Above Ground and Underground Propane Tanks

The Ultimate Guide

Published on August 17, 2023

Propane is a popular fuel choice for homes in Texas, thanks to its affordability, efficiency, and versatility. When it comes to propane tank installation, there are two main options: above ground and underground.

Above Ground Propane Tanks

Propane tank bobtail

Above ground propane tanks are the most common type of tank in Texas. They are relatively inexpensive to install and maintain, and they are easy to access for refilling and maintenance. However, above ground tanks are also more visible and can take up more space in your yard.

Here are some of the pros and cons of above ground propane tanks:

Pros:

  • Inexpensive to install and maintain
  • Easy to access for refilling and maintenance
  • More durable than underground tanks
  • Can be installed in a variety of locations

Cons:

  • More visible than underground tanks
  • Can take up more space in your yard
  • More susceptible to damage from weather and pests
  • Can be a target for vandalism

Underground Propane Tanks

Underground propane tank yard

Underground propane tanks are less common than above ground tanks, but they offer a number of advantages. They are more aesthetically pleasing, they take up less space in your yard, and they are less susceptible to damage from weather and pests. However, underground tanks are more expensive to install and maintain, and they can be more difficult to access for refilling and maintenance.

Here are some of the pros and cons of underground propane tanks:

Pros:

  • More aesthetically pleasing
  • Take up less space in your yard
  • Less susceptible to damage from weather and pests
  • Can be installed in areas where above ground tanks cannot be installed
  • Can be hidden from view

Cons:

  • More expensive to install and maintain
  • More difficult to access for refilling and maintenance
  • Can be damaged by excavation or flooding
  • Can be a target for vandalism

Choosing the Right Type of Tank for You

The best way to choose the right type of propane tank for your home is to consider your individual needs and preferences. If you are on a budget and you don't mind having a more visible tank, then an above ground tank may be the best option for you. If you are looking for a more aesthetically pleasing tank that takes up less space, then an underground tank may be a better choice.

It is also important to consider the local regulations in your area. Some communities have restrictions on the size and location of propane tanks. You should contact your local fire department or building department to find out what the requirements are in your area.

No matter which type of tank you choose, it is important to have it installed by a qualified professional. Propane tanks can be dangerous if they are not installed properly.

Here are some additional things to consider when choosing a propane tank:

  • Size: The size of the tank you need will depend on your household's propane consumption. You can estimate your propane consumption by taking a look at your past utility bills.
  • Location: The tank should be located at least 10 feet away from any building or property line. It should also be located in an area that is not prone to flooding.
  • Maintenance: Propane tanks must be inspected and maintained regularly. The frequency of inspections and maintenance will depend on the type of tank you have.

By following these tips, you can choose the right propane tank for your home and ensure that it is installed and maintained properly.

Additional Information

Here are some of the safety regulations for propane tank installation in Texas:

  • Propane tanks must be installed at least 10 feet away from any building or property line.
    • Propane tanks must be buried at least 12 inches underground.
    • Propane tanks must be properly vented to the outside.
    • Propane tanks must be inspected and maintained regularly.
  • If you have any questions about propane tank installation, you should contact your local propane supplier or fire department.

I hope this blog post has been helpful in explaining the pros and cons of above ground vs underground propane tank installation in Texas. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation and quote.

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