Identifing Signs of Fuel Contamination

Fuel contamination can be costly to correct, but it is easy to prevent. Fuel within the tank is guarded from the uncertain conditions outside, but not completely. The cold and damp conditions during the Winter months, or the humid days during the Summer months, can bring issues with your tank.

These unpredictable changes can increase the risk of your fuel being contaminated with water, bacteria, and more. Causing damage to the fuel systems and its machinery, risking your business to the result of costly business mistakes.

At Network Environmental, we are going to sum up some easy ways to avoid fuel contamination.

Check fuel regularly

The earlier you spot any potential issues with fuel, the better.

Some of the visible symptoms are:

  • Fuel looks cloudy
  • Blocked filters
  • Filter looks slimy
  • Machine stutters or has difficulty starting
  • Rusting inside or outside of the tank

If you notice any of those symptoms, a professional examination of the fuel will result in the following:

  • Will specify any issues with the system
  • Erosion in the tank
  • Unwanted bio-matter
  • Excessive water content

Having the tank professionally cleaned

After testing, your fuel might not show any signs of contamination. We still strongly recommend getting your tank professionally cleaned a minimum once every 12 months. You can hire an OFTEC-accredited specialist to do this.

As time progresses, particulates, bio-matter, and more can find its way to the bottom of your tank underneath the fuel. Although it’s difficult to see, it can easily be distributed throughout the fuel system and machinery when in use.

If you allow sludge and particulate build-up to increase over time, it will result in irreversible damage to your fuel system and a majorly shortened lifespan if nothing is done to fix it.

Checking the condition of the tank

If there aren’t any visible issues after checking your fuel, you have defeated half of the possible problem. Move on to checking the tank’s condition.

Your tank is extremely important to take care of because this will stop any contamination or damage to the fuel inside.

Noticing problems early means your tank will be able to get fixed or replaced before the fuel quality is exposed to damage or worse, your equipment is damaged.

The most crucial months for noticing early problems are the Winter months. Issues such as rusting, and plastic perishing can occur due to cold temperatures, dampness, and snow which can lead to expensive repairs and replacements.

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