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Responsibilities of Underground Propane Tank Ownership

By March 14, 2014 No Comments

You assume many responsibilities when you own a propane tank, but proper use and care can provide you with many years of comfort and good operation.

A recent article published by the Propane Education & Research Council outlines the responsibilities of an underground propane tank owner. In this blog, we’ve summarized the article to help you understand your role in keeping your propane tank operating safely and efficiently.

General Maintenance Requirements
Customers who own their tanks are responsible for upkeep and protection of the tank. It is also the owner’s responsibility to comply with local, state, and national requirements.

Installation, management and repair should be performed only by a qualified service technician.

Revere Gas offers professionally certified service and installations that meet all safety and code regulations on the products we sell. Our knowledgeable service technicians are on-call 24 hours a day if an emergency should arise, and we are Gas Appliance System Check certified to ensure that your propane system is safe and efficient.

Protecting Your Container
Underground propane tanks have distance and placement requirements. They must be:

  • Installed at least 10 feet from a building or line of adjoining property.
  • Protected if vehicular traffic is nearby and located at least 10 feet away from any road, street, driveway or parking lot.
  • Protected by crash –resistant physical protection, such as fences or barriers, if the tank must be located closer than 10 feet from the road.

Tip: Underground tank installation is most common during new home construction. Make sure to ask your installer about the special requirements before you begin the excavation process.

It’s also important to advise all contractors and workers of your underground propane tank’s location whenever construction, excavation, snow removal, or landscaping activity is conducted in the area.

Additionally, keep all gasoline-powered garden equipment, such as riding lawn mowers and garden tractors, away from the dome of your underground tank.

Protecting Against Corrosion and Leaks
For underground tanks installed after January 1, 2011, many states require they have a cathodic protection system to help prevent corrosion of the tank. This is to prevent holes from forming in the tank over time, resulting in personal injuries and property damage.

After a cathodic protection system has been installed, testing must be performed according to a specific schedule, and documentation must be kept by the owner.

In many states, the system must be tested by a qualified service technician within six months of installation and at least every three years thereafter.

Protecting Your Underground Tank Against Flooding
You must have your underground tank properly anchored if you live in or near a flood plain, or in an area where coastal flooding may occur.

Protecting Your Underground Tank Against Extreme Weather
In addition to having your tank properly anchored, it is your responsibility to have your tank and system repaired and inspected by a qualified service technician if damaged from severe weather.

Other Underground Tank Responsibilities

  • Understand all warnings and labels.
  • Understand the terms and conditions of the tank warranty. Is the warranty only extended to the original purchaser of the tank?
  • Check with your homeowner’s insurance provider to confirm your tank is covered.

Remember, it’s up to you to keep your propane tank operating smoothly. If you’d like the help of a qualified technician when it comes to installation or maintenance, give Revere Gas a call. We’ve been doing this for 70 years.  In some situations Revere Gas purchases existing tanks to relieve the homeowner of the maintenance responsibilities.  Click here to read the full article from the Propane Education & Research Council in PDF format.


Source: “Underground Propane Tank Ownership: Know Your Responsibilities” by the Propane Education & Research Council