If your home is heated by propane, and you've got a big storm rolling into town, it's time to get prepared. Snowstorms can cause serious problems for you and your propane tank. Before the next storm arrives, here are some tips that will help you protect your propane supply.
Make Your Tank More Visible
If you've got a propane tank in your yard, the first thing you need to do is make it more visible. White propane tanks aren't the easiest things to find in a snowstorm. Unfortunately, the lack of visibility can make it difficult for you to access your tank for emergency repairs. However, the lack of visibility also makes it difficult for your snow removal service to avoid accidents with your tank. To increase visibility, apply reflective stickers to the outside of your tank. Also, attach a flexible, reflective flag to your tank. You can do that by placing a tall PVC pipe in the ground next to your tank and attaching a reflective flag to the top. The flag will extend above the tank, no matter how high the snow gets.
Invest in a Generator
If your home is powered by propane, you need to invest in a propane-powered generator. It won't do you any good to have backup power if it's not designed to accommodate your power source. Owning a propane-powered generator will ensure that you have access to power throughout those long winter months.
Keep Your Tanks Clear of Snow and Ice
If you have a propane tank in your yard, you'll need to keep it free of snow and ice throughout the winter. A heavy snowpack can wreak havoc on your propane tank, especially if the valves are covered in snow and ice. To avoid serious problems, you should clear your tanks after each storm. It's also a good idea to place a thermal cover over your propane valves. That way, you can avoid the freeze/thaw problems that can damage your valves during the winter.
Stay Ahead of the Winter Storms
If you live in a remote area, you'll want to stay ahead of the storms. Before each big storm, go out and inspect your propane tank. Make sure you have a clear path from the house to the tank. Also, check the levels inside your tank. If you're running low, schedule a delivery before the storm arrives. That way, you don't run the risk of running out of propane should you get snowed in during the storm.