How to Plumb an Air Compressor Pump

What You'll Need
Tape measure
Pipe wrenches
Torpedo level
Pipe and fittings
Hangers for pipes
Pipe joint compound

An air compressor pump is an important tool for many industries, and its uses are different depending on the project. There are 2 major types of air compressor pumps: oil-less and oil-lubed. The former is more expensive than the latter, and is also quite noisy and does not last long. But what is good about the oil-less system is that the quality of air that is delivered is far better than that of the oil-lubed system. Regardless of the type of the air compressor pump you use, any unit will generate water whenever air is compressed. So the next important thing is to determine how to plumb your air compressor pump. Here are the steps on how to accomplish this.

Step 1 – Positioning of the Pump and Identification of the Necessary Measurements

Make a working plan by identifying first where you want to station your pump. From this position, measure the pipes and the fittings needed until you reach the draining area. A standard pipe is 10 feet long, so you can base the number of pipes needed on this measurement. Also, include in your plan shut off valves and outlets. Each outlet pipe should be equipped with 1 drain valve, about 6 inches below your working outlet.

Step 2 – Installation of a Union at the Compressor Outlet

On your compressor outlet, install a union. This will enable you to remove the compressor whenever necessary, without removing the whole plumbing system.

Step 3 – Assembling Pipes and Fittings

Assemble all the required pipes, starting from the union of the air compressor pump. Make sure to have appropriate fittings for each pipe. Level all pipes, either vertically or horizontally positioned, using a torpedo level.

Step 4 – Installation of Hangers

Once done with pipe installation, install hangers on the pipes. For vertically positioned pipes, place the hangers above and below the outlets, while for horizontally positioned pipes, install hangers every 5 feet.

Step 5 – Test your Plumbing System

When all hangers are placed, test the whole plumbing system for leaks. Pressurize the pump for it to generate water. Then, put soapy water at the joints of the pipes, to help you identify loose fittings.