Underground Propane Tank Installation Guide

Trust ProGas with Your Tank Installation!

propane tank installation pennsylvaniaAre you one of those people who love having propane in their home…but don’t love seeing their propane tank?

ProGas offers a solution: install your propane tank underground! We’ll help handle every facet of installation.

There are several benefits of an underground propane tank. For starters, your yard looks better. You’ll also regain most of the yard space occupied by the tank itself. Underground tanks are generally considered safer, as they are not affected by fluctuating temperatures. Plus, in the rare event of a leak, the propane will simply dissipate into the ground. It does not harm soil or plant life.

Here are some key parts of the process of installing an underground propane tank at your home.

The Size of Your Tank Matters

ProGas offers underground propane tanks in 500- and 1,000-gallon sizes. Which you choose will depend on factors such as your propane usage and how much space you have for a tank.

A 500-gallon tank requires a hole 12 feet long, 5 feet wide, and 6 feet deep.

A 1,000-gallon tank requires a hole 18 feet long, 5 feet wide, and 6 feet deep.

Whichever size you choose, our reliable propane delivery with options such as Keep Full automatic delivery and wireless propane tank monitoring will ensure you’ll always have the propane that keeps your home comfortable.

The Location of Your Propane Tank

Your propane tank can’t be buried just anywhere in your yard. Safety standards and local codes play a large role in where your underground propane tank will be placed.

For example, tanks need to be buried at least ten feet from your house and other structures and must be ten feet from your property line. The experts at ProGas will carefully go over your property, taking into consideration factors such as septic tanks, driveways, and underground electrical lines to determine where the tank will ultimately be placed.

Necessary Permitting

You will need permits for excavation and installation to make sure your propane tank is installed professionally and properly so it will work safely. We’ll help you throughout that process.

Excavation and Installing the Tank

Installation begins with an excavator digging a hole for the tank and the propane gas lines to your home, as well as any outdoor propane appliances such as a grill, pool heaters, or firepits that should additionally be connected.

What happens next depends on where you live. If your home is along a lake or river, or near it, you may need a concrete pad for the tank to rest on. In most cases, the tank is placed on a layer of sand or clean fill for proper draining and to protect it from rocks and other debris.

Sacrificial anode backs are attached to the tank to protect it from corrosion. The tank is then buried with fresh soil free of rocks and other debris that could damage the tank. Valves and other controls are kept above ground and a protective cover is installed over them.

If you’re ready to get your new underground tank installed, contact us today and we’ll help you get started.

ProGas is 100% committed to your comfort and safety as we strive to deliver excellent service. Our drivers are carefully trained to bring your residential, commercial, or industrial fuel promptly and efficiently. We proudly serve communities throughout the Western Pennsylvania region as well as parts of Eastern Ohio and Northern West Virginia.