Fuel Problem…algae in the tank and plugged filters?

Addressing the Issue

In every fuel tank, microbial colonies have the potential to flourish. While microbes are ubiquitous, they require fuel and water to proliferate. When water is present in the tank, these microbes find optimal conditions for growth, leading to fuel contamination and tank degradation. Factors such as warm weather and the use of biofuels can exacerbate this issue. Once established, eradicating these colonies becomes challenging. Some assessments suggest that microbial activity can consume up to 1% of the fuel investment while rendering the remainder unusable.

Understanding Microbial Needs

Microbial colonies thrive at the junction of fuel and accumulated water at the tank’s base, forming a conducive “rag layer.” This layer provides an ideal environment for their proliferation. Elevated temperatures further expedite their growth. Microbial growth isn’t restricted to diesel fuel alone; biodiesel, derived from organic sources, offers rich sustenance for these organisms, contributing to the uptick in biological growth incidents. Even petrol diesel isn’t immune, particularly when fuel remains stagnant.

Addressing the Challenge

In the depths of fuel tanks, microbial colonies find a fertile ground where fuel and free water meet, fostering their growth. This symbiotic relationship between microbes and water creates what is known as a “rag layer,” a perfect habitat for their proliferation. Warmer climates and the presence of biofuels further encourage this process, making it even more crucial to tackle the issue.

Microbial growth isn’t discriminatory; it can thrive in any diesel fuel. However, biodiesel, derived from plant and animal fats, offers an especially nourishing environment for these organisms, contributing to the escalating instances of biological contamination observed in recent times. Petro diesel is not immune either, particularly when left stagnant.

Left unchecked, microbial colonies can wreak havoc, devouring fuel reserves and causing significant damage to the tank structure. Some estimates suggest that they can consume up to 1% of your fuel investment, leaving the rest compromised.

The initial step in combating this challenge is to accurately diagnose its presence and severity. From there, effective strategies can be implemented to mitigate further damage and restore the integrity of the fuel system.