Tank Cleaning Services: Safe & Very Effective
Just imagine what all that sludge and residue is doing to the condition of your vehicles engines. Cleaning your fuel storage tanks can help stop contaminated fuel affecting your fleet.
All fuels deteriorate. And when they do, so does the condition of your tanks. 6-12 months is the usable lifespan of diesel when stored in normal conditions so regular tank cleaning every one to two years should be an essential part of your maintenance programme and is the best way to prevent costly vehicle damage and reduce overall fleet maintenance costs.
Whether you’re looking for preventative fuel tank cleaning or you’ve just discovered a serious fuel contamination issue like diesel bug, we can help. We provide one the most advanced and thorough tank cleaning services in the UK.
How contaminated fuel destroys your tanks
If you’ve a fuel contamination problem, you’re likely to be already aware of the huge damage it can cause to your fleet vehicles. In fact, 8 out of every 10 diesel breakdowns are linked to dirty fuel.
All stored fuel deteriorates over time, forming sediments and gums that can clog filters. And as tanks warm up during the day and cool down at night, water from condensation can also be introduced to the tank.
This water helps germinate fungal spores present in fuel, known as the ‘Fuel Bug’ or ‘Diesel Bug’. These organisms spread rapidly, eating up the fuel’s hydrocarbons and leaving behind a waxy sludge or ‘Biomass’ in their wake
And it’s not just your end fleet vehicles that get damaged. Contaminated or degraded fuels create internal and external corrosion on your tanks holding it; fuel lines and dispensers get eroded and damaged and fuel dispenser filters can become blocked causing problems and disruption to operations.
A fuel storage tank before cleaning
A cycle of contamination
This creates a cycle of contamination for you. Even if all the dirty fuel could be removed, as soon as new clean or polished fuel is added back to these now contaminated tanks, it would quickly become contaminated too. While additives can help with minor contaminations, once you’ve a severe contamination problem, the only way to eradicate it is through rigorous diesel tank fuel cleaning.
Breaking the cycle
At Octane we provide advanced tank cleaning services. We thoroughly address contamination issues, with our rigorous and efficient cleaning processes. Our specialist tank cleans can usually be carried out within one day – keeping disruption to your operations to an absolute minimum. All works are carried out by highly trained personnel to the highest levels of Health & Safety standards.
Octane’s robust tank cleaning procedure involves:
- Firstly, emptying your tank completely and transferring your fuel to storage while we work
- Beginning the process of thoroughly deep cleaning the inside of your tank; including cleaning all fuel lines and filters
- Filtered and cleaning your old fuel that we’ve stored, through our custom-made fuel polishing system
- Finally, returning you cleaned and polished fuel to your now decontaminated clean tank; making sure that no usable fuel is ever wasted
- Providing you with ‘Before’ and ‘after’ photographs of the inside of your tank for your peace of mind.
A fuel storage tank after cleaning
Our safety expertise
Octane’s incredible health and safety expertise and its specialist team of highly trained and certified engineers, means that your business is in safe hands. Specifically, we:
- Provide risk assessments and method statements for each and every project
- Implement correct isolation procedures, including atmospheric evaluation
- Operate under confined space entry permit authorisation, with expert staff who specialise in confined space entry and rescue and the use of gas monitoring and breathing apparatus equipment.
As well as carrying out full fuel testing and diesel bug treatment we also offer fuel polishing and tank testing, leaving you with the certainty that every aspect of your fuel storage is in optimum condition.
If you’re looking for cost-effective, thorough and safe tank cleaning solutions, get in touch with us today.