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Stored Fuels Bring Problems

Fuel professionals and businesses that rely on stored fuel know there are problems they have to deal with. Today’s fuel isn’t what it used to be and there’s nothing they can do about it. But that’s not to say there aren’t effective solutions (and ways to predict/detect problems) to address those fuel and tank problems at hand and eliminate the associated headaches.

Whether they store the fuel for their own business use (like fleets, utilities, or critical-use installations) or provide services for a customer base that stores fuel of their own (like fuel polishers or generator service companies), they need to know what their options are for fixing those problems and minimizing their impact on their business.

Do you store your own fuel? Do you have customers who do?

If you’re a “direct fuel storage” company, you store the fuel for your own use. Any problems that arise with your storage tank and stored fuel have a direct impact on how you do business. You need to make sure the fuel quality lasts as long as you need it to. You don’t need unexpected equipment shutdowns from microbial growth in your storage tank. You want to protect your storage tank from corrosion damage, especially the kind of vapor phase corrosion damage that’s increasingly being seen in the last ten years.  These are just some of the issues you either have personal experience with or will have a high chance of seeing at some point in the near future. 

Maybe your business involves servicing other people’s engines and equipment that use stored fuel. You might even be a fuel distributor who provides the fuel they use.  Now you’ve got a whole new realm of concern – how these kinds of fuel problems (that your customers are battling) will indirectly impact your business and your relationship with those customers.

If you do provide fuel, making sure the fuel you supply is problem-free is Job #1.  You’ve probably had that well under control for years.  But if your customers have infected fuel storage tanks or other tank-borne issues, there’s a chance those are going to adversely affect the fuel you put in their tanks. And people never look at themselves first when they’re assigning blame for a problem. They look at people like you.  It wasn’t their tank, it was your bad fuel.

This is even more true if your business centers on servicing engines and equipment.  If that equipment doesn’t run properly, no matter what the reason, you get the blame first. Your customers’ stored fuel problems are now your own, whether you like it or not.

Luckily, there are solutions and best practices that can minimize their impact. Do you know what they are? If not, you’re not alone. Petroleum chemistry isn’t your main business, so why would you be expected to be intimately familiar with the intricacies of stored fuel optimization? And how confident are you that you could recognize these problems, in real-time, if and when they happen to you?  How well do you know what you need to be looking for?

In the 100+ years, we’ve been solving fuel problems, these are some of the short and dirty answers we’ve found.

Water in your tank = bad news – When you check your tank and find the presence of a water phase in the bottom, it’s a sure sign those microbe problems may not be far behind, because microbes can easily establish themselves once they have any amount of water in the tank.

Changes in filter change frequency – Microbes in storage tanks form biomass and other contaminants that easily plug filters.  Any sudden change in the frequency with which you have to change your fuel or tank filters is a sure sign that something in there isn’t as it should be.

Corresponding changes In engine performance – The monitoring of equipment performance is central to any business’ operating plan. You know what to expect from your trucks and generators.  If the fuel usage suddenly increases or the equipment/engines aren’t operating the way they used to, something is causing that. it’s time to look at the fuel in your storage tank.

There are other signs you can point to in addition to these. When you recognize any of these, you know it’s time to take action to head off a developing fuel problem.

Understanding your options is critical to solving your problem with the best solution

And that means you need to know not only what your options are, but what the best option is and why it’s the best one for you.

The best options will be highly effective at fulfilling their benefit claims while being cost-effective. Keep in mind that cost-effectiveness can also mean high ROI. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the best solution in the world if you can’t make room for it in your budget.

The right solution if you store your own fuel

The most commonly seen fuel and tank problems - poor fuel storage life, tank corrosion damage, microbial growth in fuel and fuel tanks – those situations need solutions.  The right solutions will also address an even-greater concern for businesses that rely on stored fuel to do what it needs to do on-demand – potential lapses in equipment reliability.  Depending on the application, this is where the real danger lies.  It’s one thing to have to replace fuel filters on buses twice as often. But that pales in comparison to the cost of an emergency generator shutting down during a crisis because its stored fuel couldn’t sustain the necessary load. That’s the kind of thing that keeps operations managers and business owners awake at night.

