I Ran Out Of Propane: Do I Need A Safety Inspection?

Written on: November 23, 2020

propane leak test north carolinaIf you use propane in your central North Carolina home, you can rest easy knowing that you’re utilizing one of the safest fuels around.

A big reason why propane is so safe is because its use, delivery and handling and strictly regulated; among the most important of these regulations are the ones that govern propane leak tests.

Why – And When – Do I Need A Propane Leak Test?

To understand why and when you need a propane leak test, you first need to know how a residential propane system works:

A propane system is connected via a system of plumbing pipes that carry the gas under pressure between your tank and your appliances; this pressure strains system pipe fittings and the hardening compounds that seal them. As gas pressure rises and falls, pipes joints and seals weaken; over time, this could potentially lead to a gas leak. A leak test checks the integrity of these joints and seals.

The law requires propane leak tests to be performed any time there is an interruption of service – that is, any time the flow of gas has stopped for any reason.

As NFPA 54 (2006), 8.2.3 states,

“Immediately after the gas is turned on into a new system or into a system that has been initially restored after an interruption of service, the piping system shall be tested for leakage. If leakage is indicated, the gas supply shall be shut off until the necessary repairs have been made.”

In other words, this means that a leak test must be performed:

If any of the above applies, then a leak/pressure test – performed by a licensed, qualified professional – is required before a propane delivery can be completed.

*Avoiding an unnecessary propane leak test

The most common reason customers why customers need a leak test is because they’ve run out of propane gas. For this reason, we recommend taking the following steps to reduce the likelihood of a propane run-out:

  • If you are a will call customer, keep a close eye on fuel levels; contact us for a propane delivery when the tank is no less than one-quarter (25%) full, especially during colder weather.
  • Strongly consider enrolling in Automatic Propane Delivery from PFM Propane. With automatic delivery, we will estimate your delivery times based on your past usage and the current weather conditions, delivering your propane when your tank is about one-quarter full. With automatic delivery, you won’t have to remember to fill your tank, nor even give us a call – we’ll do all that for you!
  • Need a propane leak test? Or a propane delivery? We can help. Contact PFM Propane today for licensed propane service and propane deliveries in central North Carolina!