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What Causes Fuel Contamination and How to Spot It

Water Contamination
Many businesses rely on fuel systems in order to get their work done. Unfortunately, however, fuel systems can sometimes become contaminated. To help guard against fuel system contamination, you should be aware of the common causes of this problem.
Likewise, knowing how to spot contaminated fuel is also useful. When you know the warning signs of a contaminated fuel system, you increase the likelihood that you will spot the issue early on and be able to fix it before serious problems develop.
Water Contamination
Water seems like a pretty innocuous thing. It's so benign, in fact, that most people don't think it could possibly do harm. When present in fuel systems, however, water can be very harmful.
Many types of fuel absorb water easily. While this might not seem like a major problem, when the water makes its way out of the fuel, it can cause pressure and other problems within the fueling system.
The water will also constantly changes its state, which can lead to unpredictable performance from your system - the last thing you want when dealing with something as sensitive and potentially volatile as fuel. 
The most common way that water enters fueling systems is through humidity, so those operating in humid climates need to be especially careful about this risk. Monitor of the water level in the fuel to make sure no moisture builds up.
Bacterial Contamination
Unfortunately, when it comes to your fueling system, water isn't the only thing that you have to worry about. Sometimes, bacteria can enter the fueling system. This issue is especially common when the fuel being used has already been degraded or is not high quality in nature.
Once bacteria infiltrates the fueling system, it can grow and spread quickly. This issue is so common that it is often referred to as the diesel flu or diesel bug.
When bacterial contamination is present, you will find that your system does not use fuel nearly as efficiently as it once did. As a result, your system will be less efficient as a whole, and your operating costs will go up. For these reasons, this is a problem you will want to take care of quickly.
Warning Signs
While fuel contamination is a serious problem, it is also not easily detected unless you know what to look for. By making yourself aware of the warning signs of fuel contamination, you could prevent a serious and potentially permanent problem with your fueling system.
One major warning sign of fuel contamination is fuel that looks overly dark or cloudy. Healthy, uncontaminated fuel is clear and easy to see through.
You should also take note if you find that your fueling system required more money or time to operate than usual. A slow-down in terms of efficiency is a major sign that something isn't right. Excessive smoking of your fueling system or smoke that is a different color or thicker than usual is also cause for alarm.
In fact, any changes that you notice with your fueling system should be checked out by a professional. Even if contamination isn't the issue, fuel systems that undergo serious changes are experiencing some kind of problem.
The key is not to ignore any problems or changes with your fueling system. At the first sign of trouble, get some professional help. A professional can help you to determine if contamination is present and, if so, what's causing it. Then, you and your appointed professional can come up with a plan to permanently fix the issue.
For help with your fueling system, remember that you can always call on the experts at R & R Petro Services, Inc.