Petroleum Overflow Devices And Leak Protection Accessories

29 March 2023
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Tank overflow devices protect the environment from petroleum spills, plus they keep costs down. Learn how a mechanical or non-mechanical overflow barrier can prevent harmful spills from occurring on your property. 

Accidental Overflows

Petroleum tank gauges, alarms, and other monitoring devices that fail to operate could contribute to wasted fuel. A fuel spill can be costly to clean up. Accidental overflows may contaminate groundwater and soil. Accidental overflows also contribute to increased fuel costs.

Barrier Products

Barrier products offer tank overflow protection. The use of a barrier product will prevent the need to carefully monitor a fuel tank as it is being replenished. A barrier product can be used when refilling a petroleum storage tank. It can also be used when refilling vehicles and mechanical machines that are gas-operated. 

Mechanical Or Non-Mechanical Barriers

A fuel dispenser contains a pump, a valve, and an inlet line. As fuel is dispensed, the valve remains open. Fuel will continue to be dispensed until the valve closes. A mechanical overflow barrier will detect when fuel has filled a tank. When this occurs, the valve will automatically close. Once the valve closes, fuel will stop flowing.

A non-automated barrier uses a float and sensors to detect when the fuel within a tank is at its capacity. This type of equipment is designed to be installed directly in a tank. Some tank models can detect fuel levels, as well as clogs within a petroleum storage system.

Some barrier products are designed for use with aboveground fuel storage systems. Some barrier products are designed for use with underground systems. A mechanical or non-mechanical overflow prevention device needs to be professionally installed.

Additional Accessories

Splash guards and nozzle covers are accessories that will protect vehicles and property while fuel is being dispensed. Pressure is used to force fuel through a fuel line while it is being dispensed. The use of splash guards will prevent fuel from spilling onto skin, clothing, or a vehicle.

A splash guard is made of waterproof material. This material is non-toxic and flame-retardant. A guard is designed to be installed around the flexible tubing that is attached to a fuel nozzle.

A nozzle cover is made out of a material that is similar to what a splash guard is made of. A cover is designed to be secured around a nozzle. A cover will prevent fuel from leaking from a nozzle when a nozzle is not in use. Splash guards and nozzle covers are designed to fit a wide range of fuel dispenser products.

Contact a local petroleum equipment service, such as Eaton Sales & Service, to learn more.