Plugged filters, free water, darkened fuel and corroded tanks from microbes running unchecked in fuel storage tanks.
Because the stored fuel that companies rely on to operate isn’t what it used to be, you can’t use the “same old” approach when it comes to solving problems. Neither chemical nor mechanical solutions are, in and of themselves, effective in every possible scenario. There is no such thing as “one size fits all” fuel maintenance.
Not only that, but you can’t sit and wait for a problem to appear before you do something about it.
Chemical fuel treatments can do some things well – kill microbes, stabilize fuel. But they can’t do everything by themselves. And anyone who tells you they can is selling you a bill of goods.
On the flip side, mechanical processes like fuel filtration are effective at important things like removing free water and cleaning out fuel tank sludge. But they do nothing for the root causes to keep the problems from coming back.
And you can have both of these yet still not be in the clear because without some kind of fuel testing, it’s impossible to know 1) which solution you need the most and 2) whether the solution you used actually did what you wanted it to.
And not all testing is equally useful. There’s testing for fuel specifications to diagnose problems and infer solutions. But perhaps most importantly, there’s the need for microbe testing, both at regular intervals (preventive monitoring) and during problem resolution. In fact, one could argue that you have very little chance of successfully solving microbe-related fuel problems if you don’t incorporate microbe testing to properly diagnose or confirm the problem. Luckily, stored fuel users have some state-of-the-art options there.
The Bell Fuel & Tank Services program brings to its customers the perfect combination of all of these, in a customizable plan that fits their needs and budget.
The hybrid approach to fuel management ensures they get the best possible solution for the best possible cost.