How To Identify Fuel Contamination

At Compass Fuels, we know that fuel contamination can be a costly fix. But it’s easier to prevent than you think. In this article, we are going to give you a clear answer on how to identify fuel contamination.

Fuel within your tank is not completely secure from the weather outside. The damp and freezing weather during the winter months can bring issues with the contents of the tank. It can also happen during the summer months with humid air.

There’s no clear sign as to when these changes can happen; when the weather changes, your fuel is at risk of being contaminated with water, bacteria, and more which can lead to breakages in the system, fuel damage, and costly business expenses.

It is vital to do a routine check-up on your fuel. The earlier you spot any problems, the easier it will be to fix them. You will be able to spot some visible symptoms in the fuel which will help you identify issues. These could be:

  • Cloudy fuel
  • Blocked filters
  • Slime residue in the filter
  • The machine has difficulty starting up
  • Stuttering in the machine’s system
  • Visible rusting in the tank
  • Visible rusting outside the tank

It would be wise to have your tank professionally cleaned at least once every year minimum. You can hire an OFTEC-accredited specialist to perform an examination.

If there are any unfortunate symptoms like the ones above, then it would be best to hire a professional to perform an examination of the fuel and system. They will specify any problems, look for erosion in the tank, see if there’s any unwanted bio-matter, or see if there’s any excessive water that has been trapped in the system.

If there aren’t any visible issues after checking your fuel, you have defeated half of the possible problem. Move on to checking the tank’s condition.

Your tank is important to take care of just as much as the fuel itself as this will avoid any contamination or damage to the contents inside.

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