Follow these helpful tips to prevent a propane tank leak

Although propane is one of the safest fuels available, you should still be prepared for an emergency situation. If you smell a strong odor, similar to rotten eggs, or hear a loud hissing sound coming from your propane tank, you may have a leak. You should act immediately by following the steps below.

 

  • Call our team of professionals
    First and foremost, you should evacuate the area. Once you are at a safe distance, call our team right away at (845) 791-4427. Our professionals are equipped to assist in any emergency situation. If you are unable to reach our team, call 911 or your local fire department.

 

  • Turn off the gas supply
    You should then turn off the valve to the main gas supply. Using a wrench, turn the valve to the right, or “righty-tighty” as we like to call it. You should wait at least 5-10 minutes to allow the remaining gas to clear out.

 

  • Eliminate all igniters
    You can minimize risks by removing all igniters. This is anything that could cause a spark, such as a light switch, candles, appliances, landline, etc.

 

  • Open windows
    You should also open up all windows and doors to eliminate any built-up gas in the home.

 

  • Spray the tank gauge and valve with soap and water
    Next, mix one cup of dish soap and one cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Then, cover the area on the tank around the gauge and valve. Once these areas are covered, keep an eye out for any bubbles created from the soap and water mixture. If you notice a small number of bubbles, you most likely have a small leak. A large number of bubbles will indicate a bigger leak.

 

  • Tighten the screws on the gauge
    Tightening the screws on the tank gauge can help stop a smaller leak. After you’ve tightened the gauge and a few minutes have passed, cover the area again with the soap and water mixture. If you notice more bubbles forming, call a professional for help.

 

 

In the case of an emergency, reach out to our team at (845) 791-4427. They are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.