Bottini Fuel has been in the propane industry for just over 60 years now. When it comes to storage tanks, we know a thing or two. There are two types of storage tanks – above ground and underground. Today we are going to focus on underground storage tanks. Many people do not like the idea of storing propane in the ground. They have a fear that if there is a leak that the fuel could contaminate their soil or potable drinking water. We need you to know that this is not going to be the case. The worst that is going to happen is that some of the plants, trees, and other vegetation may freeze in the local area, but nothing more. They will eventually thaw out and everything will be back to normal. The main reason that people like the idea of storing their tank in the ground is due to the whole out of sight out of mind way of thinking. Let’s face it, if you have a huge storage tank in your front yard it can be a bit of an eyesore.
Either way you decide to go is ok with us. You just need to know that there are some special things that you need to consider if you do decide to place your storage tank in the ground. You need to be ever vigilant. You need to make sure that you are still aware of the smell that will tell you if there is a leak, but you also need to know what to look for. If the plants in the area seem to be freezing, you may have a leak on your hands. If there is no leaking, then there is not enough residual cold coming off the tank that it would have any impact on your grass, plants, or other vegetation. Additionally, you are going to want to remember where you put it. This will be important to know when it comes time to dig in your yard. It would be bad if you forgot where you put it and then decided to put in a pool over the top of it. When the diggers come in, they may puncture the tank and cause a lot of damage to the tank. So, instead of putting in your pool, you are going to be putting in your pool and a new storage tank.
Your propane tank will need proper maintenance. For this, you are going to have to call in a professional. They have the tools to be able to look at your tank and tell you if it is in peak condition. Being underground means that you will have water that is up against the tank and that can cause rust. If the rust gets too bad, you could have a hole in the side, and this could lead to having a leak.
Bottini Fuel just wants to make sure that you know that buried tanks are nice to not look at, but they come with their own set of issues. Just because you are putting your storage tank underground does not mean that you should completely forget about it. Schedule regular maintenance on it and it will keep working for years to come.