Your poly diesel fuel tank, among many other kinds of liquid fuel storage systems, is likely to provide aerobic and anaerobic bacteria the ideal place for them to thrive in. If such an infestation occurs inside your liquid storage tank and it remains untreated for some time, it will run the risk of developing dirty slime, beginning first in the affected area and in just a short time its coverage will spread to other areas.
If such a thing happens, it will create a risk of getting its way to your tanks filters and strainers, and clog them in the process. Aside from such kind of inconvenience, it can also create the risk of fuel spoilage and tank corrosion.
Defining Microbial Growth in Fuel Storage and Tanks
Poly diesel fuel tanks and other similar system solutions have a crucial role to play in farming, marine and fleet operations. Such kinds of liquid storage systems will help you save time and money by securing the quality and safety of your liquid fuel or stored petrochemical product. These types of liquids are highly sensitive and thus require no less than an effective strategy for maintenance so that they can function properly and thus be able to deliver your required results.
Microbial infestation in a liquid storage and containment facility can only be triggered by the presence of bacteria and fungus inside it. Bacteria and fungus will thrive inside your fuel tank because they have your fuel as their primary source of food. Besides gasoline, these microorganisms also thrive in diesel fuel and kerosene and are likely to grow and spread even faster in those.
Diesel fuel, though, is not likely to be used by bacteria as their primary source of food simply because they contain lead and perhaps all the other elements that it comes with will not be suitable for them as they act as a poison to the bacteria.
Since their original habitat is the soil, these microbes can easily and conveniently get themselves to become airborne. For this reason, all liquid fuels must, at some point, have them to a certain degree. The spores they have, in their natural state, are not likely going to bring any harm to us. But when the time comes that they are about to germinate, it is then that things about them will start to become complicated.
The looming question here is, what exactly are the factors that are likely to trigger bacterial growth in your diesel fuel? Experts say that 3 factors may engender this kind of development. The first obvious reason here is water presence, regardless of how scanty its amount is. The second trigger would be a food source, which as mentioned earlier is the liquid fuel itself. The third element would be the correct temperature range for them to grow, that is from 10C or 50F to -40 or 104F.
If water vapor is contained within a diesel fuel tank condenses, it will create a condition that is suitable for microbial growth. With this happening, it will contaminate your fuel storage system. It has to reach severe contamination so that these microbes and similar microorganisms will grow and propagate.
No matter what, water and oil in fuel will never mix. However, these microbes are likely to thrive instead in the fuel-water interface, and they usually from right at the bottom of the tank.