The ProTool Telescopic No-Twist Extension Pole

Most extension poles require a very tight twist in order to keep the telescopic sections from moving in and out. This puts a great deal of pressure on the collars. ProTool’s innovative No-Twist Extension Pole contains special gear mechanisms inside the pole that allow a light twisting motion to adjust the length and keep the pole from moving while in use. This pole is available in 8, 14, 20, 32, 39, 50 ft. Shop for the No-Twist Pole.

ProTool Extension Pole in use

Gutter Cleaning

Fall has run longer in many areas of the country than in previous years. This has lead to a longer gutter cleaning season as well. What is your tool of choice? A tool that has become more and more popular is the Gutter Vac. These vacuums have incredible suction and can handle leaves dry or wet and most roof sludge as well. There is some set up time and there is a cost to get going but one thing that cant be overlooked is safety.

Many times employees are getting on the roof and if the employee is not tied off they are in violation of OSHA requirements. OSHA fines can be steep but even more important is the injuries that can occur to a worker. A fall like this could seriously injure a person causing them to be off work for an extended period of time which is of no benefit to the employer or the employee.

Gutter vacs solve the problem of what to tie off to be safe. They allow a person to remain on the ground and reach heights up to 30′.


What Water Fed System is Best?

There are many choices out there when it comes to choosing a water fed filtration system. Adding to the confusion are different brands and several configurations.

There are two types of systems that are utilized by window cleaners-DI and RODI.

DI or DeIonized systems utilize resin beads to remove hardness from water. These units are the least expensive to purchase. They are best utilized by those window cleaners that have tap water that measures 100 parts per million hardness or less. The reason is that the resin will last the longest in these areas.

Another consideration for which system is right for me is how often you will utilize your system. DI only systems are great starter systems for those that will be using the system sporadically. I often recommend that a person start with a DI system and upgrade to an RO/DI only when they start to consume about 300 dollars a month in resin replacement. At this point it is more economical to consider the other option that being RO/DI.
RO/DI or Reverse Osmosis/DeIonized is best for frequent users of water fed cleaning. By adding a RO membrane in front of the DI membrane you will reduce how hard the DI resin has to work. Let’s consider a brief example. Let’s say that your hardness reading where you live is 200 parts per million as read on a TDS meter. If you were to utilize DI only the resin beads in the DI would do all the work and bring the water down to the desired below 10 ppm for spots free results on glass. However this resin an be thought of much like a sponge it will attract the hardness but will also reach a capacity where it can’t remove any more hardness from the water. At this point you will see a rise in TDS readings and will have to replace the resin.

Adding RO. A RO membrane is designed to filter 80 to 90 percent of the hardness out of the water. So generally it won’t bring the water down to desired levels but it acts as a wonderful pre filter so that the DI resin life can be extended. Again let’s consider the above example of TDS at 200. With an RO membrane that water would be brought down to at least 40 before going into to the DI resin thereby extending the life of the resin before needing to replace it. Now you might reason that you now have two filters to worry about as opposed to one. That is partially true but actually you will have three because you will always have a carbon filter in front of the RO as well to remove chlorine. However, most window cleaners are seeing an RO membrane last 4-5 years before replacement when properly maintained. So it’s benefits are clearly seen. In our above example by adding the RO we will extend the life of our DI 5 times.

The drawback is the initial investment. While DI systems can be rented or purchased for a few hundred dollars, RODI systems start near 1000 and can cost upwards of 5000 depending on features. However, often times if the operator is a frequent user its a pay me now or pay me later scenario. Less investment up front can often lead to more frequent purchasing of DI resin and that can add up over time. Whereas the initial investment can be high for RODI but the cost of DI replacement is lower.
To conclude the two biggest factors when considering a water fed filtration system is- how often am I going to use the system and how high is the tap water TDS where I will be using the system.

Water Fed System’s in the Winter

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Water Fed System’s in the Winter

For many window cleaners a fast approaching December means cold temperatures and the ceasing of water fed systems on buildings. There are several things that must be considered when retiring your system for the winter.