The right solutions for servicing your customers’ stored fuel & equipment

Service companies need the best options because their credibility with their customers is, arguably, their most important asset.  They want to keep re-treat service calls to a minimum, reducing the times they have to go back out to a fuel storage site because the microbes or sludge or other problems came back unexpectedly. These instances cost time and money and cause headaches.  Service companies want to avoid all the unnecessary service calls that come with their customers calling them with what turns out to be a fuel-related problem. What service manager wants to deal with an irate emergency customer call on Thanksgiving Day?

The right solutions are the right solutions because they minimize the chances of these things happening.  The right solutions are the right solutions because they are based on established best practices that the industry has learned from years of seeing what really works vs. what doesn’t.

Another hurdle – a lack of time and personnel

Yet companies and stored fuel users considering all of this face yet another big hurdle - Not having the time to worry about whether they’re really doing the best thing for their fuel.  Not having the staff and personnel resources to implement best practices properly.  They’re too busy getting business done to worry about what’s not a crisis in the here and now.  And they may not have the intellectual capital to know what the best options are and are not – a fancy way of saying they’re experts at what they do, they’re not experts at improving stored fuel and preventing fuel problems.  

Lack of Information on Microbe Problems and Their Solutions

The microbe presence in storage tanks is such that they rarely get addressed before big problems become a reality.  For many years, even if you knew with certainty you had a microbe problem, the only way to know for sure (and to know if whatever you tried to do for a solution had eliminated it) were either clunky and unreliable dip slide tests or expensive lab tests that would have you waiting weeks for results. Luckily, this undesirable situation looks like it's getting ready to change...

What kinds of options are available? Prevention is always cheaper than the alternative

The best options – what we might also term Best Practice Options - usually have some kind of prevention element built into them. Typically, prevention isn’t valued the way it should be. People are predisposed to preferring fixed costs over the uncertainty of greater, but undefined, savings. It’s part of the psychology of spending money (buying decisions). People are less likely to want to spend money now to prevent or keep something from happening – to keep it unseen.  Success there is when nothing happens.

It’s also a fact proven out time after time – prevention costs less and causes fewer headaches than a cure. It can cost $14,000 or more to polish and fix a stored fuel problem in a medium-sized tank.  Compare that to less than $1,000 for preventive maintenance, including ASTM testing and preventive chemical treatment, to prevent the problem in the first place. Plus, factor in the headaches and the secondary expenses that, now, won’t happen because the business was smart to spend a little on the preventive side.  Preventive maintenance programs for fuel – Fuel PM – are the smart option that saves money in the long run.

Fuel PM also provides budgetary certainty that’s a tangible value for businesses.  We expect to spend money to keep equipment running at its best. Nobody runs a fleet and never changes the oil or fluids.  Nobody spends thousands on a backup generator without expecting to include an additional small cost for a service contract to ensure it works in top form when needed.  Why wouldn’t you do the same for your stored fuel? Especially when you consider how important that stored fuel is to your business and what you need to get done.

The value of the right solutions

Prevention is always easier when you have access to the right tools and knowledge.

The value of the right solutions looks different depending on what business you’re in.  If you store fuel for your own use, the right solutions are going to keep your equipment going and help you do what you need to do.  If you rely on emergency or critical-use stored fuel for this, the value of the right solutions will be even greater (because the costs of failure are greater). 

If you service the engines and equipment of your existing customer base, the value of the right solutions will be reflected, at least in part, in your customers’ expectations being met and their fuels performing properly on demand.

These right options that we keep referring to – what are they? Industry best practices specify two categories of ideal solutions – Chemical vs. Mechanical.  As you’ll see, they both are important pieces of the puzzle. And you’ll also see that your most complete solution for stored fuels may not rely just on one of them alone.

Stored Fuel Chemical Treatment

No good preventive maintenance program for fuel can ignore the value of chemical fuel treatments. Chemical fuel treatments can do things effectively that mechanical fuel processing simply cannot do. And we’ll see later that the converse is also true. Both of them are necessary pieces of the Best Practice puzzle.

