How to Identify Symptoms of Microbial Contamination in Fuel Tanks?

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Paramount to ensuring that your stored liquid fuel will remain in its purest form and on its tip-top shape is to have your fuel tanks inspected or carefully scrutinized by seasoned specialists. Nevertheless, it remains crucial that you also know the various tell-tale signs of diesel tank microbial contamination, which is otherwise known as diesel bug. 

While per annum checks have a crucial role to play in keeping your liquid fuel good, there is no way to tell when some trouble would come to surface due to diesel bug. There are surefire measures that can help you in keeping your diesel fuel quality intact.  

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How to Tell If You Have Contaminated Diesel Fuel

In keeping microbial contamination in diesel fuel at bay, you must keep an eye on the following primary symptoms. 

  • Water-Oil Contamination
  • Eroded fuel containment tank
  • Engine trouble or problems with your equipment.  

Contamination in the Water-Oil Interface

Water is everywhere, and  so is oil. But even so, contaminated water in the fuel storage tank comes in different levels. This will help us determine the gravity or seriousness of the problem at hand.  

Initially, if there is an affirmative case of water contamination, it would usually present itself as air molecules. And because of that, trying to spot this using your naked eye is impossible. The moment that the water inside your fuel tank has reached its point of saturation, it will become emulsified. If this happens, water droplets will start to form in the soil. This is also one of the reasons why your liquid fuel.

Not submitting your fuel tank for testing by a reputable company runs the risk of puddles of water to appear at the bottom part of the tank. At this stage, there is no way you can possibly determine that there is something wrong with your tank just  by looking at the top of it. 

Water in its flowing form will render bacteria to grow at a much faster rate, this leads to the forming of bugs at the point of microbial infestation.

Eroded Fuel Containment Tank 

An eroded fuel tank — we consider this as among the major symptoms of microbial fuel contamination. This occurs when the level of contamination reached its pinnacle. The bugs that are now thriving inside your fuel containment tank will eventually start eating away the walls of your tank.  

While we are qualifying this as a sure sign of fuel contamination, it will also put the environment in harm’s way. How so? If your fuel storage tank becomes highly corroded, it runs the risk of your fuel to leak and if that happens, the surrounding space is at risk of getting contaminated, too. 

Oil spills can be very damaging to the environment. Environmental clean-up would be costly and often leads to prosecution. 

There is no other better way to avoid this from happening than by ensuring that your fuel tanks are always in their tip-top shape and they are structurally sound all the time.  

Engine Problems

If you are not in the habit of regularly inspecting your fuel containment tank to check how your stored fuel is, then the odds that you will identify contaminated diesel in your tank is very low until the time comes that you will use it, either for your machinery or equipment.  

Chances are high that you will experience engine problems for no apparent reason. Or another scenario is that you will notice that it has degraded from its usual performance and power.  

If something close to this happens to you, the best course of action to take is to have your fuel inspected, checked first by a specialist — identifying if it is causing those issues to your fuel and tank or not.