Be Prepared, Be Prepared, Be Prepared!

October 11, 2018

Famous words from my favorite YouTube weather man, Frankie MacDonald. He warns us when there is going to be major storms, blizzards, frigid temps, etc. I’m here to warn you that winter is coming and if you don’t take the proper precautions on your fuel tanks, you will regret it.
  1. When was the last time you checked your tanks for water?
Water is a five-letter word for trouble when it comes to fuel and your equipment. There are a variety of ways moisture can seep into the tank, one of which is through condensation. As temperatures rise and fall, water droplets form both inside and outside of the tank. If you have damaged vents or hoods, water can also get into your tank during rainfall. Because of this, storage tanks should be checked for water frequently. At minimum, they should be inspected seasonally, especially during spring and fall. The easiest way to check for water is an alcohol-compatible paste. Simply apply the paste to a clean gauge stick and dip it in the tank. The paste will change color if there is water present in the tank. If you do find water, I suggest giving us a call to come out and pull a sample from the bottom of the tank to see if there are any other contaminants.
 
  1. Do you know how to prevent water contaminants?
  •  On underground tanks make sure the tank-fill area is located above ground.
  • Above ground tanks should be located away from areas where rainwater and contaminants could flow in.
  • Inspect gaskets, plugs, gauges, vents and fill caps for damage. Replace if necessary.
  • Check product spill containment buckets for water. If water is present, make sure to remove it.
  • Keep your tanks painted a light color and in a shaded area if possible to reduce temperature changes.
  • Have the tank drained and cleaned by a professional once a year.
 
  1. When was the last time you changed your filter? 
 Not many remember because it has been too long. We recommend changing your filter before each season. Clean filters go a long way to keep rust from forming and dirt from getting to your equipment to cause engine and fuel system issues. 
  1. Use Cenex Premium Diesel.
We all know we feel better when we eat healthy foods and drink lots of water. Why should we treat our equipment any different? Cenex offers a premium additive package that includes detergents, demulsifiers and fuel stabilizers. The proprietary blend of additives meets the demands of new and existing engine technology designed to operate with high efficiency and less downtime.
 
Did you know that CVA offers tank cleaning? We have partnered with a company that specializes in cleaning fuel tanks. Big or small we clean them all! Give me a call at 712-540-3596 for details!
By Kane Kuehl 
Posted: 10/11/2018 2:06:51 PM by Mallory Wittstruck | with 0 comments