An essential part of Bell Fuel & Tank Services’ multi-prong approach is mechanical removal of the kind of contaminants that contribute to fuel failure and tank corrosion in long-term stored fuel. The mechanical process is an important step and one that cannot be ignored if you want a comprehensive solution. Indeed, one of the EPA’s key recommendations to fuel storage tank operators seeking to avoid storage tank corrosion and associated fuel problems is to remove contaminants from internal tank surfaces so that essential chemical treatments like biocides and liquid corrosion inhibitors aren’t prevented from doing their jobs.
Just as you need diagnostic testing (to accurately assess the problem and confirm it’s been solved) and high quality chemical treatments (for remediation and prevention), mechanical tank cleaning covers an essential segment of the “best practice” solution, manually removing built-up petroleum sludge, water and biomass in the most efficient method possible.
Bell Fuel & Tank Services’ trained field technicians assess the state of the storage tank and use field-specific equipment to sweep storage tank surfaces and remove sludge, water and other contaminants. Typically, this is done at the start of the service protocol, after tank assessment. Once these contaminants are removed, the storage tank and its fuel inside are in prime position to receive maximum benefit from the proceeding steps in the Bell FTS service program – fuel filtration and chemical treatment.