Hey there, weekend warrior. So you’ve got yourself a diesel tank on your property to fuel up your vehicles and equipment. Keeping that tank in working order is important for safety and ensuring you’ve always got diesel when you need it. Neglecting proper maintenance of your diesel tank can lead to sludge buildup, rust, and other issues that reduce storage capacity and contaminate your fuel.
Not to worry, maintaining your diesel tank isn’t complicated or time-consuming if you follow some basic best practices. Performing routine inspections, cleaning, and repairs will keep your tank in tip-top shape for years to come. And the good news is, for the most part you can handle diesel tank maintenance yourself without needing to call in a professional.
Ready to learn the essentials of diesel tank maintenance and keep your fuel fresh and your equipment running? Let’s dive in. With some basic tools and know-how, you’ll be a diesel tank pro in no time.
Proper Installation and Anchoring of Diesel Tanks
Proper installation and anchoring are key to keeping your diesel tank safe and compliant. You’ll want to choose a spot that’s level, accessible, and not in a flood zone. Concrete slabs are best, but a gravel base will also work if it’s compacted properly.
Once you have the perfect spot, it’s time to set up your tank. You’ll secure it to the ground using anchor straps or bolts to prevent shifting or tipping. Burying part of the tank is also an option, but you’ll still want to anchor what’s above ground. Anchors should be placed at least every 6 to 10 feet around the perimeter of the tank.
For small tanks, anchor straps that wrap around the tank and connect to ground anchors on opposite sides are typically sufficient. Larger tanks may require anchor bolts set in concrete to securely fasten the tank in place. As a rule of thumb, anchor points should be able to withstand at least 1.5 times the weight of a full tank.
Proper ventilation and containment are also important. Your tank should have an emergency vent to release built up pressure. Containment dikes or basins will prevent spills from seeping into the soil. The dike should hold at least 110% of the tank’s capacity.
Once installed, do regular inspections of your tank and anchors to ensure everything remains securely in place. Check that hoses and valves are sealed properly and not damaged or corroded. Early detection of any issues will help prevent accidents and keep your diesel storage setup running safely and efficiently.
With the right planning and safety precautions taken during installation, your diesel tank will provide safe on-site fuel storage for years to come. Take your time, follow all regulations, and don’t cut corners – the investment in proper installation now will give you peace of mind down the road.
Preventing Corrosion in Diesel Storage Tanks
To keep your diesel fuel fresh and prevent corrosion in the diesel storage tank, you need to follow some best practices.
First, choose a high-quality tank specifically intended for diesel storage. Steel is a popular choice, but aluminum, polyethylene and fiberglass are also good options. Look for a tank with an epoxy or polyurethane lining to prevent rusting on the inside.
Next, install tank accessories designed for diesel. Things like vents, valves, pumps, gages, filters and containment units should all be compatible with diesel fuel. Using the wrong parts can lead to corrosion, leaks or contamination.
Equally important is keeping your tank full as much as possible. The more air space in the tank, the more opportunity for condensation which leads to corrosion. Keeping the tank 95% full is ideal. If the tank does need to be partially empty for a while, you’ll want to add a biocide to prevent microbial growth.
Routinely inspecting your tank is key. Check for any signs of damage, leaks or spills and test for excess water. Most tanks should be professionally inspected every 1-5 years. You’ll also want to periodically test your diesel fuel to ensure it meets minimum standards. If contaminants are detected, the fuel may need treatment or replacement.
By choosing a high-quality, properly equipped tank, keeping it full, routinely inspecting and testing, you can prevent corrosion and keep your diesel fresh for when you need it. Your equipment and wallet will thank you!