Chemical fuel treatments use established petroleum chemistry to alter either what’s happening in the fuel itself or what it does in an engine.  At this point, you’re aware of the problems you’re facing with your stored fuel or storage tanks.  Poor fuel storage life (“instability”).  Microbial presence in the storage tank leading to a myriad of issues.  Tank corrosion, especially vapor space corrosion. Water presence. Poor engine operation from inadequate cetane rating.  Poor engine operation from engine deposits attributed to fuel sludge and varnishes.

These are all problems that chemical treatments can effectively address. Let’s start by considering chemical treatments that help protect and improve the fuel in storage.

Fuel Stabilizers – These stop the chemical reactions in diesel fuel that cause gums, varnishes and sludge to form. A good fuel stabilizer can significantly extend the amount of time that fuel can be stored before it darkens and forms these harmful deposits. Indeed, it is considered essential, not optional, to treat stored fuels with stabilizers.

Biocides – Microbes in fuel tanks are, arguably, the number one problem facing stored fuels today.  Part of the reason they’re so problematic is that they are impossible to get rid of unless you add a chemical biocide treatment to kill them. As such, biocides are an essential weapon to keep stored fuels healthy and problem-free.

Sludge and Biomass Dispersants – Sludge buildup in storage tanks can plug filters and cause the stored fuel to lose energy fuel (because the sludge was once part of the stored fuel’s composition but came out of the stored fuel).  Chemical sludge dispersant treatments absorb and disperse tank sludge back into the fuel, cleaning the tank and fuel distribution system over time. The best sludge dispersants also have a “biomass dispersant” function, where they break up biomass formations produced by microbes.  When used in conjunction with a biocide, the effectiveness of that biocide is greatly enhanced. This means the benefits to the stored fuel user are enhanced, as well.

Water Dispersants – Given that water presence in storage tanks is linked to a host of problems, it is always a best practice recommendation to remove as much water as possible. But even if you’re able to manually drain off most of the water, it’s very difficult to get it all out of the storage tank. Chemical water dispersants are useful to finish the job, scavenging the remaining water and absorbing it into the fuel where it can be burned off as steam.

In addition to these kinds of chemical treatments for improving stored fuel health, there are other chemical treatments that are added while the fuel is in storage, but which function to improve the performance of the fuel when it is being used (i.e. inside the engine).  These can include:

Cetane Improvers – A diesel fuel’s cetane rating is an index reflection of how well it burns in the engine (similar to what octane tells us about gasoline).  Stored diesel fuel can lose cetane value over time, which creates the potential for problems if the diesel fuel is called on to power emergency equipment and vehicles. It is impossible for a diesel engine to function optimally while running on diesel fuel with subpar cetane rating.  If the cetane rating is low enough, it may not even sustain the engine while running.  Luckily, this is easily remedied with a chemical cetane improver. Cetane improvers have been used for decades in the industry, and their chemistry is well-documented.  Not only that, but the benefits of a higher cetane fuel are readily and immediately apparent - smoother, quieter engine operation, easier startup (especially in cold weather), and more power during engine or vehicle operation.

Detergent Packages – Detergent packages are essential to keeping engines clean and running properly. This is especially true of injector detergents. There are highly effective chemical treatments that deliver injector and combustion chamber detergents into stored fuel to provide extra benefit to vehicles and equipment that use them.  Many times, these detergent packages will be combined into stock multifunction chemical treatments that can provide multiple benefits. Rather than treat individual engines, these multi-functionals are simply added to the stored fuel tank to ensure they get to the vehicles.

These are, by no means, the only available options.  There are fuel treatment chemicals that address nearly any kind of fuel-related problem.  But it is important to keep a proper perspective.  There are some additive manufacturers who, in the interests of boosting their sales, may inflate expectations of what additives can really do.  Additives cannot do everything, and there are some situations where one might achieve better results by taking a different approach.  This is where mechanical treatment comes in.

