If Your Gas Is Pumping Slowly Here’s Why You Need to Notify an Attendant Immediately

H/T Western Journal.

Personally I have never had this problem but I know what I should do if I encounter this problem.

It’s happened to us all at some point.

The amount of gas in your car is low. You stop at a station to get more, but the pump seems to be dispensing fuel slower than usual.

There’s a tendency to chalk it up to a clogged filter, cold weather conditions or even just a random bad break, but doing so may hide a major problem that could have disastrous consequences if left unattended.

So what can this really mean?

In a 2011 YouTube video, Ben Thomas of UST Training (“UST” stands for “underground storage tank”) explored what this “slow flow” could potentially mean and why you should inform an attendant the next time this happens to you.

“It could be that your leak detector has tripped,” he said. “This is a device that’s threaded into your pump, and if this device here thinks it’s found a leak in the underground line, it will actually restrict the flow and give you what you call ‘slow flow.’”

According to Thomas, “slow flow” is “meant to irritate the customer or the attendant to make a notification to the supervisor because it could be that there is a three-gallon-per-hour leak in the underground line.”

Though “slow flow” is something most of us would consider harmless, ironically, it could be hiding a serious, potentially deadly problem.

Regardless of its location of release, gasoline is a highly volatile substance. Its vapors are flammable and, if somehow ignited, could cause an explosion.

According to the Petroleum Equipment Institute, most gas leaks in underground fuel storage systems start in the piping rather than inside the tanks.

In pressurized pumping systems, the pressure behind these pumps could lead to significant amounts of fuel leakage even if there’s only one leak.

Because of this potential for leakage, federal regulations require the installation of automatic line leak detectors on all pressurized systems.

Automatic line leak detectors are a gas station safety measure meant to detect leaks of three gallons per hour when the line pressure is 10 pounds per square inch, according to the PEI.

So what happens when pump users neglect to inform attendants of a “slow flow?”

There’s no set answer that fits every case, but still, gasoline’s incendiary properties mean instances of “slow flow” should warrant further investigation for suspicious leaks that could cause future harm.

The next time you find yourself frustrated by a slow gas flow, consider what this means for your safety and the safety of others.

Author: deplorablesunite

I am a divorced father of two daughters. I am a proud Deplorable.

One thought on “If Your Gas Is Pumping Slowly Here’s Why You Need to Notify an Attendant Immediately”

  1. Am I missing something?
    This is the frickin’ 21st Century and IoT is everywhere. Why don’t the pumps:
    1. Sound an alarm and flash lights to let the consumer know there is a problem
    2. Notify the attendant and station owner immediately electronically
    3. Notify ALL the appropriate regulatory agencies via text and email
    4. Notify several environmental groups and attorneys so they can start a lawfare suit against the station owner and fund their next protest/yacht

    And, aren’t virtually all pumps regularly tested by weights and measures? OK, couldn’t find a national average, but from one source (not anonymous, but I won’t name it) it looks like maybe only every 2 years or when there is a complaint filed.


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