Diesel Bug

WHAT IS DIESEL BUG

Diesel bug is a microbial contamination of diesel fuel. These microbes (bacteria yeast and molds) occurs naturally in our environment. As a result, they can easily be transmitted to contaminate fuel systems via air, condensation or water dilution. These microbes need water to growth and multiply and lives in the interface between water and fuel in the tank. Under ideal circumstances, i.e. availability of water and the right temperature they can accelerate quickly.

THE EFFECT OF DIESEL BUG

The microbes and their waste material create a dark and jelly-like mass. This mass can clog fuel supply and create big operational problems. Additionally, the mass is abrasive and can lead to increased wear on components. The combination of water and sulfur in fuel systems will result in the creation of sulfuric acid. This acid will remain at the bottom of the fuel tank, react with the sludge, and have a highly corrosive effect on most surfaces.

HOW TO SPOT DIESEL BUG

Typical characteristics of microbial growth:
  • Clogged Filters
  • Loss of engine power due to restricted fuel supply.
  • Grey, slimy mass in tanks or filters.
  • Sulfur(rotten eggs) smell of the fuel.
  • Green or brown coating or corrosion in tanks, pipes or injection systems.

HOW CAN WE ASSIST YOU?

A fuel analysis will immediately establish if diesel bug is present in your fuel system. Proceeding depend on the amout of sludge in the system. Some cases requires a full cleanout, others can be treated with the addition of biocides or bio states.
The most important prevention is to keep water away from the fuel system.

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