Written on: May 18, 2021
There’s nothing like summer here in southeastern Wisconsin.
While you may be making plans for cookouts, and getaways to favorite places like the Wisconsin Dells or Door County, don’t forget to take care of your home’s propane tank!
Boehlke Bottled Gas installs and leases propane tanks, meaning that we handle the maintenance and repairs. Our affordable leasing saves you money and work.
However, we do need your help when it comes to taking care of your propane tank. There are some things to do now to help your propane tank operate properly and safely not only in the summer, but all year-’round.
Inspect the tank. Look carefully for any signs of rust. Left unattended, rust could degrade your tank to the point of creating a leak. If you see rust, contact us and we’ll professionally clean and paint it. If you notice something doesn’t look right on your propane tank, we’ll come out and fix it. Remember, these maintenance and repairs are our responsibility.
Clean up. Remove any wood piles or other combustibles near the propane tank. How is the area around the tank? Is it safe and accessible for our propane delivery drivers? If it isn’t, we may not be able to fill your tank. Clear away branches and brush from around the propane tank, as well as on the path to it from your driveway. That path also needs to be smooth, at least one foot wide, and free of weeds, rocks, and divots. Clear away any insect nests on or near the propane tank. Trim shrubs and low-hanging branches around your driveway so they don’t damage our trucks or the side mirrors. Speaking of your driveway, make sure it is accessible to our trucks. They need a driveway width of at least 10 feet to safely navigate it.
You need to pay attention to the propane cylinders you use for your BBQ grill, outdoor propane appliances like firepits, and portable appliances, too. Here are some important tips for using them safely in summer.
Never store propane cylinders indoors or in a garage, shed, carport, sunporch, or any enclosed area.
Store propane cylinders outdoors, out of direct sunlight, upright, and on a dry surface. If the ground gets wet, it could cause rusting of the cylinder.
Store propane tanks away from flames and spark-producing tools, including your grill.
When bringing your propane cylinders for exchange, keep them upright. Even a cylinder you think is empty can have enough propane to link if it’s on its side.
Don’t leave a cylinder in your car for long, especially in warm weather. It’s best to go straight to your Boehlke Bottled Gas tank exchange location and go directly home.
Boehlke Bottled Gas provides safe, expert propane tank installation and affordable leasing. Contact us to learn more!