Winter is an incredibly beautiful time of year. After all, the snowfall blankets everything in white. Unfortunately, heavy snowfalls can be quite dangerous. This is especially true for outdoor propane tanks. Luckily, you can take some preventative measures to ensure the safety of your propane tank throughout the harsh winter months.
So what should you be doing to keep your propane tank safe during winter? Here are three basic tips:
1. Keep It Clear
Perhaps the most helpful tip is to keep your propane tank clear. Your propane tank has many small components and snowfall can easily clog the openings. So be sure to check your propane tank daily to ensure that snow and ice haven't built up around it. If they have, gently brush away the snow with a soft cloth or broom.
Additionally, be sure to check for potential issues from other areas. For example, icicles from your roof may fall on your propane tank and cause serious issues. So be sure to check the area surrounding and above your tank daily. If you notice a potential problem, such as snow or ice buildup, remove it to ensure your propane tank stays safe.
2. Mark The Location
Another helpful tip is to mark the location of your tank. Snow storms and heavy snowfall can make it easy to lose your propane tank. Luckily, you can prevent this by marking the location of your tank. You can do this by placing a brightly colored flag or pole near the tank. Just make sure you place this marking before heavy snowfall occurs so that you don't have to go searching for it later.
Marking your tank might sound silly, but it is incredibly helpful as it will ensure that you (or a professional service, such as a snowplow) doesn't accidentally run into it. Plus, it makes it easier to find for when you need to remove excess snow and ice.
3. Utilize Covers
Finally, consider using protective covers on your propane tank. If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow, specialized covers can help keep the openings on your tank safe. You can often find covers for the relief and fill valves. You may even be able to find covers for the regulator. Utilizing covers may be a simple tip, but it can really help your tank from becoming clogged with snow or ice.
While it might seem difficult to keep your propane tank safe during the winter, it doesn't have to be. With these tips and preventative propane services, you can ensure that your tank stays safe all winter long. Contact a company like Taylor Gas Company Inc to learn more.