Tank sludge is one of the most common problems experienced by fuel tank owners and if not treated early on, it can cause big problems.

For many businesses, keeping on top of your fuel tank is not the top of your agenda. But with such a regular turnaround of fuel it may not be obvious that your tank is becoming contaminated or degraded.

Without proper testing and cleaning, sludge can build up at the bottom of your fuel tank which can be hard to spot.

With sludge, microbial contaminants are often present which can increase the risk of degrading your fuel, reducing equipment efficiency and increasing costs.

When was the last time you had your fuel tank tested and cleaned?

The tell-tale signs include:

Dark and cloudy fuel
Rusting or holes around fuel tank
Blocked filters
Changes in vehicle behaviour i.e. sputtering
Slimy filters

fuel tank sludge build-up

What causes tank sludge?

Rust, dirt and oxidation of hydrocarbons in oil
It’s more likely to form when water is in the fuel
Water can cause microorganisms to grow
These microbes sink to the bottom of the tank and build up with dirt or rust and form sludge

How to prevent tank sludge

Get your tank cleaned regularly by professionals – prevent dirt and rust contamination
Replace your tank – if your tank is corroded it’s best to get a new one. If maintained properly, it should last for a good few years
Store your tank indoors – this will protect your tank against cold temperatures which cause water contamination
Choose a reliable supplier – make sure you buy your oil of a reputable company who provide high-quality fuels and oils

What to do if your tank has got sludge build-up?

If your business depends on a steady supply of high-quality fuel, you can’t risk it becoming contaminated and potentially damaging equipment and increasing business costs. You can’t afford to rely on poor quality fuel.

Contact Crown Environmental who will professionally and efficiently clean your fuel supply. Our fuel polishing service causes minimal disruption and will restore your fuel back to perfection.

What are the benefits of fuel polishing?

 Eliminates the need to replace your fuel
 Fast, effective and completely non-disruptive
 The most cost-effective fuel remedial service

fuel tank sludge build-upHow does fuel polishing work?

Fuel polishing is done through filtration and depolymerisation. Fuel is filtered through a series of increasingly finer filters to move water, sediment and microbial contamination to get a ‘clean’ result of a filtration level of 1 micron absolute.

Once the filtration part has complete, our fuel polishing unit uses advanced depolymerising technology to break down polymers that materialise from when fuel degrades. This process polishes the fuel back to clean, optimised fuel you can rely on.

Your fuel will return back to its clear and bright appearance, showing no signs of free water, particulates or sediment.

Think your fuel tank might contain sludge? Then give us a quick call on 0845 872 3344 and we can help!