Propane tanks may be installed above or below the ground, but the benefits of a below-ground installation make it a no-brainer to opt for an underground propane tank. For example, you don’t see propane tanks that are located underground so there’s no chance the tank will become an eyesore. Also, when you opt for a Mark Heard Fuel Company underground tank rental you won’t be faced with the need to make a large capital investment.
Benefits of Underground Propane Tanks
These are the most common benefits of installing an underground propane tank.
- Hidden from view. In addition to the many advantages propane gas offers, propane tanks have
the addedbenefit of being hidden from view underground. Access to tank connectionsand fittings is via a small dome that is located a few inches abovethe ground. No capitalexpense for leasing option. Underground tank rentals don’trequire capital expenditure, which means you can use the money you wouldhave spent on buying a tank on other home investments or projects suchas furniture or upgrades to your home. Protection frompossible damage. Underground propane tanks are protected from the elements and fromactivities that might cause damage. So, if there’s a storm, strong winds or falling trees will not knock your tank over. Sheltered fromextreme temperatures. Underground propane tanks can handle moreextreme temperatures than above-ground tanks because they are insulatedby the earth. Even when temperaturesdip below zero or exceed 100 degrees, your mind can be atease. Above-ground tanks, on the other hand, are affected by both extreme temperatures and weatherconditions. Compliance withHOA or Country Regulations. Many home ownersassociations (HOA) and newsubdivisions won’t allow above-ground tanks which means an underground tankmight, in any case, be mandatory for you. Assurance ofcathodic protection. All underground propane tanks have protectivecoatings and cathodic protection systems to ensure that they won’tcorrode and rust once they have been buried. This protection complieswith the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NFPA laws and regulations. Minimized securityrisks. Unfortunately, tanks are sometimes susceptible to vandalism. If yoursis underground, this is a much less likely occurrence.
Ultimately, an underground propane tank is safe, affordable to install, and easy to maintain. Propane is non-toxic, so even if it is accidentally released it won’t contaminate the soil or any water.
Mark Heard Fuel will ensure your underground propane tank complies with all applicable EPA, NFPA, Georgia state gas regulations as well as local zoning ordinances. We have decades of experience installing underground tanks and inspect them regularly so that customers are assured they will last for generations to come.