Storing 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.