Mechanical fuel and tank treatment

Mechanical treatment of fuel and tanks simply means using specialized equipment to remove water and contaminants from the fuel and storage tank. Fuel storage professionals may recognize this as similar to the services provided by fuel polishers.  Here, a technician will use equipment to remove water and sludge layers from the bottom of the tank, sequestering these into drums for later disposal.  Then the fuel itself will be circulated through a series of high performance filters that are highly effective at removing water and asphaltene content from the fuel itself. 

Many times, it is more efficient to use mechanical equipment to remove contaminants from the fuel than to rely solely on chemical treatments to do that. A good mechanical fuel processing that is properly executed by a well-trained professional can take fuel with excessive levels of water and sediment and easily bring it back within the legal specifications. This alone makes mechanical fuel processing an essential piece of the best practice puzzle.

Fuel-Pulse Stored Fuel Testing - Getting Rid Of The Guesswork With Your Fuel 

As valuable as chemical and mechanical treatments are, there’s a third necessary element that cannot be ignored.  Stored fuel can be an out-of-sight, out-of-mind proposition for many. While you’re tending to other things, the quality of your stored fuel is declining and under attack by some of the elements we’ve mentioned before – microbes, water, air, formation of sludge, and varnishes.

It’s important to monitor the quality of your stored fuel, but how do you do that?  Many people don’t even do something as simple as a visual or sensory check of the fuel’s condition on a regular basis. Sometimes that’s all it takes to give you a clue that something’s going on in the storage tank that you need to do something about.

But just sensory checking your fuel periodically will only tell you so much. It won’t give you exact information on the condition of your fuel.  It won’t tell you if your stored fuel still meets specifications or if it’s about to fail. Maybe it’s already out of spec – how do you really know? You suspect that you might have a microbe problem in your storage tank, but how much are you going to rely on hunches and assumptions? Surely there’s something that can give you a more clear answer.

If your stored fuel is going to be used to power essential equipment during an emergency, how confident are you that it’s going to do what you need it to do if you don’t know what condition it’s really in?

Knowing the great need out there for a reliable partner to guide stored fuel users, in 2019 Bell Fuel & Tank Services introduced its Fuel-Pulse fuel testing department. Fuel-Pulse functions to get rid of the guesswork with stored fuel when it comes to fuel testing.

Fuel-Pulse Stored Fuel Testing - An Essential Piece of the Puzzle

The third essential arm for proper fuel management is stored fuel testing.  This is the diagnostic piece of the puzzle and it’s an essential support for everything else that stored fuel users need to be doing.  It's so essential that Bell FTS created a completely new division - Fuel-Pulse - to meet the needs of stored fuel customers head-on.

When it comes to fuel testing, if businesses are doing anything at all, they're lucky if they're doing something as simple as sticking their tanks for water.  This is why microbial fuel problems, especially, are rampant in stored fuel at levels not ever really seen before.  Stored fuel users aren't experts in this area; they don't really know what to do.  The Fuel-Pulse division of Bell Fuel & Tank Services provides an expert voice of guidance in all the areas of fuel testing - not just what to do, but also what it means.

That's how Fuel-Pulse completes the stored fuel puzzle. Customers know what to look for and they also know what it means, for them. 

Periodic microbial monitoring can be as important and useful as sticking your tanks for water on a regular basis - they can tell you if you’re getting ready to face a microbe problem or not.

Fuel tests, both physical (like cetane index) and microbial detection (like ATP testing) at the start of a service process are important to show you exactly what condition your fuel is in.  Not only that, but it also gives you important direction on what you do (and do not) need to do.  Do you need a cetane improver in that diesel fuel?  Do you need to shock your stored fuel with biocide? And with how much?

And fuel tests at the conclusion of service are essential to show you that the fuel is now in the condition it should be. Was the mechanical filtration effective enough to get the fuel back into spec on its water and sediment content? How do you know if you knocked your microbe problem out? (Hint - do a follow-up microbe test).

Knowing exactly what condition your stored fuel is in tells you more precisely what kind of chemical and mechanical treatments are essential to administer (and which ones you do not need).  Fuel testing after any preventive maintenance treatment shows you that your fuel’s condition is improved and by exactly how much.

