Propane Storage Tanks | A New Residential Customer’s Guide

Even though heating with propane may not be as common as electric or natural gas, there are still at least 10 percent of homes that rely on propane to keep their homes warm in the winter. If you happen to be new to propane heating and storage as a residential customer, there is no doubt that you will have a few questions, especially when it comes to dealing with a massive propane storage tank on your property. Here are a few of the most common questions about propane storage tanks and the answers you should know as a new customer.    

How safe is it to have propane stored on your property?

Even though it can be a little intimidating to have a large tank filled with flammable gas on your property, you should know that propane storage tanks are relatively safe. They are created with carbonized steel, which is highly dense and very difficult to break. Of course, the usual safety regulations associated with flammables should be followed, such as keeping the tank away from open flames. But in general, storing propane on your property is no more concerning than relying on natural gas lines or heating oil. 

Can you paint the propane storage tank?

Because the storage tank that you have on your property is likely the business property of a specific propane delivery company, you usually cannot paint the tank. However, all companies have different regulations about whether a tank can be painted to make it more aesthetically pleasing or so it will blend in with your outdoor design. Therefore, if you wish to paint your tank, it never hurts to ask the propane company what their regulations may be. 

How do you know a storage tank is safe if it has been sitting empty for a while?

If you have just moved into a home and the tank has been sitting for quite some time without use, it is always best to have a gas technician come out and take a look at the tank. They will check for leaks and any safety issues that may be present. Tanks that have set empty for long periods are prone to moisture and air getting inside of the tank and causing corrosion, which can lead to leaks and other issues. Therefore, this safety check should be a mandatory maintenance task from the time you move in. 

When you understand a little more about propane and propane storage, you will feel much more at ease as a new residential propane customer. If you have additional concerns, talk to a representative from a propane sales and service company (such as Low Price Gas) in your area.