Different types of domestic fuel contamination

Domestic fuel contamination can be a significant problem as this can have a negative impact on the performance, efficiency, and safety of various heating systems. As a result, it is important for homeowners, landlords and professionals in the industry to have a good understanding of the different types of fuel contamination, and the maintenance and upkeep involved in preventing this. So what can contaminate your domestic fuel? And what are the important signs to look out for? 

What are the different types of domestic fuel contamination?

There are a number of different types of contamination that can be very problematic for domestic fuel tanks and heating systems. These include:

  • Water Contamination- Water contamination is a common problem with household fuel systems. Condensation, leakage, or incorrect fuel storage are all potential causes. Corrosion, microbiological growth, and sediment development can also result from water entering the fuel tank. In addition, water within the fuel can cause fuel line clogs, decreased combustion efficiency, and increased system component wear and tear.
  • Sludge and Sediment- Another type of domestic fuel contamination is the buildup of silt and sludge. Impurities like rust, dirt, and debris can accumulate at the bottom of the fuel tank over time, and as a result, fuel filters, nozzle assemblies, and burner components can become clogged and unusable. This also results in a reduced fuel flow, incomplete combustion, higher emissions, and poor system performance.
  • Microbial Contamination- Microbial contamination is more commonly known as fuel bacteria or fuel bugs, and this is something that can occur when microorganisms, including bacteria and fungi, are living inside of the fuel tank. These microorganisms feed on the hydrocarbons present in the fuel, leading to the formation of biomass and organic acids. This can be very problematic, as it leads to the blockages of filters, fuel system corrosion, and the production of harmful byproducts that can damage the heating system.
  • Additive and Chemical Contamination- Fuel additives and chemical contaminants can also affect domestic heating systems. Poor quality or contaminated additives can lead to fuel degradation, reduced combustion efficiency, and increased emissions. Chemical contaminants, such as sediment from corroded storage tanks or residues from poorly maintained equipment, can introduce impurities into the fuel, causing performance issues and potentially damaging system components.
  • Incorrect Fuel Mixtures- Using the wrong type of fuel or mixing different fuel types can lead to fuel contamination. Similarly, using low-quality or inappropriate fuel can result in increased emissions, decreased combustion efficiency, and potential equipment malfunction.

Here at Network Environmental, we are fully trained and licensed to tackle all tank cleaning and fuel polishing projects, which are essential for systems that have been contaminated. With our wealth of experience and expertise, we are the team for you. Why not get in touch today?