It is critical to understand how to preserve the quality of fuel oil if you are in control of any location where big tanks of fuel are kept. This is especially important where huge tanks of standby fuel are kept on hand for emergency use and may end up sitting unused for extended periods of time. Another critical aspect knows how to evaluate and manage fuel quality in a cost-effective way.

The expenses of replacing significant amounts of fuel, as well as failing to satisfy emergency fuel needs can be enormous. Fortunately, there are a variety of solutions available to assist you in keeping your fuel supply viable. What will happen if you do not take these precautions? Let’s have a look.

The Advantages of Good Fuel and Cleansing Your Fuel

Maintaining your fuel stock fresh and usable is critical regardless of how long you keep it, but the older you store it, the more prone you are to encounter fuel deterioration issues. Sediment and Fuel in fuel can clog fuel filters on machinery that uses it. Eventually, you may see equipment failing unexpectedly.

Fuel pollution and deterioration is one of the leading reasons of equipment malfunction in an emergency, making fuel management an important component of your emergency backup maintenance responsibilities.

How Is Fuel Polluted?

Water

This is one of the most prevalent fuel pollutants. Of course, water does not ignite. It also does not mix with fuel or other petroleum-based fuels. Water can enter your fuel tank while it is being filled or as a result of condensation from air in the drums. Fuel and water can combine to generate a ‘mayonnaise-like’ ooze that clogs filtration devices and gets caught in fuel lines, causing system failure. This is why fuel tank cleaning is an important task.

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Microbes

Microbes are also a concern, particularly with contemporary fuels. They can enter fuel tanks alongside the air. After that, they’re left to develop attaching to fuel additions and feeding on the air in the tank. Microbes’ deceased bodies can produce both a jelly-like material and sediments. Both of these result in fuel line and filter obstruction, as well as equipment malfunction.

Sludge, Sediment and Other Particles

Sediment generated by dead bacteria, shed from rotting tanks, or transported in from the outdoors as dirt or dust on the breeze can also be problematic. It could not only clog pipelines and screens, but it can also enter running machinery and create friction as well as other fatigue on mechanical components.

Fuel Protection in Storage

Many situations necessitate the long-term storage of fuel to ensure that it is constantly available in the event of an emergency. Hospitals, data centres, and other facilities with standby power generators need to ensure that there is enough of fuel on hand in case the power system fails.

When gasoline and other fuel oils are stored for an extended period of time, sediment and gum may form as the fuel interacts with oxygen in the atmosphere. Even if your fuel has been kept at the proper temperature in a properly kept tank, you may only expect it to last 6-12 months.