A Complete Guide On Maintaining Diesel Fuel Storage Tanks - GSC Tanks
A Complete Guide on Maintaining Diesel Fuel Storage Tanks
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  • July 17, 2020

A Complete Guide on Maintaining Diesel Fuel Storage Tanks

Diesel fuel storage tanks are types of industrial storage tanks designed to store and manage diesel fuel for truck stops, mass transit refueling, military installations, public work operations, and a range of diesel backup generators.

Diesel storage tanks are an integral component of any firm or factory. The fuel in storage must be available 24/7 for use at a moment’s notice. So, the tank must be in a proper working condition throughout the year.

That’s why it’s necessary to carry out regular maintenance works and fix all issues as and when needed.

In this blog, we have discussed how to maintain diesel fuel storage tanks and efficiently address the problems that may arise in it.

1.  Preventing Oxidative Fuel breakdown

Maintaining the quality of the stored fuel in diesel fuel storage tanks is necessary for efficient power output.

This means it’s essential to prevent oxidative fuel breakdown from exposure to air and light and hydrolytic failure from exposure to certain metals.

An oxidative breakdown can be easily prevented by cleaning the fuel stabilizers that lead to a chain of oxidation reactions in the fuel upon exposure to the atmosphere. And, a hydrolytic breakdown can be prevented by controlling the water buildup within the tank.

2.  Preventing Sludge Buildup

Excessive buildup of sludge and biomass in diesel fuel storage tanks is another critical problem that needs to addressed efficiently.

Using commercial-grade treatment is the best strategy to solve this problem. It cleans the fuel storage system, ensuring that less space is stored due to less space lost to sludge.

You can also opt for sludge treatment to prevent the formation of biomass. When used in conjunction with biocide, it significantly improves the biocide’s ability to kill microbes and keep the system microbe-free in the long-run.

3.  Preventing Water Problems

Water buildup is a severe problem in diesel fuel storage tanks because it opens the gates for microbes to invade, thrive, and grow within the tank, thereby degrading the fuel quality and rendering it almost useless for storing diesel.

The ultra-low sulfur diesel fuels are much susceptible to these microbial infestations because the sulfur tends to react with the microbicide.

And during a microbial problem, it’s essential to use a biocide to prevent its growth.

According to experts, using ETHANOL can help control and disperse water as it condenses in a diesel or ethanol blend fuel tank. There’s no denying the fact that it’s an essential step toward minimizing the conditions most commonly associated with microbes to grow.

However, in some cases, the microbes still find their way in, and when this happens, using a biocide is essential to control the growth of microbes. Biocides not only kill the existing infestations with complete microbial kills in as little as two hours., but is also cost-effective and keeps microbes ay bay.

So, here was our complete guide on how to maintain diesel fuel storage tanks. Let us know in the comment section how you maintain your storage tanks and the results you witness.


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