Regularly investing in fuel tank maintenance can save you a significant amount of money in the long run. A well-maintained fuel storage tank will last longer and ensure that your fuel stays uncontaminated.
Some of the major problems that usually plague fuel tanks are the presence of water, bacterial growth, and the accumulation of solid dirt particulates.
Why is it necessary to clean your fuel storage tank?
The presence of contaminants in the storage tank can have the following negative effects:
- They can degrade the performance of the fuel and lower its quality.
- The use of substandard fuel from unclean tanks is extremely harmful for the engine of a vehicle.
- Fuel residue in tanks is a fire hazard
- Moisture can lead to the rusting of fuel tanks, causing leakages and seepages.
When should you clean your tank?
You’ll have to get your tank cleaned on a regular basis if you use it frequently. Proper fuel tank cleaning is necessary to ensure the quality of fuel within it is preserved. You’ll need to get your tank cleaned when:
- A sulphuric or rotten odor comes from the fuel it contains.
- The dispensing rate from its outlet valve drops
- The presence of solid contaminants is visible in the fuel.
- The storage tank has not been used for a long time.
- You plan to use it to store another type of fuel.
How should you clean your fuel storage tank?
You can ensure that your tank is properly cleaned by following the simple steps give below:
- Drain the tank completely. There should be no trace of gas, moisture, or any kind of liquid inside the tank.
- If sludge is present at the bottom of the tank, get rid of it by scraping it out. A chemical agent can be used to make your task easier.
- Scrub the inside of the tank thoroughly with the help of an industrial cleaner. The type of cleaner used must be chosen according to the type of fuel that the tank normally holds.
- After scrubbing the inside of the tank, wash it with water and rinse it.
- Leave it out to dry. Don’t add fuel in it until it is completely dry from the inside.
Following these simple steps will ensure that your tank remains clean and lasts for a long time.
Also, don’t forget to:
- Check the body of the tanks regularly for cracks and get them fixed immediately.
- Check the automatic tank gauging sensors to make sure that they are working properly
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