Adding Regular Compliance Inspections to Your Spring Cleaning Plans

Adding Regular Compliance Inspections to Your Spring Cleaning Plans

As a gas station owner, you should already be aware of the strict regulations surrounding the storage and dispensing of petroleum. Petroleum contains a number of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), so proper care and handling are essential for the safety of your employees and customers, and the environment. A key part of adhering to all of the required guidelines is keeping on top of your regular maintenance with the help of a petroleum service company like PumpTex. That’s why if you are thinking about spring cleaning your gas station, the first step should be booking a site inspection to evaluate the current situation in terms of compliance.

Inspecting Your Gas Station

Gas stations are under a great deal of scrutiny to make sure they remain compliant, and government agencies are coming down hard on locations that do not meet the necessary compliance standards. One of the best ways to ensure that your site does not face these issues is to implement a regular maintenance routine and inspection schedule. As a petroleum service company, we recommend that you have us carry out a site inspection at least once every 30 days. Our technicians will check all of your equipment during this inspection to look for evidence of leaks or other potential issues that could put you out of compliance. We will also ensure that you have all of the required decals and stickers confirming compliance with pump calibration and fuel quality standards.

The Benefits of Regular Inspections

For some business owners, the thought of monthly inspections seems like an additional expense that they don’t need. However, investing in regular inspections and maintenance is something that is well worth it in the long term. Any breach of compliance can result in costly fines and loss of business, so avoiding this is one of the overriding benefits of working with a petroleum service company on regularly scheduled maintenance. However, some additional benefits could save you money and help to maximize your profits.

If you are the type of person, who thinks, ‘well, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,' you could be waiting until something breaks down before booking a service call. However, this type of approach could be costing you money. If you wait until a fault is extensive enough that a pump becomes unusable, it will likely be a more extensive repair. It also leaves you short a dispenser while waiting for a technician to arrive. On the other hand, if you had monthly maintenance visits, a technician could pick up the fault early on while it is still a minor repair that can be fixed on the spot minimizing the amount of downtime for the dispenser and limiting the repair costs. Please don’t wait for big problems to manifest themselves; nip them in the bud before the real damage is done.

First Impressions Matter

Another benefit of regular maintenance from a petroleum service company is that it keeps your site running smoothly. There is a lot of competition when it comes to gas stations. If your dispensers are out of order, customers will drive down the road to buy fuel, and they may not return in the future. However, if you keep everything well maintained and in good working order, you can create a more welcoming environment for your customers.

Where would you rather buy gas? A clean, tidy gas station with pumps that operate smoothly, or a dirty, run-down gas station where the pumps have cracked hoses and unreliable card readers? It’s an easy choice, right? It doesn’t take much to stay on top of things when you partner with the right petroleum service provider. We will take the burden of keeping up to date with state and federal regulations and make sure your location stays in compliance with them. This gives you peace of mind that you won’t face hefty fines and leaves you free to get on with running your business safe in the knowledge that your equipment is in capable hands.

Extra Tips for Spring Cleaning

A site inspection is a great way to kick off some spring cleaning for your gas station. Here are a few additional tips that you can follow to spruce things up for the Spring season!

  • Restock the Pumps with Supplies - If you supply gloves, paper towels, or hand sanitizer at your pumps, make sure these are fully stocked for your customers’ convenience.
  • Check Trash Cans are Being Emptied - Make sure your staff remembers to empty trash cans regularly, so you don’t end up with overflowing garbage. It’s also worth checking that you have enough around the location and replacing any that are missing or broken.
  • Clean Your POS System - You might be surprised at how dirty your POS system can get. It accumulates dust, dirt, grease, and other debris on the outside and the inside. This can really have a detrimental effect on its performance. Shut down the register and blow any dust and debris away from the processor fan with compressed air. Your petroleum service company can help with this task during routine maintenance.
  • Clean the Dispensers - Hundreds, maybe thousands of people are touching your dispensers each week. They are also exposed to the elements and fumes from vehicles. A weekly clean with warm soapy water can make a huge difference. Take this as an opportunity to visually inspect the hoses and nozzles for damage to alert your petroleum service company.

If you want to discuss scheduling an inspection or arranging a routine maintenance schedule, do not hesitate to get in touch, and we will be happy to discuss your options: Call 888-906-7867 or email

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