You have some new jobs that might require a little extra from your WaterFed® system, and you know you need a pump, but what is your next step? This post gives you the information you need when it comes time to purchase a pump.
The biggest choice you’ll want to make is the type of power that is going to run your pump. The most common type of pump is AC powered (power from an outlet). This is going to give you the most options for a pump 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 and dependable power while in use. Another option for AC pumps is to use a generator for your power. This option is ideal for window cleaners working on buildings that are without an outside outlet. It has also been used as a business selling point, as it allows you to run completely independent from customers.
Another type of pump power is DC (battery-powered) pumps. Although there are not as many DC options for pumps, it can be a great relief for a window cleaner not to 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 flow 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 pumps. The other thing to consider is that you will need to be aware of the pump’s gas levels, 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 arrangement. 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 a high volume to begin with, excellent water pressure straight from the faucet, a pump will help get that volume up to the windows.
At this point, you are 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’s 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.