Getting into WaterFed® cleaning can be one of the best things for your business. But, when you are just starting out, it can be confusing with how many choices there are! This guide explains the basics of Water-Fed Carts (sometimes called Water Carts or Pure Water Systems) so that you can make the best decision for your company. Not sure what WaterFed® is? First read this introduction that answers the question "what is a water fed pole system?"

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Why do I need Pure Water?

Have you ever washed your car and let it air dry? Once all of the water is evaporated, you end up with spots all over. That’s because the water evaporated, but the minerals that were in the water got left behind. Same thing with window cleaning. If you use tap water with your WaterFed® Pole, you’ll end up with spotty windows. With a WaterFed® Cart, you’ll remove all of the dissolved solids from the water, leaving it to dry spot free!



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DI Only vs High Efficiency Multi-Filtration Water Fed Pole Systems

Once you’ve decided to get into pure water window cleaning, you're going to want to find the best water fed pole system for your needs. Your most important decision is whether to get a DI Only or High Efficiency Multi-Filtration system. Either will get your water clean and allow you to do WaterFed® cleaning, but these water fed pole systems do have some important differences.

DI Only systems use one kind of filtration, Deionization Resin. This resin will get you to 0 TDS (Total Dissolved Solids). Some DI Only systems use several DI filters in a series, but they still only use one kind of filtration. These systems are very easy to use.

High Efficiency Multi-Filtration Systems use a series of different types of filters to purify your water. They start with a Carbon Sediment Filter, go through a Reverse Osmosis Membrane (this is the workhorse of these systems), and finish with a DI filter. The earlier filters prolong the life of your DI filter and make your cart far less expensive to operate in the long run. These systems are sometimes referred to as Multi-Stage or RO/DI. There is a bit more of a learning curve with these systems than with the DI Only (don’t worry, Triple Crown Systems come with written and video quickstart guides!).

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Though either will get you to pure water, the operating cost difference between them is enormous. Think about cars with low MPG vs high MPG or think about inkjet printers vs laser printers in terms of cost to operate. You need to decide whether low upfront cost or operating cost is more important to you.


Consider how you are going to transport the system. Systems come in all shapes and sizes. Smaller ones usually have a handle for carrying and larger ones come on a cart with wheels. Figure out which one you prefer and make sure that the best portable water fed pole system alo has to fit in your vehicle.


If you want the best water fed pole system but aren’t ready to dive into a high end version right out of the gate, consider getting a system that offers upgrade options. There’s nothing worse than getting a system that you have to completely replace down the line! Several systems such as the SG1, NXT, and IPC HydroCart have base models that you can add-on to.

Pump or No Pump

You can add a pump to nearly any system. For convenience some systems have a built in way to add a pump (see upgradability above) or already have a pump included. In most cases pumps are optional, but something you’ll probably want at some point.

You'll need a pump if:

  • You need to do high windows with a multi-filtration system.
  • Your water pressure is poor.

You'll want a pump if:

  • You want to work faster.

Comparing The Most Important Factors

 DI Only SystemsHigh Efficiency Multi-FiltrationMulti-Filtration With Pump
Cost to Operate $$$ $ $
Initial Cost $ $$ $$$
Ideal Usage Less Than 2 Hours Per Week 2 Hours Or More Per Week 2 Hours Or More Per Week
Flow High Low Medium to High
Window Height 1-6 Stories 1-3 Stories 1-6 Stories
Learning Curve Low Moderate Moderate

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So, Do Water Fed Pole Systems Work?

Yes, yes, and yes! We just want to make sure that it's clear by now that this method of window cleaning is a great option as a service offering. You will be able to clean harder-to-reach windows with a lot more ease, and that will lead to satisfied clients.

As long as you properly maintain your system, it will give you plenty of streak-free windows.

WaterFed® Pole Systems are a great tool in the arsenal of any pro because they are able to reach up to around 90ft without complicated setups. Plus, they save time without having to go through the setup of ladders or lifts (not to mention saving on rental fees, if you don’t have the equipment). Once you start out on the water fed route, you’re going to wonder how you ever did it before.

Understanding the Maintenance of Your WaterFed Cart

When choosing a WaterFed Cart, it's not just about the initial purchase. It's also crucial to understand the maintenance that your chosen system will require. Regular maintenance ensures the longevity of your equipment and the consistency of its performance.

For instance, the filters in your WaterFed Cart will need to be replaced periodically. The frequency of replacement depends on the type of system you choose. DI Only systems, for instance, rely solely on Deionization Resin, which may need to be replaced more frequently than the filters in a High Efficiency Multi-Filtration system.

Additionally, if your system includes a pump, you'll need to consider the maintenance requirements of this component as well. Regular checks for leaks, ensuring the pump is clean, and replacing worn-out parts are all part of maintaining a pump.

The Environmental Impact of Your WaterFed Cart

In today's world, it's more important than ever to consider the environmental impact of our choices. When choosing a WaterFed Cart, consider the sustainability of the system.

High Efficiency Multi-Filtration systems, for example, are designed to prolong the life of your DI filter, making your cart less expensive to operate in the long run. This not only saves you money but also reduces waste, as filters need to be replaced less frequently.

Furthermore, WaterFed cleaning methods use pure water without the need for chemical cleaning solutions. This makes it a more environmentally friendly option compared to traditional window cleaning methods that often rely on chemical detergents.

Remember, when you choose abc Window Cleaning, you're not just choosing a service. You're choosing a commitment to quality, efficiency, and environmental responsibility.

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If you want to get into WaterFed® cleaning, but still aren’t sure which route to go, please get in touch with us. The right system will grow with you and take your business to the next level.