DIY Tank Maintenance

Tank maintenance and propane safety go hand-in-hand.

Tevis Propane’s highly-trained delivery personnel check your propane tank for safety issues during every delivery. As an added measure of safety, we ask that you keep a watchful eye for any issues that might develop between deliveries. If you suspect damage to your tank, please call us immediately.

Tank maintenance tips:

  • Check your aboveground tank regularly for signs of wear or damage.
  • Protect your tank from damage. Do not store bicycles, garbage cans, or other objects near your propane tank.
  • If you see surface rust developing, clean the area and paint it with a light-colored, reflective enamel paint intended for metal. Be careful not to paint valves or gauges.
  • Use caution around propane supply lines, especially while weed-whacking, planting, or any other digging.
  • Keep ignition sources at least 10 feet from your propane tank. (Examples of ignition sources include outdoor grills, fire pits, fireworks, lighters, air conditioners, heat pumps, etc.)
  • Never tamper with the regulators on the tank or on the house. Doing so can cause pressure fluctuations and damage appliances.
  • Never force or use tools to open a valve.
  • Never seal off the top of an underground tank’s dome or enclose an aboveground tank in a confined or air-tight space. Doing so can prevent the tank’s relief valve from venting.
  • Never drive heavy equipment over an underground tank or its immediate surroundings.
  • For underground tanks, factors such as soil composition and moisture can affect their life span. Expert installation of a high-quality tank is critical.

If you lease your propane tank from Tevis, we are responsible for all regular tank maintenance, as specified in your lease agreement. Our site estimator will be happy to discuss our tank leasing options with you.

Please read the Propane Safety Instructions for other important information about propane use.