July 17, 2015
As the age-old saying goes, "goodnight, sleep tight, don't let the diesel bugs bite!". Well, not quite!
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!
Firstly, keep your heating oil, diesel, gas oil or Adblue tank topped up (which isn’t as strange as it sounds) as the biggest risk of water comes from condensation, empty tanks have more wall space exposed so they have more of a problem with sludge.
Secondly, use a good quality additive especially designed to combat microbial contamination. Rix Biocide Anti Bug Protect / Kill from Rix Petroleum not only eliminates those pesky bugs, but protects your tank and system with its anti-corrosion properties. Most importantly, Rix Biocide Anti Bug Protect / Kill 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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