Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Public Awareness About Propane

Public Awareness About Propane

In my new neighborhood, we have Porpane instead of natural gas. I'm told it's because it's too expensive to dig under the river/lake to bring natural gas to many areas... whatever...

Thus far, I can't really figure out the difference between Natural Gas and Propane except we can't get our grill to have a low setting.  It's either High or really HIGH so you have to watch those cook times and making sure the inside is cooking while the outside gets all black.

We do not have a propane tank in our yard, yeah!  We have a community tank thing that you can't even see.

A couple of weeks ago, we opened the back door to let the dog out, and ICK!  It smelled like skunk!!  We didn't think too much of it because we back up to a greenbelt and farm with lots of nature, so we just thought he was mad because we built a house and the smell would go away... and it did not too long after.


Then, a few days ago, I got a little brochure on my front door from Ferrellgas, who is the propane supplier.  It lists some of the signs of a propane link... guess what was on there...

"Propane smells like rotten eggs, a skunk's spray, or a dead animal."  WHAT??!!  Could we have had a leak??

There's another thing called "Odor Fade".  This is an "unintended reduction in the concentration of the odor of propane, making it more difficult to smell."  Oops... the fact that the smell disipated rather quickly was not a good thing as the leak could have continued.

There is no leak, so no worries, but this is just a reminder to keep a SMELL out for leaks and report them ASAP!!

**Are You Packed Yet?**

Donna Harris, REALTOR®
RE/MAX Austin Skyline

Austin, TX and the surrounding areas of Lakeway, Bee Cave, Westlake Hills, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Spicewood, Circle-C, Steiner Ranch, and everywhere in between... Whether you're buying or selling, I'll be with you through the entire process.

Comment balloon 4 commentsDonna Harris • June 20 2009 10:44AM


Donna, You might want to check and see if you can get the propane attachment for your BBQ. It is different than the Natural Gas head you are using. As for the skunk smell, it saved my life one time and has smelled sweet to me ever since. I was fueling my truck that ran on Propane. I smelled that odor coming out the cab of my truck. I shut off the 20,000 gallon tank right before my truck exploded. If not for that smell the fireman said I would not have needed an ambulance... 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTORĀ®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 9 years ago


The great thing is if you're having an outdoor picnic and somebody cuts the cheese nobody will notice.

Posted by Greg Nino, Houston, Texas (RE/MAX Compass, formerly RE/MAX WHP) over 9 years ago
I never heard of this Propane situation Donna and thought they could pipe natural gas anywhere. Another sign of a leak other than the smell in the air is grass dying around the leak. Stay safe!!
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 9 years ago

Paul, My husband "cut out the holes" to convert it to natural gas for our last house, and he said those holes can't be replaced, so it justt runs hot on the propane.  I'm glad to hear you ended up safe!

Greg, You always make the visual points...

Gary, I had never heard of it either, but most of the Austin area is propane and many areas are Septic instead of sewer.  Yes, the dead grass. Also, if you see bubbles when you water your grass.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - over 9 years ago