Having a diesel generator standing by to ensure your home or business continues to have power during power outages is a tremendous advantage. Storing fuel for your generator is a necessary part of having your generator on standby. Today we at Environmental Power Solutions would like to offer some tips regarding storing your diesel fuel for your generator.
Tips for Storing Diesel Fuel
Keeping your generator handy for emergencies defeats the purpose without fuel reserves, and properly stored. Improperly stored fuel can pose a problem which is why it is crucial to ensure it is stored correctly.
1) Diesel Fuel Storage. As soon as diesel fuel leaves the refinery it begins to oxidize. Sediments form in the diesel that can irreparably damage your generator as it oxidizes. By keeping your diesel fuel at cooler temperatures (below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, you can delay the oxidation. The diesel fuel generally lasts around 6-12 months. Bearing this in mind, it is in your better interest to know how long the duel has been in your tank in addition to the storage.
2) Stabilizing the Fuel. The use of biocides and stability treatments can extend the lifespan of your fuel if you are trying to prolong the shelf life of your diesel reserves. Blocking harmful sediments from forming, biocides actively attack diesel fuel bacteria growth, making it necessary. Meanwhile, the fuel stability treatments will prevent the chemical level break down of your diesel. Additionally, it is essential that you ensure your storage tanks are efficiently maintained. A very real threat for any diesel storage unit is the water contamination that can occur over time. Empty space allows moisture to accumulate, so experts recommend that consumers minimize the empty space inside your storage tank. Degradation of fuel quality is just one of the problems that can ensue from unwanted water within the tank in addition to a host of other problems.
3) Regulation of the Storage and Tank. Varying from state to state, the regulations on fuel storage units can be different. As the laws and policies differ throughout the country, you should take the time learn your local guidelines before installing or placing the storage tank on the property. You’ll need to know whether your tank is underground, bunkered or above ground before purchasing and storing your diesel fuel. The appropriate actions for repair, alteration or reconstruction, whether it meets the local structural and leak prevention measures are all considerations that must follow suit with the law.
4) Best Conditions for Storing Diesel. There are several other considerations that go into safely storing your diesel fuel, in addition to storing your diesel fuel at slightly cooler temperatures. Your diesel should be stored in an isolated area. It’s a good idea to build some kind of canopy or enclosure around the tank to keep water out and reduce the amount of direct sunlight striking your tank if you are utilizing an above ground tank. You’ll want to be sure it’s situated on a slab or raised surface to help with accessibility, providing your tank is situated below your genset. To make sure moisture hasn’t built up on the inside, never let water pool at the top or on the sides of your diesel tank and check inside the tank regularly in order to avoid the water buildup. Ensure your tank is stored far away from every point of ignition. In the event there is an electrical outlet, have an electrician inspect them for safety.