Fuel tanks and other storage systems are common thriving places for aerobic and anaerobic bacteria given the right set of conditions.
When left untreated it can lead to the development of corrosive biomass in the fuel which can clog the filters and strainers in the tank. It can also cause tank corrosion and fuel spoiling.
Inside a storage tank fungi use the product/water interface as a source of food to grow and spread throughout the system. The most common forms of contamination can be found in diesel and kerosene storage tanks but resilient strains have also been known to even contaminate leaded gasoline tanks.
The condensation of water vapor within the storage tanks, in conjunction with the water that has naturally dissolved into the product, provide a breeding ground for harmful microbial growth within the system. Any free water/fuel interface at the bottom of the tank will provide a perfect incubator for unchecked contamination.
Proper and representative sampling as per ASTM D7464 is essential and any testing on these samples must be run within 24 hours of sampling to ensure that any bugs present are kept alive
Based on our analysis we can then help you in determining the most effective products, dosages and treatment intervals to provide you with optimal microbial contamination control.