TIPS FOR HEATING OIL STORAGE TANKS

To prolong the life of your heating system, vehicles and machinery, prevent breakdowns and improve performance, care must be taken of three main items not wanted in your tank: PARTICLES, these mostly come from re-polymerisation, a process affecting modern oils.

 

This is in addition to other solids from dirt and dust in the air, and rust in pipes and tanks. WATER, which basically comes from water in the air condensing. And lastly, there are BACTERIA, MOULDS AND YEASTS, micro-organisms live in heating oil from the time it leaves the refinery.

 

Under certain conditions of heat and the presence of water, these colonies can proliferate unchecked and may lead to total blockage.

Tips on prevention

  • Use a filter of 30 microns or less which also absorbs water, or at least decants it, to eliminate particles and water in fuel. (If you car has a fuel filter, your boiler or supply equipment should also have one). Check or change filters regularly.

 

  • Try to keep the fuel tank as full as possible to prevent water in the air from condensing. This is particularly important after winter, as tanks are usually empty. Metal tanks cause most condensation.

 

  • Protect your tank from harsh weather. The water, the sun, high temperatures, etc. degrade tanks and fuel. Avoid dirty or dusty atmospheres and close all apertures except the air vent.

 

  • Try not to empty the tank too much as there is a risk of the deposits at the bottom moving and obstructing the filter. Check that the air pipe does not reach the bottom. It is recommended to let the fuel rest after a new supply so that any particles stirred up can sink to the bottom again.

 

  • Maintain tanks well (sampling, removing water and cleaning, as required). A problem caught in time is easy and cheap to fix.

 

  • Use aditives that provide heating oil with better features to improve performance.
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