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Maintaining Boilers at Maximum Efficiency

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boilerBoiler maintenance is crucial to any facility that relies on a centralised heating system. Malfunctioning boilers not only cause inconvenience for the residents, but they can also disrupt urgent business and service operations. At worst, equipment breakdown can even cause damage to both people and property.

Here are a few ways to keep boiler rooms safe and functional:

Daily Logs and Inspections

Check the boiler rooms at least once a day. Start by making a daily log for the boiler to ensure it is working in optimal condition. The water gauge should indicate that the boiler has sufficient water. The temperature and pressure readings, at all times, should be operating within the recommended range. Creating a daily log allows you to trace the causes of malfunction, which can help you save on repair costs.

Equipment Maintenance

Apart from the daily inspections, allot time at least once or twice a month to do regular maintenance on the boilers. Leaks can indicate damaged machines, so check for cracks or dents. Boilers with blocked air vents are prone to overheating, so clean the exhaust and the louvres if needed. The boiler room should be kept clean at all times as unnecessary items can cause pollutions or combustions. Dirt slows boiler machines down by increasing pressure and causing blockages. Investing in equipment like dirt and air separators can help optimise machine performance by purifying the entrained air.

Professional Check-up

Even well-kept boilers are subject to wear and tear. Annual check-ups by licensed professional technicians or agents make sure that the machine is still serviceable for future use. These technicians may opt to disassemble your boiler and check for worn-down or damaged parts that need replacing. They can also give recommendations for better operations once they consult you and your daily log. Regular maintenance ensures that a boiler is running efficiently. However, it improves not only the boiler’s performance but the entire facility it services as well.

4 Top Fuel Storage Tank Maintenance Tips

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Construction worker look at fuel pumpStoring your fuel onsite certainly has many benefits. First, you never need to worry about delays in deliveries. If you buy in bulk, you can save cash. However, to ensure that your fuel stays in good condition, there are responsibilities you need to remember. One of them is maintaining your fuel storage tanks keenly. Here are tips to do that:

Follow set standards

If you’re using an above ground storage tank, you’ll need to adhere to the set API 650 design and maintenance standards. These standards stipulate clearly that you need to maintain the integrity of your welded or riveted storage tank. Other standards may also include the period within which you need to fill up the tank to keep it in good condition.

Check seals and caps regularly

Faulty seals and caps can allow sediments into your tank, degrading not only your fuel but also your tank’s walls and base. These seals will also increase the rate of evaporation of your oil, making it more difficult to monitor fuel levels. That means you can’t easily tell when exactly you should fill up the tank.

Prevent fuel tank contamination

If the environment around your fuel storage tank is dusty or dirty, it’s only a matter of time before contaminants get into the tank and pollute the oil, besides damaging the tank itself. That’s why it’s crucial to clean the area around the tank regularly. Keep the caps closed as well and check whether the nozzle is clean before using it to fill up the tank.

Observe a regular maintenance schedule

Like all other equipment, a bulk fuel storage tank should have a regular maintenance schedule, whether it appears to be in great shape or not. That means you need to inspect your tank regularly for dents, aging fuel filters, worn caps, and so on. Replace or repair faulty parts promptly.

While there are lots of advantages for storing your fuel in bulk, there are certain measures you need to put in place to reap those benefits. The key lies in giving your storage tank the attention it needs.