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FuelCare’s FAQ

By July 27, 2023No Comments

Q: What is FuelCare’s approach to fuel polishing?

A: FuelCare’s fuel polishing process efficiently eliminates contaminants like water, sludge, and microbes from your fuel. This involves pumping out your fuel, filtering it via multiple stages, and reintroducing the purified fuel into the tank under pressure, creating turbulence. This approach not only conserves valuable fuel, minimizes waste, and curtails new fuel production but also reduces costs and carbon emissions. The entire process is carried out without requiring technician entry into the tank.

Q: Why is FuelCare’s fuel polishing service necessary?

A: When fuel is stored for extended periods, it can accumulate microbes, algae, and sediment, which could lead to tank corrosion and equipment failure. Fuel polishing with FuelCare keeps your fuel compliant with federal standards and prevents the need for disposal or replacement, reducing environmental impacts associated with waste and unnecessary fuel production. It is an efficient, eco-friendly, and cost-effective solution to combat fuel contamination.

Q: Could you explain FuelCare’s fuel polishing process?

A: Fuel polishing at FuelCare is a high-grade filtration method, conducted and monitored using a combination of filters and depolymerization via our dedicated polishing equipment. The fuel continuously circulates through this system, gradually eliminating contaminants. This process ensures that no harmful materials are released into the environment, contributing to cleaner and safer surroundings.

Q: How long does FuelCare’s fuel polishing service take?

A: The duration of fuel polishing varies based on several factors like tank capacity, fuel level, current fuel quality, and equipment used. We prioritize both efficiency and environmental safety, working swiftly to limit disruption to your operations while diminishing potential environmental impact. Generally, fuel polishing takes 2-8 hours per tank, including site preparation, setup and tear-down time.

Q: What are the benefits of choosing FuelCare’s fuel polishing service?

A: Opting for FuelCare fuel polishing can significantly contribute to your eco-conscious goals while minimizing costs due to tank corrosion and potential engine failures. It reduces the need to purchase new bulk fuel and minimizes service disruptions, thereby decreasing carbon footprint and expenses. The service also averts the disposal of contaminated waste that could harm the environment. Additionally, our fuel polishing service can be a crucial element of your environmentally-friendly preventative maintenance strategy. FuelCare offers a client Compliance Portal to track your tank maintenance and compliance schedule, reducing the burden of tank management on your team.  

Q: Can the use of biocide/chemicals alone solve the problem?

A: Biocides can kill living microbes, but they do not remove the remaining biomass. This biomass can continue to cause filter clogs and requires additional filtration, i.e., fuel polishing, for complete removal. Also, if the root cause, typically water, isn’t addressed, microbial growth can return. Hence, fuel polishing is essential not only for maintaining fuel quality but also for preventing the potential environmental risks and costs associated with biomass disposal. While biocide helps slow the growth of harmful microbes in fuel, no chemical additive can remove non-fuel contaminants (rust, corrosion, biomass, water) without a mechanical filtration process.

Q: How often should a tank be polished?

A: Frequency of fuel polishing greatly depends on the condition of the tank, the environment in which the tank is kept, the level of previous maintenance, and adherence to continual routine preventative maintenance. FuelCare offers comprehensive sampling, assessment, and lab testing services to verify the current quality and condition of fuels. FuelCare experts offer educated service recommendations and schedules based on sampling and assessments. It is imperative that fuel tanks be sampled and assessed at least once per year to ensure that the fuel’s integrity is intact. Laboratory analysis can further quantify and verify fuel conditions.  

Q: Why can’t we solely rely on an automatic fuel polishing machine?

A: While automatic fuel polishers are valuable assets for critical facility fuel tanks, they lack the ability to pump at high pressures required for thorough tank cleaning. They cannot replace high-pressure pumping and filtration systems that use long hoses and ‘brooms’ to sweep the tank’s bottom. Many of FuelCare’s clients use these polishers in conjunction with quarterly fuel tank assessments and expert polishing utilizing our specialized equipment for optimal results.

Q: Why is compliance reporting important?

A: As an industry leader in comprehensive field reporting, FuelCare’s detailed reports provide photographs, measurements, expert assessments, and subsequent service recommendations. These reports fulfill our clients’ documentation requirements by key stakeholders such as the state Departments of Ecology, inspectors, insurance firms, and claim adjusters. FuelCare’s online Compliance Portal allows clients to access their compliance reports, historical data and observe trends, enabling efficient management and informed decision-making. Compliance reporting by FuelCare upholds standards, meets legal prerequisites, and offers essential data for strategic foresight and planning.

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