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Fuel and Tank Cleaning Fact vs. Fiction

Reality Check Fuel contamination and dirty tanks are a reality for tank owners today. Poor fuel quality is responsible for rising costs for tank and fuel system owners. Liability issues caused by microbial influenced corrosion abound. The tank owner is faced with skyrocketing maintenance costs and liabilities that were not a problem a decade ago.…

What’s in My Fuel? (Part 3)

The Effects of Dirty Fuel As fuel ages, it degrades. Contaminants accelerate fuel degradation. Water is the most damaging contaminant and is attributed to a host of chain reactions. When water is present, microbes can grow. They commonly find their home in emulsified and free water. Microbes do not colonize easily in dissolved water. However, dissolved…

Tank Cleaning Field Report

Do you know what lurks in your tank?  I spent the last week in Quito, Ecuador cleaning diesel tanks and training field technicians to do the same. Amazing what we found – microbial contamination, dirt, sand, deteriorated fuel and even a plastic bag. Working at high altitudes, lifting fuel 16 feet at 9,000 feet of elevation…

Mobile Fuel Cleaning

There are numerous manufacturers and assemblers making fuel filtration equipment. What makes a filtration unit superior? Four criteria determine superiority. It must be safe. Safety is first and foremost. Does it have a safety shut-off switch clearly marked and easily accessible?  Does it have both pressure and vacuum gauges that are in clear site while…

Tank Cleaning vs. Fuel Polishing

Tank cleaning and fuel polishing are two different processes. The question often asked, “Which one is better?” Are there any advantages to one over the other? Cost can be a determining factor as well as site downtime, if any. Tank cleaning is generally more expense. It usually requires fuel be removed and a chemical agent applied during…