Propane leaks are rare, but they can happen. They can be caused by a runout or near-runout, when pressure changes in lines cause joint compound at connections to contract, or by incorrectly installed equipment, among other things.
Propane is a clean-burning and safe way to heat your home and water, and run many appliances. But propane is a highly flammable gas under certain conditions. As with any fuel, there are certain steps to take to ensure you and your home are safe and comfortable.
Knowing what to do if you smell gas can help ensure the situation is resolved safely and quickly.
Here’s what you need to know if you suspect a propane leak:
Propane has a distinct rotten-egg smell to help you quickly notice leaking gas. Make sure everyone in your home can recognize the odor. If you smell gas:
Under certain conditions, you may need to turn off your gas at the tank. It’s not hard—but it’s important to familiarize yourself with your tank so you know what to do when it’s an emergency.
When to turn off your propane:
If it feels unsafe to turn off the gas, first move a safe distance away and outside and then call for help.
Once you’ve turned off your propane, do not go back in the house until a certified technician has confirmed that it’s safe. Also, never turn the propane back on yourself. Turning the gas off changes the pressure in the lines, which can cause the seals around pipe fittings to contract and create a leak. A professional propane technician needs to perform a leak test to check the integrity of these joints and seals. Pressure tests are required by state and federal law, as well as insurance rules.
Your safety is important to us! All our technicians are trained and certified to provide safe propane delivery and services. If you have any questions about this information or any other propane safety issues, contact us.