Underground Propane Tanks
You’ve worked hard to make your home look the way you want. If you’re considering making the switch to a propane-powered home, one of your concerns might be the appearance of your home. You know that you need to store the propane tank somewhere, but the thought of housing a bulky tank in your yard is not appealing. Thankfully, propane tanks can be installed underground so you can keep your home looking as good as ever.Not only do underground propane tanks allow you to keep up your home’s pristine appearance, but they can also provide your home with a plethora of benefits. At Pinnacle Propane, we want to equip you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision for your home. Below, we have outlined some essential information you will need to know to understand if an underground propane tank is right for you.
Overview of Underground Propane Tanks
Underground propane tanks are large basins that are filled with propane, then secured underground. Unlike above ground tanks, underground tanks can provide your home with a better overall appearance as well as added security.
How Long Do Underground Propane Tanks Last?
With proper maintenance and protection to resist rust and corrosion, underground propane tanks can last anywhere from 30 to 40 years. Underground units are better suited for handling extreme temperatures. Extreme heat and cold can affect the use and function of an above ground tank, but because the underground tank is secured, it is safe from harm due to weather.
Are Underground Propane Tanks Safe?
An underground propane tank requires a more labor-intensive installation process to ensure that it is safe to both you and the environment. Additional protective equipment is used to prevent corrosion and groundwater contamination in the event of a leak.
Underground Propane Tank Installation
Installing an underground propane tank is more complicated than just digging a hole in your yard. This process should always be done by a team of experienced professionals to ensure the tank is installed safely and properly for long-lasting use.
To give you a better idea of the installation process, here’s a quick breakdown.
Step 1. Choosing the Right Tank Size
Propane tanks should only be installed underground if they span 500 gallons or more. This is a standard size tank for homeowners that use propane as their sole source of energy for heating and appliance use.
To find out the best propane tank size for your needs, learn more about residential propane tank sizes.
Step 2. Clearing Your Yard
The first real step in the installation process is excavating your yard. Your Pinnacle Propane specialist will map a place in your yard that is best suited to house the propane tank and ensure that it will not interfere with any other systems for your home.
Legally, your underground propane gas tank must be installed at least 10 feet away from your home and 10 feet away from the edge of your property. The 10 feet ordinance includes any exterior appliances as well.
A typical 500-gallon would require an 11 foot long and four feet wide hole that is five feet deep. For larger homes or extended storage, a 1,000-gallon tank would need a 17 foot long and four-feet wide hole that is also 5 feet deep.
Step 3. Installing and Connecting the Tank
Once your yard has been properly prepped for a tank, our team of experts will follow a specific set of safety regulations and measures when installing the tank. This can include the following:
- Creating and securing a firm foundation
- Covering the tank with soil
- Installing an anode to protect the tank from rusting
Once the tank is fully secured into the ground and connected, a dome will be placed over the top of the tank to protect the valves and other fittings that stick up and out of the ground.
To learn more about the installation process of underground propane tanks or to get started, contact us today. Our team of propane experts are happy to answer any questions that you may have about residential propane services and help you get started.