With fuel testing, you can now have confidence because you know exactly what condition your stored fuel is in. You don’t have to worry if an emergency strikes, because you know it’s going to do what you need it to do. Without fuel testing as the third essential puzzle piece, you’ll never quite have this level of assurance.

The Puzzle Isn’t Complete Without All The Pieces

Chemical additive treatment of stored fuel and mechanical fuel processing.  Both have value, yet both have their limitations that are important to be acknowledged.  Ultimately that means the best solution is rarely chemical fuel treatment alone or mechanical fuel filtration alone.

Chemical fuel additives can’t fix everything, no matter what additive manufacturers say.  For example, water dispersants can be used to absorb the water phase in fuel storage tanks.  But what happens when there are 100 gallons of water in there?  Sure, you could clean all of that up with water dispersant treatment alone, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best or most cost-effective solution.

Mechanical fuel filtering or polishing services are highly effective at doing some things that chemical treatments can’t do.  But they are limited in that they won’t address the root causes of the fuel problems. It won’t keep those problems from coming back soon. 

Chemical fuel treatment is essential for doing what it does.  Mechanical fuel processing is essential to address the areas relevant to it.  And fuel testing can’t be ignored, either.

And Fuel-Pulse fuel testing with microbial monitoring can’t be ignored, either. None of these are a complete solution by themselves.  But what happens when you put all of these approaches together?

Now you do have a complete solution - a Hybrid Solution that ensures you’re getting all the important benefits each method offers while insulating you and your business from the pitfalls of relying solely on one method that isn’t able to give you everything you need.

Knowing The Best Options Can Be Overwhelming

A Hybrid Solution is the best solution for servicing your stored fuel.  But between knowing the right chemical treatments to use, what kind of mechanical processing will give the best benefit for you, and what fuel tests will tell you what you really need to know, there’s a lot that goes into following the best practices for keeping stored fuel in the best condition.  It can be overwhelming when your primary business is different from keeping tabs on your stored fuel’s condition 24-7.  It’s enough to make you not want to worry about it – but you know that’s not an option.

Very few fuel professionals have the ability and the resources to do all of these best practices in addition to getting business done elsewhere. This means it may be wise to partner with someone who can help in this.  Someone with the knowledge and ability to ensure your stored fuel is properly taken care of, to take that off your plate.  Someone who can deliver The Hybrid Approach to protect your stored fuel. 

What Does The Right Partner Look Like?

Between fuel additive manufacturers, fuel polishers and other groups, there are plenty of people willing to “be your partner”. But chemical fuel treatments vs. mechanical treatments (neither one of which does everything you need by itself), rarely have the ability to give you and your stored fuel everything that’s needed on the service side.

Fuel additive manufacturers can make the chemical treatments but they don’t address the need for mechanical fuel processing.  Not to mention many of these fuel additives aren’t exactly the best or most reputable products.

Mechanical fuel treatment companies are companies like fuel polishers; they obviously know about fuel filtration and clean-up, but rarely know everything needed with respect to the best chemical treatments for the fuel itself. And there are plenty of subpar fuel polishers out there.

Then consider that neither one of these groups is really big into the ASTM fuel testing that’s so often legally required of stored fuel users. Not to mention the microbe monitoring protocols that can give their customers a real advantage. They only offer partial solutions. You need a complete solution.

This is where the Bell FTS Program comes in.

Bell Fuel & Tank Services, also known as the Bell FTS Program, was created in 2015 to provide professionals with stored fuel with a knowledgeable partner who’s willing and able to give them exactly what their stored fuel really needs. 

That’s why the Bell FTS Program offers The Hybrid Approach To Fuel Management - everything you (and your stored fuel) need for a complete solution. It’s what sets Bell Fuel & Tank Services apart from all of these other potential partners.

The Bell FTS Program’s Hybrid Approach gives you everything you need and nothing you don’t. It provides the best high-quality, proven chemical solutions in combination with the most effective fuel and tank cleaning processes around. Both are supported by ASTM and other testing methods to define your fuel’s exact problem and show you when it’s solved.

