One of our many advantages at Clear Horizons is our purified water system. We use this system combined with a carbon fiber water-fed pole to add a very important weapon to our arsenal. Many people are intrigued with the setup that produces the pure water and how it works to produce a clean finish with no water spots on the glass. What better way to break in our blogging system than by teaching you about our filtration system?
We have seen countless windows that have been plagued with buildup by naive homeowners who sprays windows off with the hose. This may seem like a good idea, but the minerals coming from the tap are not good to let dry on glass. This leads to water spots which are simply old minerals on the surface of your windows. Depending on how long the deposits have been there they can be a real pain to get off. Different locations have harder water than others. For example, in Tucson, Arizona we have differing hard water minerals and contaminants across our city! There is a simple way to check how hard your water is – a TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) meter. These devices are very simple; merely fill up the cap with the water you want to test and insert the probe with the device on. The typical ranges we get in Tucson are between 600-800.
In order to clean windows without leaving any water spots you must have your TDS less than 5. Ideally you would want it at 0 but not every situation is the same. So what steps must you take to lower your TDS levels? There are a couple of ways to filter your water; the two biggest factors involve budget and longevity. Some people use a de-ionizer to achieve low TDS readings. This may be a cheaper process in the beginning, but you will blow through your resin very quickly. On the other hand, if you invest in a more expensive system, it will last for a longer time. The best way is to filter through a reverse osmosis system– which will do 90% of the work– and then finally through a de-ionizer ridding the rest of the minerals. In sum, the resin in the de-ionizer will not be doing as much work and will last longer.
There are different products depending on your needs. Here at Clear Horizons we are equipped with filters that can produce up to 2500 gallons a day of PURE water. This may seem to be overkill, but there are other uses for this water rather than just window cleaning. We also offer a solar panel cleaning service. Although typical homes will not require this much water, keep in mind we service some large solar grids in Southern Arizona. We are able to clean these structures providing we perform preventive maintenance on a routine basis to the filters.
Hopefully this was a good introduction into pure water and our capabilities. Thanks for reading, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask! You can contact us by emailing me HERE.