Problems associated with fuel contamination

Fuel contamination refers to the presence of impurities or foreign substances in fuels. These contaminants can cause a range of problems and issues. But what are the most common problems associated with fuel contamination? 

What are the most common problems associated with fuel contamination?

There are a number of common problems associated with fuel contamination and these include:

  • Reduced fuel efficiency: Fuel efficiency loss is among the most typical issues brought on by fuel contamination. Fuel filters and injectors may become clogged with contaminants including dirt, water, and germs, which will restrict the flow of fuel around the system.  Engines or boilers may have to work harder as a result to maintain their typical operating speeds, which may increase fuel use and decrease fuel economy.
  • Engine performance issues: A variety of engine performance difficulties, including rough idling, stalling, and trouble starting, can also be brought on by contaminated fuel. Impurities can harm engine parts including fuel injectors, carburetors, and spark plugs when they accumulate in the fuel system. As a result, performance may suffer overall and power output and acceleration may be diminished. This is important for those storing red diesel to be aware of.
  • Equipment failure: Equipment malfunctions can also be caused contaminated fuel, especially in diesel engines used in marine boats, heavy machinery, and generators. Fuel pumps, injectors, and other components may prematurely wear out as a result of contaminants, necessitating expensive repairs or replacements. Fuel contamination may, under rare circumstances, result in catastrophic engine failure, causing downtime and lost productivity.
  • Safety hazards: Safety risks can also be caused by fuel contamination, especially in industrial settings where fuels are used in machinery or equipment. Fuels that have been tainted with contaminants have the potential to ignite or burst, resulting in fires, injuries, and even fatalities. Furthermore, fuel leaks brought on by rust or damage to fuel tanks or lines can discharge dangerous chemicals into the environment, endangering both human health and the environment.
  • Regulatory compliance issues: Fuel contamination can also lead to problems with regulatory compliance, especially in sectors of the economy that are governed by environmental standards. Fuels that have been tainted with dangerous chemicals may leak into the air and water, breaking both state and federal laws. Fines, penalties, and reputational harm may come from this.

Professional fuel polishing

If your fuel is contaminated this will need polishing to remove all of the impurities and to ensure maximum fuel efficiency and longevity for your fuel systems, machinery or engines. For high quality and professional tank and fuel cleaning that you can count on, you need to choose a professional team to work with. Here at Network Environmental, we are fully trained and licensed to tackle all tank cleaning and fuel polishing projects. With our wealth of experience and expertise, we are the team for you. Why not get in touch today?