Fuel is one of the vital forces behind each successful business entity. The scarcity or the complete absence of which will induce disruption or cause major operational issues in any organization. The majority of issues encountered with standby fuel storage systems, like silvan tanks, are most of the time attributed to fuel degradation. Fuel quality is likely going to deteriorate if you are using fuel tanks that are contaminated with bacteria.
This issue is quite common with red and white diesel fuel as well as kerosene and biodiesel. It only takes a small amount of bacterial infection to put your business’ interests in jeopardy.
It is not just water that can induce contamination in fuel tanks but any foreign matter that found its way there could become a trigger factor. Foreign matters are likely carriers of bacteria and them getting deposited in your silvan fuel tanks runs the risk of getting contaminated soon. If this happens, it is likely to hurt the combustible properties of your liquid fuel. This will result in increased fuel consumption of your machine or vehicle due to your fuel being passed out via increased emissions.
The ill-effects of bacterial contamination in liquid fuel can spread fast. Microbes and fungi are likely to multiply in a snap. This will happen and will render your liquid fuel useless because their efficiency and reliability will be badly affected.
With this in mind, we’ll understand why it is crucial that we know what the indicating symptoms are for bacterial or fungal contamination. Knowing what the clues are to fuel contamination. Recognizing the impending problem right from the very start, just before it becomes a full-grown issue, we’ll have higher stakes of resolving the issue as early and as easily as possible.
1. Check out the Fuel appearance in your silvan spray tanks, is it clear? Is the color bright?
Consider drawing out samples from the bottom part of your silvan fuel tank. They must appear to you as clear and bright. Otherwise, it is an indication of fuel contamination.
Cloudy appearance in your liquid fuel indicates the presence of water in the fuel. If the fuel is taking on a darker hue, it is telling you that asphaltenes are taking form in the tank. These particles tend to become hard and they tend to agglomerate, and if that happens it will run the risk of getting in the way of your engine filters.
Every 3 – 6 months, we suggest that you check out the condition of your fuel just by merely looking at fuel samples from the bottom of the tank.
2. Impacts your vehicle and equipment performance.
Most of the time, the affirmation of fuel contamination happens when there are observable performance changes from the vehicle or equipment that makes use of the supplied fuel. Telltale signs to watch out for here include loss of rpm and acceleration, volatile speed changes and sputtering.
The above-mentioned signs are an indication that your stored liquid fuel is not burned the way they should. Any time that there are glaring changes to how your vehicle, machine or equipment perform, make sure that you know how to isolate the issue and rule out the possibility of contamination in your silvan fuel tank.
Watch out for white, black, or blue smoke from your vehicle. If your car or machine you are using is displaying this while the engine seems to be working fine, the smoke you see coming out of it indicates the presence of fuel contaminants.
3. The poor condition of the fuel tank.
Make it a habit to check out the condition of your silvan fuel tanks. By this measure, you have better chances of capturing fuel contamination right from its outset. In addition to this, regularly inspect if your fuel tank filters are not clogged and as part of preventive management, see to that they are free from any kind of sludge build-up
Sludge buildup at the bottom of your silvan spray tank may have formed due to several or because of a mix of a number of contaminants.
It also shows that your fuel containment facility has a poor filtration system.
The symptoms given above are all pointing out to the presence of contaminants within your fuel supply, which should not be there. Identifying them is much easier and a breeze when you know exactly what you are looking for. But things can become tricky here if you will try to establish when, how and what could have brought about such symptoms to come to the surface.
It is also very likely that these symptoms are due to several root causes. Thus, if you will see to it that you are maintaining your fuel supply to a high standard, the odds of you preventing bacterial or fungal contamination in your stored high-value liquid, which can disrupt your business’ operation is high.