Basic Generator Fuel Storage Maintenance

Basic Generator Fuel Storage Maintenance

Posted in: Business Continuity Diesel Generators Performance

It is always important to have fuel stored in case the need to use your generator comes up. The best ways to save your fuel is to put it in new fuel cans which you can purchase in just about any hardware or big supermarket out there. Now here comes the tricky question, how do you maintain these containers to make sure that your fuel stays clean?

The main goal of your fuel storage containers can give you is that it prevents the contamination of the water in the fuel. Likewise, you’ll want to ensure that the containers are manufactured solid. Maintaining your fuel storage means that your containers should not easily dent. Dents and tears can lead to holes in which water can seep in and contaminate your fuel or your fuel can seep out and contaminate your home, business, or the environment.

Exposed containers can also lead to sediment build up. If you see sediments settling at the bottom of your storage containers, strain the fuel out to another container and then replace or clean the old container free from the residues. Otherwise, sediments can harden in time which might render your fuel storage useless in the future.

While fuel may deteriorate slowly, there are certain temperatures that each type of fuel should be maintained at to retain the quality. For example, diesel is the most common fuel for commercial generators, and it should be kept at below 70 degrees to best retain quality and minimize acquiring sediments by mixing with air. You can also add additives to better retain fuel quality.

By following the advice of fuel manufacturers, you will benefit from the prolonged quality of the stored fuel that you have. So in the long run, whenever an emergency comes up and you need the services of your generator, you can assure yourself knowing that quality fuel is stored and ready to use.

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