While spring is here and summer right around the corner now would be a good time to make sure that your fuel tanks are clean and ready to go for the construction season. Water and bacteria can find their way into your tanks during this time and could cause you problems down the road.
Think of a fuel tank like your lawn in the spring or fall. If you walk out to get the paper in the morning or mail in the evening take a look at your shoes when you get inside. That same moisture on your shoes could be in your tanks. Or think of a hot humid day with a cold drink in your hand. Now pretend that the drink is your tank. Where did all that moisture/ water go? Remember this is happening everyday! With newer equipment and their higher fuel standards, making sure your tanks are clean would help your company reduce downtime and make more money. For more information on Jackson Oil’s Fuel Polishing services, visit: http://jacksonoilsolvents.com/services/fuel-filtering/
Please feel free to call or email JB Ban at 317-691-9534 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cold Weather Operation Tips
It’s that time of year again! The cold weather is here to stay for the next several months.
Is your fleet ready?
The following tips will prepare your vehicles for winter and help prevent cold temperature operability problems.
- Pump water bottoms from storage tanks.
- Kill microbial growth with Dual Phase Biocide
- Keep tanks as dry as possible to reduce condensation. Fill vehicle fuel tanks before shutdown overnight. Keep your storage tanks filled as much as possible to reduce the amount of moisture buildup. Change or drain your fuel pump regularly.
- Refueling prior to parking a vehicle will help slow fuel cooling. Near empty fuel tanks will cool off much more quickly than full tanks and condensation will form inside the tank.
- Before winter, replace fuel filters, both primary and secondary, as a part of a good preventive maintenance program. Dirt and sludge build-up reduces the fuel flow to the injectors.
- Drain the fuel/water separators and fuel filters with drains DAILY. This is an important key as water collected at the bottom will freeze and plug your fuel system. Fuel/water separators that are equipped with electric elements should be cleaned before winter.
- Larger mesh filters should be considered in very cold climates.
- It is highly recommended that in severe weather, the fuel/water separators be replaced with spin on fuel filters that will allow the additive to mix with the water and burn with the fuel. Water separators will collect the water at the bottom of the filter, which typically freezes and plugs the fuel system.
- Drain water separators often.
For questions about how to maintain your fleet during the winter for optimal performance, contact us! Our 40+ years of experience is here to help.