Why Gas Station Owners Need to Add Fuel Tank Cleaning on Their List of Services

Gas station owners understand the importance of fuel tank cleaning, which is why most clean their tanks in-house. Since you already have the tools and equipment, why not add it to your list of services? This is a competitive service, because it’s one that most mechanics and garages can’t accommodate—making it an excellent new stream of revenue.

Filters Simply Can’t Catch All Contaminants

Even if a driver is consistent and up-to-date with all scheduled and preventative maintenance, changing the fuel filter simply isn’t enough to catch all contaminants. Every type of vehicle or commercial fuel filter varies, but most stocks and strainers are only designed to catch contaminants that are about the thickness of human hair. The problem with this is that many contaminants are much smaller. Inline filters do a better job, and catch particles 25 percent smaller than human hair, but some have a small surface area and therefore a limited capacity.

Cleaning Removes All Sorts Of Contaminants

Over time old fuel tanks, improperly maintained fuel tanks, or fuel tanks that sit without use or new fuel become contaminated with debris, rust, and sediment. These contaminants can create sludge that restricts flow and makes your fuel pump work harder than required, which can led to a failed fuel pump. Even when replaced, the internal contaminants need to be resolved or the new pump will fail sooner than expected.

Your Gas Station Could Provide Several Fuel Tank Cleaning Services

There are multiple fuel tank services you could provide, either by walk-in or appointment. This could include:

  • Standard cars and trucks
  • Commercial cars and trucks
  • Above ground tanks
  • Mobile generator tanks
  • Farm equipment tanks
  • Skid tanks
  • Waste oil tanks

To further expand your options, you could invest in reconditioning equipment, tank leak detection services, and even mobile tank cleaning services for below ground tanks—or tanks that are cumbersome to transport.

Creating A Custom Fuel Cleaning Schedule

To best serve your customers and effectively market fuel tank cleaning, you must create a guideline for how frequently tanks need to be cleaned. Some states require commercial tanks to be cleaned every 3 to 5 years, but that is not necessarily frequently enough to adequately maintain sludge. There is not a one-size fits all schedule, and your suggestion will vary depending upon a variety of factors:

  • Age of the vehicle or tank
  • The last time the tank was cleaned
  • The type of fuel
  • Frequency of driving, dispensing, and usage
  • Type of driving; short-distance or long-haul
  • Contamination test results

Don’t Forget Your Short-Term Fuel Storage And Additional Safe Disposal

Tanks will need to be fully drained before they can be cleaned, meaning that you will may need to provide short-term fuel storage options, or increase the capacity and frequency of your toxic waste disposal.

You will need to put a clear system in place and possibly invest in some new equipment, but adding fuel tank cleaning can be an excellent way to grow your business.

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