How Are Propane Tanks Installed?

Written on: September 26, 2022

Dale Gas & Oil handles all your propane tank needs!

propane tanks wisconsinIf you’re looking for a new propane tank for your Northeast Wisconsin home, Dale Gas & Oil makes it easy!

We offer expert propane tank installation, propane tank leasing, and the most reliable propane delivery around. From the day you contact us, you’re in good hands when it comes to your new propane tank.

Using our affordable propane tank leasing means you are free from many of the initial expenses as well as the maintenance and repair costs of having a propane tank at your home.

Before installing your propane tank, we need to determine where to place it. There are local, state, and federal regulations regarding the safe placement of propane tanks and Dale Gas & Oil is committed to installing your propane tank to the highest standards for safety.

These are some of the most important regulations: 

Propane tanks under 125 gallons water capacity: Must be at least 10 feet from a window air conditioner and a minimum of five feet from a crawl space opening. 

Propane tanks between 125 and 500 gallons water capacity: Must be placed a minimum of 10 feet from a building and at least 10 feet from a line of adjoining property.
Propane tanks up to 2,000 gallons water capacity: Must be placed a minimum of 25 feet from the building and no part of a tank can be less than 10 feet from a building or line of adjoining property. 

Another concern is septic tanks. Propane tanks should not be installed where a septic tank is in the direct path of the propane delivery truck.

From there, what happens next depends on whether you choose an underground or aboveground tank.
With an aboveground tank, we clear and level the ground and install a concrete pad on which the tank will be installed. This pad provides a stable surface for the tank and also keeps it out of contact with the ground. Once the concrete has properly cured, the tank is secured to the pad and the propane gas lines from the tank to your home are installed.

With an underground tank, the hole where the tank will sit is excavated. Once the ground where it will rest is firm and leveled and the tank is secured in place to keep it from floating, the hole is backfilled with dirt free of rocks to protect the tank from damage. After the hole is filled and the lines are installed, a domed cover will be placed over valves and fittings.

In each case, once the tank is installed and the gas lines run, the trench where the gas line is will be covered and leak tests will be performed.

What size propane tank is right for me?

The right propane tank size for you depends on several factors, such as how you use propane and the size of your home. Here are the tanks we carry:

120-gallon tanks. If you use one or two smaller propane appliances like a range or fireplace, this size would likely work for you.

330-gallon tanks. If you use propane for three or more appliances such as a clothes dryer, water heater, and range, you’ll need a tank at least this size. This is also the proper size if you are using a propane whole-house backup generator.

500-gallon tanks. This size tank is required if you use propane for whole-house heating.

1,000-gallon tanks. A large tank like this is most commonly used in commercial and industrial applications. If you have a very large home and use propane for high-BTU appliances such as heating, and pool and spa heating, as well as for cooking and fireplaces, this size tank may be needed.

Dale Gas & Oil is here for expert propane tank installation and reliable propane delivery. Become a customer today!