As a resident of Florida, you are sure to appreciate it living up to its playful nickname, as “the sunshine state”. Hence it is no wonder when Floridians take easily to its white sandy beaches, the steady sprinkle of amusement parks and a stellar array of retirement homes across the state, and year-round summertime weather.
And yet, if you are truly at home in this state, you also know that hurricane season is either right upon you, especially during the months of September and October, or simply waiting just around the corner.
For this reason, residents and property managers know to always be vigilant and prepared to safeguard their assets. This also includes your fragile yet immensely valuable fuel tank for that backup generator. This is where companies like EPAC Environmental Services, Inc. come in. Here are some quick dos and don’ts associated with fuel tank storage and usage during hurricanes.
Fuel Tank DOs
- Check the fuel tank every few months for signs of rust, leaks, or any other breaches that may compromise its use.
- Try to keep the fuel tank in a shady area. This is difficult in Florida, but a tarp can help in many situations.
- Polish the fuel every 18 months to remove water, sediment, and bacteria build-up. These contaminants sit in the bottom of the tank from where the fuel is drawn.
Fuel Tank DON’Ts
- Do not place fuel tanks in high traffic pedestrian areas.
- Do not place fuel tanks right up against the sides of buildings. Keep the tank a minimum of 5’ away from commercial buildings and 10’ away from residential buildings. This allows access for repairs and ventilation.
- Do not fill the tank with fuel, let it sit with no maintenance, and expect it to power the generator 2 or 3 years later.
Choose the Experts at EPAC Environmental Service Inc. for Fuel Tank Services in Florida
The expert team at EPAC is available for all of the above services, including fuel tank installation and removal, fuel polishing, and yearly maintenance of fuel tanks across Florida. For more information on EPAC’s services, or to schedule a fuel tank inspection, you can call us at (954) 974-7055, or fill out a request through our contact page.