Fuel Tank Winter Preparedness Tips

Winter Is Upon Us, Are Your Fuel Tanks Prepared?

Our Northwest Winter weather may not be as severe as in some parts of the country but we all know they are wet, really really wet.

To be prepared, there are two very important steps you need to do –

  1. Ask for an assessment of your current fuel conditions
  2. Protect your investment and the fuel tank environment

If you’ve not had the fuel in your tanks assessed in the last nine months, do it now!

It’s better to know your fuel and tanks are clean than to have equipment failure or customer complaints because of water, sludge, and poor quality fuel. Give us a call to discuss.

 A common issue we see is water collecting in the sump – it’s important to keep water out of the sump, as this can lead to water in tanks.

Know How To Protect The Fuel Tank Environment During The Winter Months –

Underground Tanks

  • Have rubber mats covering your lids
  • Check weekly for any excess water under the lids and in the sumps
  • Pump-out any water found (a marine hand pump and bucket make this an easy job)
  • Cut-up large sponges can help absorb water, as long as you check and squeeze out water on a weekly basis

Above Ground Tanks

  • Verify all tank access points are securely sealed
  • Inspect Clock and Sight Gauges for cracks, leaks, and possible water entry
  • Can water build-up in the vent – if so, it goes directly into the tank

Any amount of water provides a host environment for microbial growth which causes fuel contamination. When it comes to maintaining optimum fuel quality – Prevention is job number 1