Recent Rain and Flooding
With heavy rains and severe flooding happening in our region, propane users need to know the proper preparation and recovery steps to help protect their family and property.
For homeowners and businesses relying on Ehrhart to heat your home or water, cook your food, or fuel other equipment and structures, we recommend the following tips.
- If flooding is expected in your area, shut off your propane supply and secure your propane tank to a tree or solid post using a chain or a rope – propane is lighter than water, and your tank could float away.
- After flooding, look for visible structural damage. If you smell gas upon returning to your home, business or farm, be sure to extinguish all smoking materials and open flames. Exit the building immediately. Do not operate electrical switches, appliances, telephones, or cell phones because these can cause a spark that can ignite an explosion.
- If indoor or outdoor propane equipment has been flooded, shut off the service valve at the propane tank. Propane-powered household appliances, farm equipment or vehicles that have been underwater should be inspected by our technicians before being put back into service.
- Do not relight pilot lights for equipment that has been flooded. Shut off the service valve at the propane tank and contact us to inspect the equipment.
- Remember that propane tanks should NEVER be stored indoors.
Damage to propane regulators and controls is a significant problem resulting from flooding. We recommends a complete inspection of the entire system after heavy rains because water damage to propane equipment and appliances is not always readily apparent.