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Residential Propane Tank Safety

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While propane gas is an effective way to power your home, it’s also important to educate yourself on what to do in the event of a leak. Residential propane tanks should also be inspected regularly and checked for imperfections that could cause dangerous leaks.

An experienced Alto residential propane supplier will be able to conduct propane tank inspections to ensure its safety.

In this blog post, we will go over what you can do to make sure your residential propane tank is a safe source of energy for your home.


Check for Propane Tank Leaks

It’s relatively easy for homeowner to check propane tanks for leaks. You may use soapy water or a special leak detector solution for the test. First, apply the solution to where the propane tank’s cylinder valve and regulator outlet connect. Next, you’ll need to slowly open the cylinder valve and watch for bubbles. If bubbles emerge, close the valve and repeat the test to ensure that there really is a leak. A qualified residential propane tank supplier can also check your gas tank for leaks during regular maintenance.

Act Quickly to Stop Propane Tank Leaks

A residential propane supplier will be able to check for propane tank leaks during regular inspections. For your safety, most propane suppliers put an unpleasant odor into propane so you’ll be able to detect a leak as soon as possible. Otherwise, propane gas is odorless and colorless. Even though propane gas is nontoxic and won’t have a negative effect on the soil or groundwater, it’s still a fire hazard. If enough propane gas builds up in your house, the slightest spark could cause an explosion.

If you smell propane, you’ll need to act quickly as leaking residential propane tanks can release a lot of gas in a short period of time. First, you’ll want to extinguish all open flames in your home, which includes the stove, oven, and ignition source for your propane furnace. You may be able to turn off your propane furnace by turning the valve right or clockwise.

If the smell of propane gets stronger, you’ll need to cover the tank with a wet cloth and evacuate your home immediately. Call 911 or your local fire department so professionals can stop the gas leak.

Invest in Propane Tank and Appliance Maintenance

As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to schedule regular propane tank maintenance. A professional propane tank supplier will be able to assess your tank for leaks so you can continue living in a safe and well-maintained home.

Propane household appliances also need to be inspected and kept up on basic repairs. You should never attempt to repair a propane-powered appliance by yourself. Otherwise, you run the risk of inadvertently creating a gas leak in your home. A propane appliance service technician will have the necessary training and experience to make repairs and conduct maintenance. For example, appliance connectors more than 20 years old will need to be inspected to ensure they’re still working properly.

If you are interested in our residential propane auto refill service, please feel free to call our Michigan propane suppliers at any of our four locations. Altogas is dedicated to helping customers maintain safe residential propane tanks.

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