No matter how you heat your home, you should keep in mind that maintaining your heat to a certain level is critical for various reasons. Freeze-ups can cause expensive losses in an empty or unoccupied home. Worse of all, water from broken pipes can flood a house in just a few hours causing structural damage to your house and loss of personal property. This is why we’d like to stress how important it is for you to protect your home against damage arising from a drop in or loss of heat. Since it’s better to be safe than sorry, we recommend that you arrange for supervision of your home if you plan to be away for any length of time.
Keep the path to your propane tank clear. A clear path helps drivers get to your tank easily, fill it quickly, and move on to our next valued customer.
Allow your appliances to vent properly. If it is safe to do so, clear snow and ice away from
outdoor vents, chimneys, and flues to prevent blocking any ventilation.
Clear snow and ice from around your propane tank. This includes regulators, regulator vents, piping, tubing, and valves. Use a broom instead of a shovel to prevent damage to your propane system components.
Mark your tank with a brightly colored stake or flag taller than the maximum anticipated snow depth. Also, mark your secondary pressure regulator or meter. It is usually near the side of your home. It is important to mark your tank and equipment to enable emergency and propane service personnel to locate it at all times.
Stay Carbon Monoxide Safe! Never use a stove or bring your gas grill indoors for space heating, even during a power outage. Never use a portable generator (gasoline, diesel, or propane) indoors or in enclosed areas. Doing so can result in carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning or death.
Create an emergency preparedness plan and review it with everyone in your family. Post a list with contact information for Shute Oil and Propane and emergency services (fire department, etc.) along with instructions for turning off propane, electricity, and water. If you do need to turn off your propane, contact a service technician to inspect your propane system prior to turning it back on.
When it comes to your heating system, regular maintenance is the key to preventing problems, such as oil leaks and spills, which can end up being expensive. Let us show you a few ways to save money, help prevent leaks and spills, and protect the environment.
Annually, we recommend that you visually inspect tank, piping and fuel delivery lines. If a leak is detected please notify us right away. Meanwhile, we can take the following steps for you, including:
When appropriate, you should:
Remember that the older your heating system is, the more vulnerable it is to failure. Consider upgrading to a more modern, fuel-efficient system by calling us today.