UGH! I hate the odor from propane gas!

@Katlady2 (9920)
United States
July 14, 2008 12:14am CST
As many of you know I have been staying at my brother's house taking care of things while he and his wife are on vacation. For the most part, I love everything about the house and the property 1. because it is a 5 acre parcel that was part of the family ranch from way before the Great Depression, and 2. the house is what my dad had built in memory of my mom (it was to be their dream home, but mom passed away before it could be built. Anyway, there is one thing that I do not like...in order to have heat for the house there are two huge propane tanks. Granted it's great when the PG & E goes out because even without electricity, we would still have heat to keep warm and cook. But it's been up in the mid 90s the last week since I've been here. The other night I noticed the strong smell of the gas, and hoped upon hope that maybe it was blowing on the breeze from one of the neighbors' houses. No such luck. I walked over to the tanks, and one of them was actually HISSING! And that scared the daylights out of me. Plus the smell was so strong that I got physically ill and very dizzy. I booked it back up the driveway to the house and called my brother, who told me that it was probably the pop off valve releasing pressure from the tank because of the heat during the day. But just to be sure, he told me he would call me in the morning to see if it was still doing it, which meant that I would have to call the propane company to have them come out and service the tank. This morning, I got up and went and checked the tank, and thankfully the hissing had stopped. So it was just the valve doing what it was supposed to do. I was relieved because I honestly thought something was seriously wrong, and my brother was relieved because I was safe and he wasn't going to have to fork out the major bucks to have the tank worked on. Those things are so expensive to deal with! The tank started hissing and smelling up the place again tonight, but this time I kwew what it was and wasn't so stressed. Just nauseous from the smell. Has something like this happened to you?
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• United States
14 Jul 08
I like the historical facts about your property and the fact that your Dad built the house in memory of your Mom. That's so special! The only time I ever had an incident with gas was when the old heater in my room started leaking a couple of years ago and I had to call the gas company at 10:00 at night. When I told them what was happening, they sent someone immediately. In about half an hour, they showed up to check it. The representative tested it with his meter/gauge and shut off the valves at once. He wrote up a tag that said it couldn't be turned back on and left a notice for my landlord for it to be replaced right away. I had been telling the maintenance people that something was wrong with it for a while but no one would listen to me. Then, the idiot maintenance supervisor said he couldn't find anything wrong with it and turned on the pilot. It could have killed me and my cats.
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
15 Jul 08
That maintenance super should have been drawn and quartered for doing that. And he should have been reported to the gas company. The landlord would have been in serious trouble for that for sure. I'm glad you and the kitties made it ok. Here's another little fact about the family ranch that I didn't mention...it was actually a working dairy. My aunt has several of the old glass milk bottles that were found on dad's parcel when the ground was being broken for the foundation. She even found some in a few of the area antique shops, but they wouldn't just hand them over to her even with proof about them belonging to the family...she had to pay for them to get them. Go figure!
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
14 Jul 08
Hi Sweetie I am also glad that you are safe I have never experienced anything like that and really do not want to as that would kill my lungs all together You need to be careful to with inhaling it so please take care there Love you and a big Hug
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
15 Jul 08
Yes, that stuff even got my lungs all closed up for a few minutes, and I don't have asthma or anything else wrong with them. So it would definitely do you in for sure. It did it again last night, but instead of going right down by the tanks I stood out on the deck, and I could smell the gas. But it stopped again. Thank God. Thanks sweetie. Big hugs and lots of love to you. One more week and then I will be back home (even though this feels like home to me since it's the house my dad had built).
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
15 Jul 08
Is there a window nearby that you could open so the gas can go out the window? That is very dangerous for you to have to breathe in and could make you very sleepy and never to wake up. I'm serious. That is the very reason why I want to change my gas heat to electric central air instead and are considering it very seriously about getting the money back from our gas company and converting our system. I'm so afraid of it for it can explode and frankly, I've been through 5 fires already in my lifetime, almost 6 and deg gone it, I don't want to go through any more! lol
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
15 Jul 08
I'm to the point now that if the day is warm I will shut all of the windows in the house except for maybe one of the bathroom windows 1. to avoid the gas odor coming in to the house in the first place, and 2. to keep the house cool during the day. This house has awesome insulation, so even when it gets into the upper 90s, if I shut the windows it keeps it just right inside. I guess you could call it "double duty". LOL I don't blame you for wanting to change your system over to electric. I wouldn't want to go through something like that either. Hugs to you hon.