Your rely on your propane tank to fuel your furnace all winter long. But as temperatures drop to freezing levels, you’ll need to take certain precautions to ensure access to your tank is clear of snow and ice. Below is a comprehensive overview of how to protect your tank and home during the cold season.
What to Know About Propane Tanks & Winter
Why Is It Important to Keep the Propane Tank Clear?
Snow storms are common occurrences in the winter. Snow accumulation can block the path to your propane tank, which is a major issue if you’re due for a fuel delivery. Frigid temperatures also pose serious safety hazards. If the pipes freeze, the gas will leak out and pool in the snow. If your fuel runs out in the middle of winter, you could lose access to heating in your home. What’s more, leaks can eventually seep into the ground, potentially contaminating your ground water. The fuel can also be prone to ignition if not properly stored. Snow buildup makes it difficult to locate your propane tank. If the blanket becomes heavy enough, it could even damage its structure.
What Precautions Should I Take?
To keep your tank safe and your home warm throughout the winter season, there are some simple yet crucial steps you must take. First, always schedule fuel delivery when your tank is nearing 30% to avoid any emergencies in the middle of a winter storm. Mark your propane tank with a colorful pole or stake so that you can easily locate it in the snow. Avoid leaning other items against your tank, as these can obstruct access or knock the tank off balance. After a storm, clear all snow and ice around the tank to prevent damage or safety hazards. Keep your driveway plowed or shoveled so your fuel provider can easily reach your property.
When it’s time to purchase home heating oil for your home, turn to the team at Main Energy for safe services. This family-owned oil company specializes in gasoline, propane, and oil delivery for residential and commercial customers throughout New York’s Cayuga, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties. They’re known for their prompt delivery services and affordable pricing. Call (315) 597-5200 to schedule a delivery or visit them online to learn more about their full list of services.