Updated: Sep 4, 2019

As Hurricane Dorian strengthens and heads towards Florida, it is time for facility managers and retail gas station owners to prepare for what lies ahead.

For facility managers, when was the last time you inspected the fuel in your generators? The majority of emergency generators that provide backup power to buildings needs to have routine maintenance plans. They are inspected and tested; however, a fuel quality check is not always part of the generator maintenance.

A situation as this can create a false sense of security because a contaminated diesel supply may not impact the performance of the generator until it is several hours into continuous operation. Routine testing conducted typically uses a very low amount of fuel and it only takes a short amount of time to be carried out. These tests will determine if the generator will start, however, not how long it will run. As the generator runs for longer durations, the contaminated fuel gets delivered to the firing chamber, causing mechanical failures.

So now is the time to make sure your generators will work when needed the most. A Fuel Quality Plan is an essential part of a generator’s preventative maintenance plan. At a minimum, your plan should include routine testing of the fuel and chemical additive treatment to prevent bacteria.

Petroleum storage tank owners and operators need to also make sure that their equipment is tight and functional in order to prevent water contamination in fuel.

Water contamination in fuel can damages your equipment, engines, and causes failure at the worst possible time. Water entering a tank with ethanol-blended fuel will put the fuel in a phase separate condition, which is a state that renders the fuel unusable. In diesel, water allows for bacteria to grow and consume the fuel, increasing acidity and corrosion. Excessive water in fuel can cause imminent equipment failure. And even small amounts of water can cause serious wear and damage over time.

FuelGuard recommends regularly carrying out of Water Intrusion Check of your storage tank. This is a visual assessment of the potential entry points for water.

The Water Intrusion Check includes an inspection of the tank pad, fill caps, brass adapters, drop tubes, ATG caps, vents and spill buckets.

If you see any cracking, rust or water damage, or signs of wear and tear on these components, call FuelGuard today at 904-349-2347, to get a full assessment on your fuel.

If you’d like to download FuelGuard’s Water Intrusion Checklist, click here to get a step by step guide.

Your Business Runs on Fuel. Quality Fuel Runs on FuelGuard.

Your business runs on fuel. Your fuel has to be ready when you need it, whether you are a fleet manager with a business relying on punctual deliveries, a facility manager who needs a backup generator at a moment's notice, or a retail station owner whose business revolves around selling fuel.

Have you taken samples from your tanks recently to examine your fuel? Are there any changes in how your engines or equipment run? Does your stored diesel fuel have a high biodiesel content?

Your fuel requires ongoing maintenance to ensure top quality, so you know it will work when you need it the most.

FuelGuard, in conjunction with Bell Performance, is pleased to offer a free online Fuel Health assessment. The assessment consists of questions about your fuel and storage tanks. These questions help establish the quality of your fuel and tanks. Based on these answers, a Fuel Quality Plan can be established.

The Fuel Health check allows our customers to identify and correct contamination issues before their operations are impacted. By cleaning your fuel and performing your due diligence now, you can get ahead of your components becoming further impacted by contamination. If you wait until contamination builds up, it only increases the probability of compounding failures.

Click here to take the assessment:

FuelGuard offers fuel restoration services that correct fuel contamination. Our state-of-the-art process uses a multi-staged filtration system to remove pollutants, water, and microbial growth, keeping your operations running smoothly.

Contact FuelGuard today at 904-349-2347 to discuss your Fuel Quality Plan. Preventative maintenance is cheaper and easier to manage than emergency maintenance, and doesn’t involve any downtime.

Your Business Runs on Fuel. Quality Fuel Runs on fuelGuard.

Your business operations rely on a fleet of vehicles to deliver products to your clients. Imagine this scenario: Over the last three months, you’ve had two new trucks go down due to bad injectors. Also, you’ve noticed that it’s taking longer to fill up at the pump in the morning, the dispenser has been pumping slow. You change the filter at the dispenser and flow increases speed, but a few days later it returns to slow flow. You’re still operating, but with more headaches and expenses.

After a few more weeks of dealing with slow flow, your third truck goes down. You contact the engine manufacturer to claim warranty because of their bad equipment. The engine manufacturer asks for a fuel sample, to which your mechanic finds this:

Your engine manufacturer then asks you to reference their warranty language regarding fuel quality:

“The Engine Manufacturer is also not responsible for failures caused by incorrect oil or fuel or by water, diesel exhaust fluid, catalytic reagent, dirt or other contaminants in the fuel, oil, diesel exhaust fluid, catalytic reagent or intake air system."

Bad fuel voided your engine warranty and is putting your business operations at risk because of rising repair costs. You contact your fuel supplier because you suspect they delivered a bad load to your fuel tank. The last time they delivered fuel to your tank was a few weeks ago and they provide a manifest stating the quality of the fuel. Finger pointing begins for who is responsible, but ultimately, it’s up to you the end user, to ensure the fuel going into your vehicles meets the warranty specification.

It’s not reasonable to test the fuel every time you fill your vehicle, but you can protect yourself by implementing a Fuel Quality Plan. These plans consist of a routine schedule of testing fuel, removing water and particular contaminates, and treating with chemical additives to ensure quality isn’t compromised. Contact FuelGuard today at 904-349-2347 for a free Fuel Quality Evaluation. The cost of preventative maintenance is always cheaper than emergency repairs.

Your Business Runs on Fuel. Quality Fuel Runs on FuelGuard.

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