The Cleaning Process of an Above Ground Fuel Storage Tank

The engine of your car, bus, truck or any vehicle or machine operating using petroleum or diesel has started misbehaving; there are several reasons behind this behavior of the engine. Maybe you are feeding contaminated fuel. Contaminated fuel costs a boatload of dollars on the repair of the engine. But you are buying fuel from a reliable supplier and you also checked the quality of fuel before filling the tank. Plus, you have inspected the every part of the engine. Everything is fine. Most probably, the contaminated fuel is the real culprit. The fuel might get contaminated into the poorly maintained above ground fuel storage tank.

Regular maintenance and cleaning of the extended range fuel tank are crucial. So today, let’s learn how to clean and maintain the above ground fuel tank.

Preparing for Pre-Cleaning600-environmental-tank-removal-20

Before you start cleaning it, there are several important tasks that should be completed. First of all, the in charge of the crew should convene an on-site meeting to plan the cleaning. This meeting should be convened to discuss all potential complications and possible safety issues. The outcome of the assessment of these issues will assist in ensuring the safety of the crew and the tank. The crew in charge should document all these issues and assign responsibilities to different crew members after creating a health and safety plan.

The Right Cleaning Process for Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank   

The cleaning of small fuel tanks is very easy. However, the cleaning of large fuel storage tank is a strenuous job. Once the crew is ready to start the job, 2 or 3 members of the crew shall bring all required equipment such as pressure washer, a vacuum truck, rescue gear, SCBA system, personal safety equipment and more. The manway is the only way to enter and exit the pump. The crew should use a special device to monitor the air pressure throughout the cleaning process.339

After all equipment has been set up, now squeegees should be used for guiding recoverable towards the vacuum hose of the truck. Once this part is done, deploy a pressure washer to clean the interior effectively and thoroughly. Dividing the tank into sections and cleaning each section separately will prevent the contamination of the area that has already been cleaned. In the last step, the vacuum truck is used for removing contaminated rinse water.

The fuel is likely to get contaminated if it is stored in a poorly maintained tank. It can also have adverse effects on the life and performance of the engine. Therefore, the tank should be cleaned and maintained to the best possible conditions.

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