Understanding The Fundamentals Of Underground Propane Delivery Tanks

Posted on: 20 October 2019

If you have recently made the decision to convert your home to propane for your heating and cooking, you may be ready to have an underground propane tank installed on your property. If so, there are a few things that you should know in preparation for the process. Here's a look at what you need to know to ensure that you are ready and know exactly what to expect.

Tank Installation Timing

When you have secured a company for your propane delivery services, that company will come out and install your underground tank. Remember that your tank will need to be installed sometime in the spring, summer, or fall. That's because frozen ground is extremely difficult to excavate, which is why you'll need to have the tank installed before the ground freezes.

In most cases, underground tanks can be installed in a single day. From excavation to placement and burial, the process is usually pretty easy and brings minimal disruption for you and your family.

Before the installation can happen, though, your propane delivery company will come out and survey your property. They'll do this to find the best possible installation location for your tank. The tank must be placed at least ten feet from the house as well as the same distance from your property lines.

Tank Maintenance

Once your tank is installed, you'll need to work with your propane delivery service to inspect and monitor the tank's condition. During one of your propane delivery appointments each year, you should have the pressure tested and have the whole area inspected. You should also have the relief valves checked to be sure that they are working correctly. Whether you purchase or lease the tank, talk with your supplier right away about establishing a schedule for this maintenance.

Underground Tank Benefits

You might wonder why your propane supplier recommends an underground tank for your home's needs. When you're opting for a large propane tank, such as a 300-gallon tank or larger, you're going to lose a lot of space in your yard if you have it installed above ground. Between the concrete pad and the tank itself, it's going to be obtrusive.

Underground tanks preserve the space in your yard. Additionally, because they aren't exposed to the elements, underground tanks tend to last longer than their above-ground counterparts. This is ideal when you're trying to make the most of your investment. 

Talk with propane supplier like Anderson's Gas and Propane inc today about making the propane conversion and having the tank you need installed underground in your yard.