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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…

What’s in My Fuel (Part 1)

This is the first of a three part series on fuel contamination dealing with the forms of contamination commonly found in fuel. There are three broad forms: gas, liquid and particulate. Each of these offer varying degrees of potential damage to fuel and fuel systems. Most do not see air as a contaminant, but it…

Fuel Contamination

Fuels are quite different from those a decade ago. There are numerous problems associated with the quality of fuel. Diesel and gasoline are not problems in and of themselves. However, a combination of factors have contributed to a whole host of serious and potentially dangerous concerns. Between 2004 and 2006, the EPA mandated the reduction…

Killer Contamination

Imagine having almost ten gallons of contaminants in your fuel tank like the picture shown above.  The site owner had been replacing filters more frequently and noticed higher than usual maintenance costs on his fuel equipment. Imagine the surprise at what was found in the bottom of the tank. Sample your fuel to determine visual clarity. …

Bad Fuel = Corrosion

One of the constants in the petroleum equipment industry is corrosion. THe problem continues to cost the industry billions of dollars each year. When I talk with tank owners, they think that corrosion is a result of moisture.  Although that is a contributing factor, the real culprit is microbial contamination. All fuel has some level of contamination. …