Creating A Great Construction Environment

About a year ago, I realized that there were a few things that I needed to do around the house to make my place feel more like a home. For starters, I knew that I needed to replace the carpet, since it was damaged from years of use. Unfortunately, I knew that I didn't have the skills to take care of things on my own, so I turned to a team of professional contractors. They were incredible to work with, and even taught me how to create a great construction environment for my team. After the project was done, I knew that I wanted to make a blog about creating a positive construction environment.

Inspection and Maintenance for Air Compressors in Hazardous Areas

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Air compressors are sensitive systems requiring a specific level of air filtering. Unfortunately, the air filtration system itself is fairly sensitive, and can be ruined if not protected. Sandy areas, high humidity, or lots of debris in the area could wreck an air compressor worth thousands of dollars in a matter of hours, but it's not difficult to secure an area for clean operation. To make your air compressor last the longest amount of time, consider a few inspection, maintenance, and area preparation concerns that could mean the difference between a failing filter or years of great service.

Rain and Humidity Dangers

If you live in an area that has a lot of rain or humid days, you'll need to perform maintenance more often on your air compressor. From clogs to rust to lower capacity, there's a lot that could go wrong.

Humidity is one of the most common problems because its effects can sneak up on an air compressor owner. If you assume that your area is clean and that you only need to clean the filter every few weeks, you may be ignoring the problem of wet debris making clogs even worse.

Dust settles on surfaces in different ways. Tables, chairs, and other exposed surfaces may accumulate dust slowly, since wind and passing air allows the surfaces to stay dry and sweep off a bit of dust better than enclosed spaces.

Even if your air filter compartment isn't exactly enclosed, many filter systems feature a protection area to prevent physical damage. Moisture from humidity can collect faster in the filter area, causing dust to stick at a much faster rate.

When you use a filter that has a lot of wet debris, the air filter has to work harder to bring in air at a constant rate. The air compressor's intake motor can eventually burn out, leaving you with a broken air compressor that is hard to break.

With a new air compressor, check it daily to find out how long it takes to accumulate debris. For humid areas, be sure to store the air compressor in a room with low humidity. Consider getting a closet with a dehumidifier--maybe even a High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance (HEPA) filter to reduce the humidity in that area.

Making Outdoor Work Safer for Air Compressors

Many air compressors have to go outside. Automotive work, inflation in outdoors jobs, or construction sites have a lot of outdoor debris that can damage the air compressor, but the job still has to be done. 

Do your best to place the air compressor on a raised surface such as a board or the bed of a truck. If you absolutely must put the air compressor down in a wet field, try to make sure that the filter isn't pointing down as best as you can.

If using the air compressor in a rainy emergency, shield the filter area yourself and work quickly. Although a little rain won't destroy the filter system, continued exposure can still block the system and eventually break the air compressor. The bigger problem is trying to use the air compressor the next day without cleaning the filter or clearing the air compressor of water; the same wet debris clogging problem occurs, so make sure to clean and dry the air compressor.

Contact an air compressor professional like Air Chief Inc for models that may be better for the outdoors or your unique situation, along with specific maintenance tips.

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24 June 2015