If your company makes use of air compressors, condensate management is critical for several reasons. Contaminate buildup like oxides, water and small particles can cause serious internal damage and premature wear. They can create clogging and rust. It is also important that this contaminated condensate is disposed of properly. This is not just important for the environment but it keeps your organization within EPA guidelines.
There is a lot to know about condensate management but here are our 8 top tips.
- Compressors need a consistent supply of dry air. Moisture is an enemy to the performance and lifespan of your compressors. You can improve that performance and the service life of your equipment by making sure they are in a dry air environment.
- Temperature greatly affects the amount of condensate produced. The warmer it is where your compressors are located the more condensate will be produced. If you have a choice, locate your compressors in a cool, dry area.
- Make sure the pipe from the main header is sloped properly. Properly pitching this pipe will allow condensate to better collect at the low point. This slope should be about 1” for every 10 feet of pipe.
- Make sure you can test to ensure drains are working properly. This can be accomplished several ways. Installing a valve ahead of the condensation drains is one. Not using solid pipe is another.
- Make use of drip legs. Place drip legs at low points of the air line and in places where the piping may be entering a building from outside. Drip legs will help collect condensation from air lines.
- Do your research on drains. There are multiple styles of drains available to remove condensate from compressor systems and they all have their own issues. Do your homework determining the positives and negatives of manual drains, timer drains, float operated drains, and electric sensor drains.
- Take the air from appropriate place. To keep moisture out of the equipment making use of the compressed air, take air from the top of air pipes.
- Handle compressor condensate responsibly. The only way to handle compressor condensate in the past was to pay a waste management company expensive fees to dispose of it. Today there are products that can help you take care of it on site.
At Clean Resources, our CRP units have been helping keep compressor rooms EPA compliant since 1997. Our improved alumina silicate substrate media bed repels water and attracts and locks in lubricant and contaminates. It is so effective in binding the contaminants that the used media bed can be disposed of with normal waste disposal and the remaining water is clean enough to go down the drain. To learn more about our CRP-Paks, contact Clean Resources today!