Propane 101 - Everything You Should Know About Propane

If you're considering using propane, you should know a bit about it first! Propane is a liquefied petroleum gas that comes from both oil and gas wells; raw crude oil or raw natural gas is refined to make different types of petroleum products, including propane. After it's refined, propane is stored as a liquid under pressure until utilized, which is when it becomes a gas.

Types of Propane Tanks

Propane tanks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, intended for different uses. Rocky Mountain Propane LLC will advise you on the appropriate make and model for your property based on your unique needs. Here are the different types of propane tanks:

  • Residential Propane Tanks: These are primarily used for heating the home, drying clothes, cooking, and heating water. The main use of residential propane consumption is to heat the home - and in Montana, we all know how cold those winters can be! The size of a residential propane tank is determined by the heating load requirements and climate conditions for the property in question.
  • Industrial Propane Tanks: Tank size is determined based on application and usage requirements. Volume usage is usually the main factor that determines the size of the propane tank. 

Protecting Your Propane Tank

Propane tanks are an investment in your property and need to be protected. Some propane tanks can be installed under ground, which automatically adds an extra layer of security and protection to the propane tank. However, if your propane tank is above ground, there are still protection methods available.

Propane tanks are subject to the elements, both above and below the tank; preserving the container itself is necessary for the lifetime of the tank. Keeping the tank surface clean and painting a reflective color are good tactics to use to protect the tank from hot summer sun and harsh winter chills.

If your propane tank is installed above ground, it's necessary that it be protected from the dirt and soil. There are two reasons for this:

1. Moisture: Dirt and soil hold moisture, which causes rust and can cause the tank to become compromised, potentially leading to a leak.

2. Electrolysis: The earth has electric conductivity; this current can actually create a small hold in the steel surface. (Note that underground propane tanks are installed and designed to help mitigate the electrolysis.)

What should you do if you notice a leak?

If you notice a propane tank leak in your home, you need to:

  • Evacuate everyone from the home immediately
  • Avoid turning on lights, appliances or vehicles
  • Call Rocky Mountain Propane LLC once you are safely away from the home

Propane safety should always be a priority for your home in the Worden, Montana area. If you think you have a propane tank leak, call 406-839-7259 right now.

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