Propane is an incredibly efficient resource. In fact, it’s often considered one of the most efficient on the market. The only difference between natural gas, electricity, and propane is the simple fact that a person can deliver propane. When you have an underground tank system, your unit will be refilled once you’ve begun to run out. It’s as easy as calling for service. A residential underground propane system is an out-of-sight out-of-mind solution.
An underground tank is exposed to unique elements and set of conditions. Due to this, we must consider certain precautionary methods, and measures are put in place to protect the tank itself.
- Cathodic Protection – The ground has natural electrical currents running through it. These currents have adverse effects on metal objects buried in the ground, such as your new propane tank. To protect the tank itself, an anode bag is wired to the reservoir and placed inside the hole alongside it. The anode bag is a “decoy” for electrical currents.
- Tank Coating – To further protect an underground propane tank, experts apply a coating to the outer surface. This material protects the metal from harmful conditions, rocks, and abrasive materials.
Installation and Maintenance
The best time to install an underground propane tank system is from April to October. As long as the ground is not frozen solid, experts can install a tank. The task typically takes just a single day, with the proper crew and materials available on-hand.
Maintenance, on the other hand, is much easier. Your installation expert should check the tank every two or three years, on average. Underground tanks – those with proper precautionary methods in place – enjoy a long lifespan. Furthermore, you may schedule service at your convenience.