It’s important to stay up to date on fuel tank maintenance and repairs to maximize the quality and effectiveness of your fuel for industrial applications. Foster Fuels Mission Critical division’s tank pump-out services make your tank more sustainable while allowing you to conduct safer and more cost-effective operations. 

We’ll service your fuel delivery and storage equipment so you can return to normal work processes sooner. If you’re unsure whether you need tank pump-out services, we’ll provide all the information you need.

When Do I Need a Fuel Tank Pump-Out Service?

Business decision-makers may need assistance from a fuel tank pump-out service for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons include:

  • Fuel transfer: The first reason you might want to have fuel pumped out of its current container is if you’re planning to move the fluid into a brand-new tank. Fuel vessels can wear out eventually or outlive their usefulness as needs and specifications change. As a result, you may need a service that can help you transfer good fuel from one location to another.
  • A tank leak: Another situation that requires pump-out services is a leaking tank. If your tank has a leak, you’ll need to remove the fuel quickly and have the issue fixed. Our services help you save this fuel before it can leak out, and then we’ll repair the damage so you can keep using the tank.   
  • A contaminated tank: Underground storage tanks are often vulnerable to corrosion, which can contaminate your fuel. Contaminated fuel tanks lower efficiency rates and cause unwanted downtime for your organization. Pump-out services remove the fluid so you can have the necessary cleaning or repairs done.

Process of a Tank Pump-Out

Tank pump-out services involve removing fuel from an aboveground or underground storage tank. Usually, the tank will have access points where hoses can take out the fluid. Before removing all the fuel, our professionals will check for sludge and debris build-up as well as any other potential issues that your tank could have.

Pumping out the entire tank might be necessary if you have a large amount of sediment or bacteria backed up inside. This will call for a full cleaning service to prevent the development of mold.

Signs of Tank Contamination

Pump dispenser filters for fuel tanks are known to last a year or more under the right conditions. If your tank has been fouled by sludge, sediment or bacteria, these filters can become clogged and require more frequent changes. This is often the first sign that your storage container needs to be cleaned.

Fuel performance and efficiency losses are also signs of contamination. These can indicate that the ethanol in your fuel has absorbed too much water. When ethanol-based fuel soaks up water, the ethanol will ultimately sink to the bottom, leaving users and consumers to suck out a high concentration of water. A contaminated fuel sample will usually have a cloudy appearance.

And lastly, it should be noted that having your fuel tested and analyzed by a professional is the best sign of tank contamination. Having the fuel tested and analyzed regularly will guard against any sustained contamination which can end up being very costly in the long run.

Reach Out to Foster Fuels Mission Critical Division Today

If you believe that your underground storage tank needs to be cleaned or repaired, we have tank pump-out services ready to help. Contact us to learn more or request service.

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