Alright, so you have some new jobs that might require a little bit of something extra from your WaterFed® system and you know you need a pump, but what is your next step? This post will have some more information that will help you make a decision for whenever you are ready to purchase a pump.
The biggest choice you’ll want to decide upon is the type of power that is going to run for your pump. The most common type of pump is powered by AC power, or power from a wall outlet. This is going to give you the most selection of pumps when you are ready to purchase. When you are out on the job, all you need to have is a wall outlet to power your WaterFed® system. AC power gives the WaterFed® system consistent power while in use. Another option for AC pumps is to use a generator for your power. This option is ideal for window cleaners that are working on buildings that are without an outside outlet and has also been used as a business selling point, running completely sustainably from customers.
Another type of pump power is DC, or battery powered pumps. Although there are not as many options for this type of powered pump, it can be a great relief for a window cleaner to not have to rely on anyone’s power but their own. On the flip side, once your battery begins to lose its charge, the WaterFed® systems pump power will be affected.
The last type of pump power is gas. The Gas powered pump provides a lot of power and gives good results. There are, however, limited choices when it comes to gas powered pumps. The other thing to consider is that you will need to be aware the pump’s gas levels, fill it up, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep gas on hand.
Once you have decided on a pump that works best for you, you’ll want to figure out the best way to orient the pump into your system. One option is to put the pump before the system. This will pressurize the water going through the filters and give your water extra volume. It makes the process of filtering quicker and therefore produces more water to clean with. The other option is to put the pump after the system; it will pressurize the water vertically up the pole. This will help you to reach those higher-level windows. Another reason to orient the pump after the filtration is if you have great volume to begin with, great water pressure straight from the faucet, a pump will help get that volume up to the windows.
At this point, you are pretty well ready to work with your WaterFed® system and your pump. The last consideration is to stay aware of the pressure your system is creating as well as the pressure your system can handle. It is important to have a pressure gauge whenever you use your pump. The owner manual of the WaterFed® system will tell you the amount of pressure your system can handle.
After all these considerations, you are ready to begin using your WaterFed system in combination with your pump.