Quick Fuel Polishing, Filtration, & Remediation Facts
- A properly performed Fuel Filtration/Remediation Service, Fuel Treatment/Additive, & ASTM Laboratory Testing is designed to eliminate the existence of water, algae, & particulate matter build up that can plague the inside of the fuel tank. All three elements lead to costly repairs, production/manufacturing downtime, and ultimately equipment replacements if not properly maintained on a scheduled basis. Below is a more in-depth breakdown of the four (4) main types of Fuel & Tank Contamination:
- Water contamination is due mostly from condensation in the tank which results in the heating and cooling of the metal that makes up the fuel tank. However, it can also be picked up over time from the fuel supplier of the equipment. Excessive amounts for water in the fuel can lead to lackluster engine performance, lubrication breakdown, and premature engine ware. Water can also can reduce the life of fuel filters, injectors, & pumps by clogging them as well. Water in the fuel will also directly result in the formation of rust in the fuel system over a long duration of neglect.
Biological & Microbial Growth (Algae, Bacteria, & Tank Sludge)
- Biological contamination forms when algae and contaminants such as cyanobacteria grow on the inside of the fuel tank due to the presence of water and moisture within. When these contaminants get agitated and or stirred up by the fuel pick up, these organisms can quickly clog filters, injectors, & pumps causing catastrophic engine damage and very expensive unbudgeted repairs & equipment downtime. This biological growth is sometimes referred to tank sludge by many companies in the industry.
Foreign Particulate Matter (Sediment)
- Foreign particulate matter is a problem that comes from the source where the fuel is delivered from. A lot of times fuel tanks are cross contaminated from the supplier with little protection made available for the end user. Furthermore, particulate contamination in your fuel can also come from airborne matter through the vent tube of the tank as well as poorly sealed tank openings from previous vendors.
Internal Tank Degradation (Rust/Tank Coating)
- Internal tank degradation is when the fuel tank starts to breakdown from the inside out. This happens due in part to the tank environment, climate, fuel contaminants such as water/sediment/microbial growth, & age of the tank. Rust starts to collect on the tank walls, ceiling & roof and tends to fall to the bottom of the tank during vibration (if its a generator belly tank) or fuel deliveries via the force of fuel through a nozzle from the delivery truck. Since the fuel pick up tubes are located as close as 2 inches off of the bottom, the internal tank degradation will cause filter clogging of the fuel filters on the engines and untimely engine failure.
- With our in-depth industry expertise and state of the art equipment, CFS, LLC Fuel Maintenance Engineers can remove all of these contaminants and much more. Contact us today for a FREE Site Visit and Estimate on Professional Customized Fuel Quality Maintenance!
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