  • Fuel-Pulse diagnostic fuel and microbe testing for a reliable assessment of your problem.
  • High-quality mechanical fuel cleaning to remove water, sludge, and biomass.
  • The most effective fuel treatments available to fix your fuel problem and keep it from coming back.
  • Microbial testing and monitoring options (also through Fuel-Pulse) to give you surety that your fuel’s condition is back to where it should be (and won’t suddenly change).

A typical stored fuel service by Bell Fuel & Tank Services will start with a Fuel-Pulse diagnostic test analysis (including microbial detection) of the condition of the stored fuel.  Depending on what’s needed, high quality mechanical fuel and tank cleaning to remove water, sludge and biomass may be next.  And all during and after this process, the most effective chemical treatments are incorporated to fix identified fuel problems and keep them from coming back.  ASTM fuel testing to document the fuel’s newly-optimal condition finishes out the service.  All of this is backed by the Bell FTS fuel condition guarantee.

Bell FTS customers rest easier knowing their stored fuel problems are solved with the best solution for their situation. So they can spend their time getting back to business.

How do the elements provided by Bell FTS compare to what else is out there? That’s essential information you’ve got to know if you’re going to make the best decision

How do the elements of the Bell FTS program compare to the other options available in the marketplace? Apart from the fact that nobody else offers the complete security of the Bell FTS program’s Hybrid Approach, it also comes down to the quality of the chemical treatments, the security of the mechanical approach, and the reassurance of the program’s ASTM-backed testing protocols.

Advantage #1 - Stored Fuel Chemical Treatment

Bell Fuel & Tank Services customers have confidence knowing their fuel is protected by the best chemicals in the industry. And they have confidence that they’re getting exactly what they need, with chemical treatments backed by over 106 years of experience from Bell Performance - the father of the fuel additive industry.

This quality cannot be overemphasized. Taking the best chemical fuel treatments in the industry and combining them with the other elements of the Bell Fuel & Tank Services program gives Bell FTS customers peace of mind that money can’t buy.

Delivering on this inherent promise means only using chemical fuel treatments that are the best on the market. There are literally thousands of different “fuel additives” vying for space in the market.  They all claim to be the best, yet we know most of those claims don’t hold water. Indeed, market comparisons of other chemical fuel additives of the kind normally used in the Bell FTS program show that there are substantive differences between some of the more well-known names and the high-quality fuel treatments that Bell FTS customers benefit from.


Given how common and how problematic microbes are in storage tanks, a biocide is an essential part of effective chemical fuel treatment.  The best biocides will combine the ability to kill a broad spectrum of problematic microbes in storage tanks, with a quick kill ability that lasts as long as possible. The ideal biocide also works equally well in both the water and fuel phases and is not adversely impacted by acidic fuel conditions (which can arise from severe microbial infestations).

The Bell FTS program incorporates a highly effective biocide that provides the best combination of essential traits (kills quickly, lasts long, works well in all environments) for the customer. 


Fuel stabilizers

Stabilizers are also an essential element of the Bell FTS program.  The best fuel stabilizers, like the one used in the Bell FTS program, will be a combination of active ingredients specifically designed to address the multiple elements that comprise what we think of when we consider “fuel instability”.  Dispersants, acid neutralizers, anti-oxidants, metal deactivators, anti-peroxidals.  Bell FTS customers benefit from having the most effective fuel stabilizers protecting their stored fuel.

These are just two important examples of the superior chemical fuel treatments that set the Bell FTS program and its Hybrid Approach apart from the other options out there for servicing stored fuel.


Advantage #2 – Reliable Mechanical Fuel Processing

The mechanical fuel and tank servicing element of the Bell FTS program goes above and beyond the normal service options offered by typical fuel polishers. Bell FTS technicians remove water, sludge, and biomass from tank bottoms. Multiple filtration options down to 1 micron, including water separating Raycor-type filters, are used to ensure the fuel is clean, bright, and meets all required ASTM specifications.

What separates the mechanical servicing offered by Bell Fuel & Tank Services from specialty fuel polishing services are what FTS customers don’t get. They don’t pay for what they don’t need (because the fuel has been tested and assessed to determine what the problem really is).  They also don’t have to worry about whether they’re being taken advantage of.

