By Brook, James
17/07/2015

Don’t let the diesel fuel bugs bite!

They grow as you sleep; they breed as you work. Whatever you do they are lurking in the darkest corner of your garden, waiting silently to wreak their havoc.

They are the diesel bugs, and they are coming to an oil tank near you … unless you stop them.

They might sound like an evil character in a children’s cartoon but diesel bugs are actually real. They are a mixture of microbes and fungi that grow in your oil tank during the summer and left untreated they corrode tanks and block pipes. 

They breed when fuel oil is contaminated with water and a single spore can reproduce around 260,000 clones in as little as six hours. As they are doing this they consume tank lining and coatings for the mineral content, and create waste which forms a dark sludge that blocks fuel lines and plugs filters, seriously damaging your heating efficiency. Water also causes rust inside the tank and pipes, shortening their lifespan considerably.

But fear not, this chaos is easily avoided. First, top up your tank, which isn’t as strange as it sounds, as the biggest risk of water comes from condensation. As empty tanks have more wall space exposed, they always have more of a problem with sludge. Plus, ordering in summer gives the added benefits of avoiding the winter rush and paying a lower price for your fuel, but always remember to leave enough room for oil to expand in the warm weather.

Next, use a good quality additive especially designed to combat microbial contamination. Rix Biocide and Biocide Plus not only eliminates those pesky bugs, but protects your tank and system with its anti-corrosion properties. Most importantly, Rix Biocide gets to work instantly and begins to break down sludge deposits already forming in the tank. 

So there you go, two simple steps and your store is all set to last the summer. Now you can enjoy your holidays knowing you won’t be bugged by the critters in your tank when the cold weather sets in

 

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