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Eight Ways to Keep Your Farm’s Bulk Fuel Tanks Free of Water and Other Contaminants


Rust. Bacteria. Algae.

If you have a bulk fuel storage tank on your Ontario farm, these small contaminants can cause big problems as they accelerate the breakdown of your fuel – and the breakdown of your equipment.

At the heart of all three contaminants, of course, is water – specifically, condensation that builds on the walls of your fuel storage tank (water directly causes rust and creates an environment that encourages the growth of microorganisms).

The question is, how to you prevent water from entering your farm’s bulk storage tank, and how do you remove it if it’s already there? Here are eight tips and practices to consider.

  1. Regularly check for water at the bottom of your tank using an automatic gauge system or manual gauge stick.
  2. Periodically sample and inspect fuel samples from inside your tank.
  3. Remove any water from the bottom of the tank or around fuel tank openings.
  4. Raise your tank’s fill area to prevent inflow of rainwater and contaminants.
  5. Inspect gaskets, hatches, vents and fill caps for damage, replacing them if needed.
  6. If you need to remove water and tank sludge from your tank, hire a professional.
  7. Have your tank professionally maintained before your busiest season(s).
  8. Keep your tank at least half full at all times; a tank interior with more air than fuel will attract condensation as temperatures change.

For reliable bulk diesel deliveries for your Ontario-area farm, trust the pros at Core Fuels. Contact us today to schedule a fuel delivery to keep your storage tank in great shape in the peak season to come!

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