The Importance Of Regular C-Store Maintenance

C Store Maintenance

What Is It?

Quite simply, C-store maintenance involves the maintenance of your fuel tanks, fuel pumps, and all fueling systems. Testing and calibration is generally done once a year, or as per state requirements. When performing testing and calibration, our certified technicians will run through the following tasks:

  • Testing of leak detection equipment
  • System testing ensuring that state-mandated pressure requirements are met
  • Filter replacement, ensuring maximum flow and clean fuel
  • Cathodic protection to ensure that state compliance requirements are met
  • Fuel pumps are calibrated and adjusted to ensure that pumps are dispensing properly

Clean Fuels can also assist in vapor recovery, fuel tank cleaning and maintenance, underground storage tank inspections, sump repair and testing, fuel pump repair, and more.

With all of these inspections and services, careful record keeping is essential. Your registration should be clearly posted inside, and test results showing that your tanks and underground systems are corrosion-resistant must be maintained for at least one year. With regard to leak detection, all pressurized piping must have two forms of leak detection, which must be tested weekly, with at least one year of records kept on-site. Secondary containment and leak detection systems must be monitored monthly. When reconciling fuel inventory, records must be kept for a minimum of five years, with one year of records on-site.

What Happens Without It?

In addition to potential fines and sanctions, improperly maintained fuel systems can cause damage to customers’ cars and the environment. If there are contaminants in your fuel system, they have the potential to eventually find their way into drivers’ fuel tanks, causing potential engine damage. With regard to the environment, corroded tanks or underground systems can cause fuel to leak into the soil, potentially contaminating the groundwater supply.

C-store owners are bound by state and federal law to properly maintain all underground storage tanks. EPA inspectors periodically check if owners are within compliance of these laws. These inspections are typically scheduled in advance, allowing the gas station owner to gather all necessary records. In the event that a facility is not in compliance, enforcement action may be taken.

In the event of a fuel spill or leak, the gas station owner MUST report the leak within 24 hours. Once the contamination has been reported, the site should be studied to determine how much fuel has spilled, what type, and how far the fuel has spread. Cleanup of the fuel is performed, and the site is then monitored to determine the success of the cleanup efforts. If the cleanup was successful by the standards of the state or EPA, a determination of “No Further Action” is issued to show that the cleanup was completed.

How it Helps

Regular preventative maintenance helps to reduce the need for emergency maintenance, and can prolong the life of your equipment. This, in turn, reduces downtime, as well as potential fines and sanctions from various governing bodies.

If you’d like to set up a maintenance plan for your C-store or schedule an inspection of your facilities and tanks, contact Clean Fuels. We’d be glad to help!