411homerepair.com

Latest Articles

Why Is My Well Pump Short Cycling?

Your well pump is an essential piece of kit that is often overlooked until something goes wrong with it. Unless you want to draw water by hand...

on Aug 4, 2020

What to Save for Common Homeowner Expenses

Being a homeowner is a rewarding experience. After all, you do not have to answer to a landlord, you have a space to call your own, and you own an...

on Aug 2, 2020

Using the Internet to Sell Your Home

There are many reasons why people choose to sell their home. Perhaps you have just accepted a new job and must relocate to another part of the...

on Aug 2, 2020

Looking for an Investment Property Market as a Safe Haven?

It’s hard work, right? Have you thought to compare the market online? Especially when you’re juggling your career, family, and other commitments....

on Jul 31, 2020

How can I Tell if I have a Gas Leak in My House?

Gas lines, both above and belowground, can corrode over time. There are a number of factors that can hasten this corrosion, but no matter how...

on Jul 26, 2020

Valuable Tips to Prevent Frozen Propane Tanks

by Guest on Apr 24, 2018

Millions of Americans make use of propane in both personal and industrial applications.  When the temperature plummets to negative degrees, a propane tank becomes incredibly vulnerable to freezing.

This clean-burning, inexpensive and indigestible gas is incredibly popular for a wide variety of heating purposes. This is especially true of wintertime, when things get ice-cold. You don’t want your propane tank to suffer from the chill in the air as the season wears on.

So how do you prevent this from happening? Fortunately, it’s easy to keep your tank from freezing up. Some basic maintenance and attention to detail will keep your tank working as it should.

Keep your propane tank as full as possible.

As the temperatures descend, the level of propane in your tank is likely doing the same. The colder it is outside, the more gas that people are willing to use to warm up their homes or businesses. This can spell trouble for your tank.

As the amount of propane in your tank decreases, so does the pressure that resides inside of it as well. When the pressure drops due to cold and a low level of propane, freezing can occur.

Remove snow and ice from the tank.

Using a soft broom or similar kind of outdoor-purpose brush, make sure to eradicate all snow and ice accumulation from the outside of the tank. Don’t use anything made of metal that could scrape or otherwise damage the tank.

Consider a heating method to keep things up to temp.

There are numerous heating methods available to help you keep your propane tank warmer, and therefore fuller, for longer. These methods include:

  • Powerblanket
  • Heating units designed especially for heating cylinders.

Complete coverage and consistently-applied warmth are necessary in any heating method that you choose to keep your propane tank warm.

Keep the valves clear of snow.

This can be done by simply brushing off the snow most of the time, or providing some kind of cover to minimize the valves’ exposure to the elements. Also, refrain from using a snow blower or shoveling snow into the area of your propane tank.

Never, ever do these things.

Propane is a very safe gas to use, but it is still flammable. Never use anything that utilizes an open flame, like a blow torch, to try and warm your propane tank. Some people have done this with no harm done, but there is no guarantee that you’ll be safe.

You should also avoid any kind of uncontrolled heat source, or any heat source that was not developed with use around flammable gas in mind. Space heaters are a bad idea, for example, as is using hot water for the purpose of heating your tank.

An uncontrolled overheating of your propane tank can become very dangerous very quickly and even cause a fire.

Even though propane is much safer than many other gases that could be used for in-home and industrial heating applications, it is not completely foolproof. It poses dangers that, while minimal, could still result in human and property damage if mishandled.

Keeping your tank as warm and as full as possible is key to freezing prevention. If you keep this in mind and only use heating solutions designed for use around gases like propane, your tank freezing over is one thing that you won’t have to stress much about this winter.

Safety / Security 1799 Views

Author

Guest

Guest

Most Recent Articles

Sponsored Articles

Random Articles

How to Choose the Best Step Ladder for Your Kitchen

Unless you are the tallest man in the world, you are going to need a step ladder at some point in life, especially when working in the kitchen....

Tools / Woodworking

What is a Home Warranty?

A home warranty is a special warranty that is applied to specific items in your home. While your homeowners insurance policy is there to cover...

Safety / Security

Caulking Windows

The money you spend on caulking or weather stripping is usually recovered in one heating season or less. This one season "pay-back"...

Windows / Siding

Replacing Small Heating Appliance Plugs

Steps on replacing older heating small appliances. Depending on how old the appliance is, you may be better off replacing the unit, rather than...

Appliance / Repair

Creating an Outdoor Living Space - Backyard Getaways

The solitude and comfort of home spells relief for today's hectic lifestyles. This year, instead of a costly vacation that leaves merely fond...

Garden / Landscaping / Patio

Actions

Contact Us | Submit Article | 411homerepair © 2020