Is There Water In Your Fuel?

Water in Your Fuel

We cannot emphasize enough how detrimental water in your fuel tank could be. Water is the essential element needed to encourage the growth of microbes, which live in the water/diesel interface. Only a small amount of water is necessary to create a problematic situation where the microorganisms are producing acids that will corrode tanks and clog filters.

Biofuels may even have a greater risk of developing water problems. This is cause for concern because in many states fuel can contain as much as 5% biomass before being labeled as such. It can be alarming if you are receiving new fuel and not aware of the biomass content because will not realize you will need to keep a closer eye on it. Bio-based fuels have stability issues already, so it is important to be aware you may be using biofuels. We have put together a list of frequently asked questions regarding troubleshooting water in your fuel tank.

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

How can you prevent water in your fuel tank?

Here is a list of things you can do, or make sure you have a qualified company checking.

  • Monitor your tanks with automatic gauge systems and manual gauge sticks.
  • Regularly inspect fill and vapor caps for damage and missing gaskets.
  • Inspect the product and spill containment buckets.
  • Audit the fuel delivery process and water content.
  • Use water sensitive fuel filters and monitor for slowed down fueling.
  • Treat storage tanks with antimicrobial pesticides regularly.
What are the signs of water in your fuel tank?

Employ a qualified technician to examine the inside of the tank and filters. Have them be on the look out for clogged and slimy filters, hazy fuel, floating debris in tanks, sludge build up in tanks, corroded injectors, or a foul odor.

How do you treat contaminated fuel?
  • If a small amount of water is detected, it may be able to be pumped out of the tank, or te fuel may be able to be treated with a drying agent.
  • If water and sludge are detected, the fuel and the tanks may need to be cleaned. In an extreme case the fuel may need to be discarded, the tanks cleaned and then refilled with fresh fuel.
  • If the tanks are old and corroded and the all the filters blocked due to years of negligence, the fuel will need to be removed, and the tanks inspected. Upon the technicians report, he may recommend tank replacement.
Why is it important to schedule regular maintenance?

Creating a maintenance plan for your tanks and fuel is vital for the longevity of your system. Consider it alike going to the doctor or dentist for regular checkups. Routine maintenance will also minor detect issues before they balloon into a major problem.

If you have not had our fuel and tank system inspected recently, we highly recommend you schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Clean Fuels has created our own rigid inspection checklist. Call us today and our team will arrange to dispatch one of our highly trained specialists to troubleshoot water in your fuel tank.