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How to Detect a Propane Leak

Written on: April 15, 2024

A Comprehensive Guide

propane leak wysox, pa Propane, a commonly used fuel in many Wysox, PA households, is safe when handled correctly. However, propane leaks can pose serious risks, including fire or explosion. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to detect a propane leak.

Smell

Propane manufacturers add a distinct odor to help users identify leaks. If you smell a strong odor similar to rotten eggs or a skunk, it could indicate a propane leak.

Listen

A hissing sound near your propane tank or appliances may also signal a leak. This sound is caused by propane escaping rapidly from the tank.

Look

Look for signs of damage on your propane tank and connected appliances. Discoloration, excessive rust, or other visible damages could suggest a potential leak.

The Soap Test

Prepare a solution of water and a small amount of dish soap. Apply this solution to the connections between your propane tank and appliances. If bubbles form, this indicates a leak.

Use a Gas Detector

Propane gas detectors are devices designed to sense propane leaks. If your detector signals an alarm, it’s likely that there’s a leak. You can purchase a propane detector for as little as $20. Then install one wherever you have a propane appliance in your Northeastern Pennsylvania home. You should also install a propane detector outside each bedroom. Because propane is heavier than air, place them low to the ground (no higher than your bedroom’s pillows).

What to Do If You Detect a Leak

If you detect a propane leak, here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Do Not Ignite Anything: Avoid using light switches, appliances, or phones, as they can create a spark.
  2. Leave the Area: Immediately evacuate everyone from the area where you suspect a leak.
  3. Close the Gas Supply: If it’s safe, turn off the main gas supply valve on your propane tank.
  4. Call for Help: Once you’re at a safe distance, call your propane supplier (Ace-Robbins) or the local fire department.

Preventing Propane Leaks

Regular maintenance and inspection of your propane system can help prevent leaks. Always have your system inspected by a professional if you suspect a leak or if your propane appliances are not working correctly.

Conclusion

Propane is a safe and efficient fuel when used properly. In fact, propane has a remarkable safety record, due in large part to the stringent codes and regulations developed by the propane industry and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). And close to home, the Ace-Robbins staff complies with state regulations that require periodic testing and training. This is all done to ensure your safety.

Although leaks can pose serious risks, by following the steps outlined above, you can detect and address propane leaks effectively, ensuring the safety of your home and loved ones. Remember, if you’re ever unsure or suspect a leak, it’s always best to call a professional.

Choose Ace-Robbins

Ace-Robbins is a locally owned and operated enterprise in Tunkhannock. We operate in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming County. You can count on us because we’ve stood the test of time. We’ve been in the business of serving families and businesses in Northeastern Pennsylvania for over 70 years! With propane delivery, we always put safety first, and we’ve never experienced a service interruption. You can rely on us for safe, reliable, and affordable fuel delivery.

Join our family of satisfied customers today. Contact Ace-Robbins for more information or to request a propane delivery. And ask about automatic delivery to reduce the risk of a run-out.