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Do You Use A Propane Tank? Tips To Take Proper Care Of The Tank In Winter

The propane company delivers the propane to you in liquid form and they pump the propane into your storage tank. Most companies allow you to set up a schedule to have your propane tank refilled or replaced on a regular basis. Your tank must be taken care of properly to ensure it lasts a long time for you. One thing that can hurt a storage tank is cold weather. To help prevent this from happening, below are some tips on how you can properly care for the tank when it is cold outside.

Mark the Tank

If you live in an area that has a lot of snow most of the winter, your propane tank can get covered up making it difficult to find your tank. To make things easier for you, mark the tank using a stake, pole, or a flag. Just make sure you put the stake, pole, or flag high enough to always be higher than the snow.

This will allow the propane tank company to refill your tank much quicker as they will not have to hunt and find your propane tank under all that snow.

Check the Regulator Vent

Keep an eye on the regular vents on your propane tank to prevent snow from building up. You also do not want water to build up on the vents as this water will freeze and turn to ice. If you see there is any ice in the regulator vent or any other type of debris, do not attempt to remove it yourself. Instead, contact your propane company immediately to clean the regulator vent for you.

Remove Snow

You can help a lot by removing snow that builds up on the propane tank. To do this, make sure you use a broom only. Anything hard, like a shovel, can damage the tank if you accidentally hit it while removing the snow.

Purchase a strong industrial broom to make it easier to get the snow off. Remove snow from the top of the tank, around the sides, and around the bottom of the tank, if possible. If you are constantly getting a lot of snow this will be difficult to do but even keeping the snow off the top will help. When removing snow do not pile the snow over the meter, any exposed piping, or any valves.

Talk with a propane company in your area about this information. They can also give you many more tips on taking proper care of your propane tank in the winter.