Like disreputable additive companies, some fuel polishers give the industry a bad name by using parlor tricks and deceptive practices to fool the customer into thinking either 1) they’ve got a problem they don’t have, or 2) they’ve done a better job than they really have.  You may have seen some of the tricks yourself. Faulty sampling techniques that exaggerate the presence of contaminants in the tank (we’ve seen polishers who take a fuel sample from a tank and manually mix sludge into it before showing the customer how bad their fuel is).  Stopping the service in the middle of the process and declaring the fuel is clean when it really isn’t.

Advantage #3 – Integrated Testing

Speaking of not getting what you don’t need, Bell Fuel & Tank Services stands apart from other options because of its integrated fuel testing element.  Many fuel polishers and tank cleaners don’t even offer this, much less acknowledge its important role in complete fuel PM service.

Bell FTS customers don’t worry about whether the technician has really done what they promised because their fuel has been tested and its condition verified.  The Bell Fuel & Tank Services program uses reliable ASTM testing to give customers answers and peace of mind when it comes to their fuel.  And if a fuel problem does arise, this testing through the Bell Fuel & Tank Services program points to the right solutions to fix fuel problems right the first time.

Put all of these elements together – the most effective chemical treatments, high-quality mechanical fuel and tank servicing, and the best diagnostic testing to pinpoint problems and verify they’ve been fixed – and you can see why Bell Fuel & Tank Services, with its Hybrid Approach, is the best option available.

Advantage #4 – Next Generation Microbe Detection and Monitoring

You can have different service providers who assure you they can treat your stored fuel with a biocide. But without the proper state-of-the-art microbe testing and detection, they’re basically just shooting in the dark and hoping you’ll be satisfied with guesswork.  Customers of Bell Fuel & Tank Services don’t need to rely on guesswork; instead, they can rely on Fuel-Pulse microbial ATP testing technology that's generations ahead of what they used to be limited to.

A proven track record is important

Bell FTS customers don’t worry about the same things customers of other companies or services do because their fuel’s servicing is backed by Bell Performance’s century-long history and track record of customer satisfaction. Whether it’s formulating quality chemical fuel treatments that do what they say they’ll do or making sure the mechanical processing actually does what the customer thinks it’s doing, Bell Performance knows you can’t stay in business for over 100 years without meeting or exceeding customer expectations. Bell FTS customers benefit from the kind of customer satisfaction history that cannot be bought or manufactured; it can only be earned.

The Bell FTS Fuel Quality Guarantee

Customers of the Bell Fuel & Tank Services program are protected by a guarantee to keep the fuel they rely on in clean, stable, and working condition.

Speaking of 100+ years of customer satisfaction, we know a guarantee is only as good as the company standing behind it.  How many times have you bought a product or service that offered a “money-back guarantee” or “satisfaction guaranteed”? Maybe your expectations weren’t met and you had to cash it in, only to find out that guarantee was really just a “yeah but” promise.  Or you went to have them make good on their guarantee and the company wasn’t even around anymore.

Bell Performance knows that a guarantee is a promise from the company to the customer. You don’t offer a guarantee unless you’re willing and able to stand behind it. Bell Fuel & Tank Services customers have peace of mind through the Bell FTS Guarantee:

Bell Fuel & Tank Services guarantees the fuel we treat with our process and protocols will meet applicable ASTM specifications as usable fuel for the duration of our service agreement.  Should we not deliver to those specifications, Bell Fuel & Tank Services will provide additional chemical/mechanical treatment at no additional charge until ASTM specifications are met.

Bell FTS customers know they can rely on Bell Performance’s commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. They don’t have to worry about their fuel and they can focus their efforts on their primary business.

Make sure your fuel does what you need it to when you need it.

Bell Fuel & Tank Services is the cost-effective, fully-managed solution for year-round fuel storage maintenance to ensure 100% equipment operation and 0% fuel problems.  If any of this sounds familiar to you, we welcome the chance to show you why the Bell FTS program may be exactly what you and your stored fuels need.