One common mistake is that contractors think they should drain the systems filters. On the surface this makes sense to avoid the expansion and possibly breakage of housings with freezing temperatures. However, the Reverse Osmosis (RO) membrane shouldn’t be allowed to dry out once it has had water run thru it and the membranes are wet. Doing so can actually ruin the filter and this filter being the most expensive it is worth not allowing the filter to dry out.

With systems that have a vertical RO housing this is a fairly simple task. Simply take the top cap off and keep the filter full of water. Adding a product like RO Protect will certainly help. And running water through the system is ideal.
If your system has a horizontal RO housing you should plan to run water through the filter at least once a month even during winter months for a period of 10-15 minutes. This will keep all of the membrane moist.

Whether vertical or horizontal, all systems need to be protected from freezing as this could cause damage to filters, housings and plumbing.

Also end of the season is the perfect time to replace your Carbon Filter. These should be replaced per the manufacturer directions. They protect the RO membrane from chlorine so if they start to loose their effectiveness chlorine can start to creep in to the RO membrane and start to cause serious damage. Comparing the two the carbon filter is much less expensive than the RO so keeping the Carbon fresh is a no brainer. End of season is a perfect time to replace your carbon filter as you will be ready for spring.

So to get the longevity that you desire out of your water fed system please be sure to follow these simple tips at the end of your water fed season.

Seen On the Job

New technology becomes available every year to make window cleaning faster and easier, but there are some tools that stand the test of time.

Seen on the streets of Bristol, were some of your fellow professionals using wood sectional ladders. It’s evident that they were built to last.

What you don’t see is a water-fed pole. The windows and panes are old, which means they may be more prone to leaking. These professionals knew that and opted to use traditional tools to protect the customer’s property.

Clean Faster with the H2Pro Truck Mount for Pure Water

H2Pro-Truck-Mount-wChem-SmThis H2Pro system offers 40 inches of RO Membrane!

  • 12v RO Boost Pump with fill detection to stop running the pump
    Carbon Filter, Two 20 in. RO Membranes, DI Resin Filter with replaceable/refillable media cartridges
  • 50-gallon RO buffer tank to support the operator cleaning the glass
    12v Delivery Pump and controller for cleaning the glass, Battery Box (battery not included)
  • Hose Reel with 200 ft. of 3/8 in. hose, On-board TDS Meter
  • Remote Key Fob that controls the water flow for Wash (low) and Rinse (high) water flow and on/off

An optional Chemical Delivery Tank allows you to add a shot of detergent to get windows clean faster.

Some glass and hard surface exteriors are difficult to clean with with pure water due to different residues on the glass.  Jet fuels, exhaust near highways, pollen, and others.  

This chemical delivery tank allows the user of a waterfed pole to run this auxilary pole hose up their pole, connect to the brush via a secondary set of jets and introduce soap or other surfactants to the surface.  With the press of a button the soap comes through the brush and turns off with another press of the button.  Pure water can be flowing through the brush at the same time and the soap is off during the rinse.

The H2Pro Chemical Delivery System by RHG Products features an 8 gallon holding tank, 12v battery powered delivery pump, 300′ of 5/16″ chemical delivery line and is controlled by a remote key fob.

These can be added to the H2Pro Tank System and Fill N Go tank systems at time of purchase, added by the owner of a Tank System after the fact, or purchased as a stand alone unit.

Don’t be dependent on the local water pressure. Always get exactly the water you need at the brush with the H2Pro Tank pure water filter and delivery system.

Buy the H2Pro System

Buy the H2Pro System plus Chemical Delivery Tank

Wing Social – Softwash Q & A Event – FREE

Softwashing on Shingle Roof
Softwashing on Shingle Roof

Join us for some finger lickin good hot wings and discuss Softwashing with us FOR FREE!

Many people have been seeing the buzz going around regarding roof cleaning and don’t know much about it.

Well this is the perfect time to get some info on how to do it, why to do it and how to sell it and whatever other questions you have.

All while eating hot wings with your fellow cleaners in the industry.

We hope you can make it to this FREE event hosted by J.Racenstein and Softwash Systems.

RSVP HERE Wing Social @ J.Racenstein

Wednesday Aug 6th 2014
5pm- 8pm
J.Racenstein CA Office
20925 Chico Street
Carson CA 90746