and other equipment that wears out over time. You’ll also need to invest in good ladders, chemicals, scrapers, scrubbers, and poles. You have a higher up-front cost than we first imagined, and you’ll also have to factor in week-to-week business expenses. After a few jobs, you’ve already spent more money on upkeep than you would on the most basic WaterFed® kit.

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If you invest in something like the Photon Kit, you’ll immediately get to see vast returns in terms of time. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can clean windows! Not only that, but you and your crew will be able to do all of your jobs standing on the ground which is not just faster, but also safer. It’s hard to go back when you’ve experienced WaterFed®.

The obvious question to ask, then, is if $450 can get you a kit, what on earth would be the benefit of spending so much more on something like the Phaser or the Enterprise? Many of our prospective customers imagine that perhaps a more expensive system makes cleaner water, because the added expense comes from adding more filters. Multi-stage filtration systems do not make water more pure, however; in order for WaterFed® systems to work at all, the water cannot have any impurities in it.

phaserThe reason it’s wise to invest in a multi-stage system is because your filters will last much longer, thus giving you more bang for your buck. The Photon Kit uses one filter to purify your water via deionization, which will basically cost you $0.95/gallon to run. You’ll be running about 5 gallons/minute, so it will cost about $286/hr to run. Though that’s a lot of money per hour, it’s a pretty good solution for you if you’re only using WaterFed® infrequently, on only one job here and there. When you move to something like the Phaser, you’ll spend twice as much up-front, but get this: your cost per gallon drops from $0.95 to just $0.02! You’ll be using .75 gallons/minute as opposed to 5, so your cost per hour drops to $1.03. That’s about what you were enterprisespending on just one gallon with the Photon! The Phaser is a great option for you if you’re cleaning windows by yourself and therefore only need one pole.

When you upgrade all the way to the Enterprise, our nicest system, you cut your cost per gallon all the way down to $0.01. It improves on the Phaser by being enclosed in a wheeled cart which makes it easier to move, and it also has a 1 hp electric motor. This motor gives greater pressure so that it cleans faster and supports longer hoses—up to 6 stories! You can also attach multiple poles at once, making it an optimal choice for a crew.

There are many options in between the Photon, Phaser, and Enterprise, which you can find on our website. As you can now tell, it’s not just a question of sticker price when it comes to WaterFed® window cleaning. There are a whole host of factors that should impact your decision, and if you need more help thinking through it all before you take the big plunge into the future of window cleaning, our sales team would love to help you out. Give us a call at 1-800-989-4003!

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Ben Makuh

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Comments

  1. Cort

    I have been considering giving the system a try but am always hesitant because it seems I still would have to either remove the screens with a ladder or spend the time entering the home two times to remove and replace them adding time and hassle with blinds removing shoes ect ect. How does it save time then. And what about the drop of water that may pick up some dirt from the top of the frame and run down leaving a trail of dirt. My next worry would be those clients that only have me out once or twice a year… Their windows often require scrapping or additional chemicals to clean. Most of the homes also have windows above the garage that would be impossible to reach with a pole so I would need to get to them the tratitional way anyway. Help me overcome these questions????? Help!

    1. Amy Lavin

      Hey Cort,
      We talked to our WF expert and this was his advice:

      You said: I have been considering giving the system a try but am always hesitant because it seems I still would have to either remove the screens with a ladder or spend the time entering the home two times to remove and replace them adding time and hassle with blinds removing shoes ect ect.

      Jeff Answer: You’re right. Sometimes a pure water cleaning doesn’t make sense, depending on the job you’re tasked with. However, When and where you can use it, it will give you just as good if not better results than hand cleaning. Your competitors already know this — that’s why pure water cleaning is the fastest growing segment of the professional window cleaning market. If it didn’t make sense at all, our industry would not have exponentially more systems and poles available today than 5 short years ago. If it didn’t work, word would spread and window cleaners across the country would abandon it. As an aside, I would also strongly recommend you not remove your shoes EVER on a job. A good pair of shoe covers is not only much more professional, it is safer.

      You said: How does it save time then. And what about the drop of water that may pick up some dirt from the top of the frame and run down leaving a trail of dirt.

      Jeff Answer: That’s all technique. The Waterfed (R) “learning curve. As your technique gets better, you will find that you don’t have that stray run of water. A good scrub and rinse of the frames along with the glass is only one way to eliminate what you’re talking about.

      You said: My next worry would be those clients that only have me out once or twice a year… Their windows often require scrapping or additional chemicals to clean.

      Jeff Answer: The great percentage of my residential clients are 1 – 2 trips per year. We use the waterfed (r) pole everywhere we can, with great results, even on the 1 – 2 times per year accounts. I’ve gotten amazing results on homes that haven’t been cleaned in 3,4 or even 5 years, never stepping on a ladder or touching a squeegee to the window. Another aside – scraping off shotgun fungus, bird droppings, etc. is and should be part of the regular maintenance cleaning. However, once “additional chemicals” are needed, (most likely hard water staining – right?) you aren’t talking about window cleaning — you’re talking about restorative operations that you should be charging extra for. Pure water will remove an amazing amount of, and types of dirt. It won’t work on hard water stains, shotgun fungus (usually) or typical construction dirt (paint, caulk, etc.) Whenever we come across gross amounts of any of these on a job, we politely explain to the client that removal of these types of soils will require an additional cost. It is part of the wording of our scope of service that all clients get with their estimate.

      You said: Most of the homes also have windows above the garage that would be impossible to reach with a pole so I would need to get to them the traditional way anyway.

      Jeff Answer: Are you referring to dormer windows? Again, once you actually COMMIT to changing the way your company operates, you will be astounded at the windows you can reach with a pole, safely and effectively.

      You said: Help me overcome these questions????? Help!”
      Jeff said: I hope my answers have helped you. If you would like to talk more about how pure water will change your company, please feel free to give me a call.

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