If I get a backpack setup and bring my own pure water how much water should I expect to lug around?? I know this might be hard to estimate but let’s say an average size house. How much water am I going to need?? Even a range would be helpful.
In other threads I’ve seen as much as 60 gallons needed for that size house, … I don’t know. I can’t imagine driving around with 60 gallons in my vehicle right now and am trying to get a grasp of how much is needed typically. I was hoping to accomplish everything with a DI tank for purification (contemplating rainwater collection) and bringing pure water with me.
Is it reasonable to think I could get started with pure water cleaning this way??
I do not have a back pack, but when I was first starting with a 125 gallon tank on board, I kept records of window count verses gallons used.
Over several weeks I refilled about 500 gallons in my tank and had a 1,500 window count cleaned. Most were residential a mix of single crank outs and double hungs.
So I used about 1/3 of a gal per window.
If I look at a large job now I know that if has more than 300 average windows then I may have to come back the 2nd day to refill my tank.
I can be stingy with my water and get more done. I would if using a back pack method.
Start washing the top of the window then click the aqua adapter off and use the water flowing down the glass for a good scrub. Then click the water back on for a very brief and fast second scrub and then a thorough rinse.
The house below has 35 windows and we cleaned it again last week, it had only been about 4 months so they were not real bad with dirt.
I used 10 gallons and I did not shut it off until I had to walk the the next window group or adjust the pole height.
Hope this helps.
Have you thought about harvesting rain water? All you need is a 24ft window washing pole, a manuel backpack sprayer, 3 six gallon Jerry cans and a WFP hose and brush. You could get started, the WAGA way, for around $300-$400.
Yes I’m certainly thinking about collecting rainwater especially to circumvent buying an RO system which I simply cannot afford right now(and we have hard water here). We tend to get a lot of rain in the spring, … plus I actually think it would be kinda fun. Of course I’m one of those DIY guys so I like projects like that. Really informative info here guys. You all are great.
Mike- Are you saying I could get started with WFP cleaning for $300-400 including all equipment?? I am hoping to get started for less than $600 if possible. Wouldn’t I need a DI tank as well?? Those seem to run about $220ish. I’ll need to put together a list and prices to start the exercise of pricing this new type of cleaning. Thanks again.
If I were using the backpack method, then I would do the lower glass that’s easy to reach traditional. But since I carry my own 125 gal tank on board I use all pure water, even though the lower is quicker traditional by a bit, I still like not leaving soap residue behind.
In my area, I am the only one with a WFP and it is a new thing that I’m selling my customer on, so I tend to use it for all the exterior when practical.
Thanks Larry & Mike for the kind words about my post. I take photos of my new residential customers and send them a thank you card with the pic of their house. I have had a lot of kind feedback from them as well.
I usually send it over sized 8" X 11" it cost me about $6, but I feel it sets me apart and hopefully remembered for repeat sales.