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How To Check A Propane Tank For Leaks

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If you are getting ready for the warmer weather, then it may be time to fire up the grill and get it ready for cooking. If you have not used the grill for some time, then you should check the propane tank to make sure it does not leak. Keep reading to learn how to investigate leaks and also to find out what you should do if one is located.

How To Check For Propane Leaks

You will need to check for propane leaks as the tank is disconnected from the grill. Remove the tank for the connection hose and make sure the tank is turned off. Specifically, makes sure to twist the top knob to the right as far as it will go. This part of the tank is called the cylinder valve handwheel. Once the handwheel has been tightened, you want to check the cylinder valve, the pressure relief valve, the handwheel, and the point of connection where the connector hose attaches to the tank. 

To test for leaks, you will need to create a spray with water and soap. In a spray bottle, mix about one-half cup of water with about one-half cup of liquid dish detergent. Spray the mixture on the top of the propane tank. Pay special attention to the area where the cylinder valve meets the cylinder. This is where a great deal of leaks happen to appear.

Once the soap is applied, look for bubbles around the parts of the propane tank. If you do not see bubbles, then you can continue on to the second part of the leak test. Attach the rubber hose to the connection point and spray your solution on the tank once again. This time, twist the handwheel to the left one full rotation. Spray the top of the propane tank and also the connection point at this time and look for bubbles. If bubbles appear around just the connection hose, then you can safely replace this part. 

How To Safely Handle A Leaking Tank

If you notice bubbles around any part of the propane tank, then you have a leak. If you have a propane supplier, then contact this professional immediately. In the meantime, make sure to close the valve on the top of the tank as tightly as you can. Also, make sure the tank is placed in a well-ventilated area.

Your supplier will likely complete a leak test of their own. The test will involve a flammable gas leak detector tool or a commercial use leak detection solution. The solution will be much like the one you created, but it will be one developed for commercial use.

If a leak is found, the failed part of the tank can sometimes be replaced. For example, the valve handwheel can be completely twisted away from the top of the cylinder and a new one can be inserted in its place. If a fix like this cannot be completed, then the tank will be safely removed from your property. The propane can be safely released offsite. For more information about propane, contact a business such as Northwest Propane LLC.