Problems of rainfall for fuel tanks

Common domestic fuel storage problems 

Secure fuel tanks are essential for both home heating oil and commercial fuel. Not only do these need to be secure for environmental protection, but they also need to protect the fuel effectively from the elements too. Heavy rain for example can be an issue, but what are the problems of rainfall for fuel tanks? And how can these be avoided?

What are the biggest problems of rainfall for fuel tanks?

There are a number of problems associated with rainfall for fuel tanks, especially those that are positioned outside. These problems include:

  • Water ingress
  • Fuel contamination
  • Rust and corrosion
  • Environmental problems

Water ingress is one of the biggest problems of rainfall for fuel tanks

One of the biggest issues associated with heavy rainfall is water ingress into the fuel tank. This can happen because of cracks in the seals, porous access points, or openings like vents. When water enters the tank, it creates two problems. First, the fuel’s energy content and combustion efficiency may decrease if water mixes with it. This affects operational costs since it increases fuel consumption and impairs the performance of the fuel-using machinery and vehicles.

Water ingress can lead to fuel contamination

In addition, water in fuel tanks can encourage the growth of bacteria and fungi, which can contaminate the fuel. When water and fuel come into contact within the tank, bacteria can flourish and form colonies known as “diesel bugs” or “algae.” These organisms can produce acidic byproducts that significantly increase the risk of corrosion, clog fuel filters, and damage tank surfaces as they multiply. As a result, the tank may experience faster wear and tear, leading to repairs or possibly replacement, raising the cost of upkeep.

Rainfall can cause rust and corrosion

In addition, water in fuel tanks can cause rust and corrosion, particularly in metal tanks. In addition to weakening the structure of the tank, corrosion can also lead to the production of particulate matter, which can further clog filters and impair fuel quality. Variations in temperature and the presence of fuel contaminants can both worsen corrosion-related problems.

Rainfall can cause environmental issues

Finally, rain also has a big impact on environmental security. If the tank’s water level rises above a particular point, it can overflow, causing fuel to leak. These spills have the potential to harm the environment and break strict regulations by contaminating soil, groundwater, and bodies of surface water. Even if the tank is not overfilled, the presence of water inside the tank might cause toxins from its inside to leach out and pollute the soil and water, due to increased corrosion.

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