Many homeowners rely on propane in order to power vital appliances within the home. As the outdoor temperature begins the rise, you may find that you are using some of your propane appliances (like a grill or air conditioning unit) more often.
Protecting your propane system from damage during the summer months should be a top priority if you want to continue enjoying access to propane appliances. Here are three potential summer hazards that you need to be aware of when it comes to keeping your home's propane system working properly this summer.
1. Extreme Heat
Since propane is a highly flammable gas, extreme temperatures present a unique hazard. If you live in an area where the outdoor temperature climbs during the summer months, protecting your propane system from this extreme heat is critical.
You should be sure that you paint the exterior of your propane storage tanks with a light-reflecting color to help keep them cool, and spray your propane tanks with a garden hose regularly to help reduce the internal temperature and prevent spontaneous combustion of the propane being stored inside the tanks.
The summer months often bring thunderstorms along with them. These types of storms can present some hazards when it comes to maintaining your propane system. You need to know how to shut off your home's propane supply in the event of a severe thunderstorm in order to prevent surges of propane from becoming a fire hazard.
You should also take caution when approaching your propane tank after a thunderstorm, as the metal of the tank can act as a conductor of electricity and shock you if the tank was exposed to any lightning during the storm.
3. Flash Floods
Along with the thunderstorms that can strike during the summer months, some homeowners must combat flash floods during the summer as well. If you live in an area prone to flooding, it's important that your propane system is prepared to withstand a flash flood.
You need to bolt your propane storage tank in place to help prevent it from becoming dislodged during a flood. It's also important that you know how to cut the propane supply being fed into your home when a flood hits to prevent contaminated water from posing a health risk to your family.
Being able to protect your propane system from the extreme heat, thunderstorms, and flash floods that can strike during the summer months allows you to better enjoy your propane appliances.