Above Ground vs. Underground Tanks

When deciding what kind of large tank you want at your location, customers should know that they have many options other than tank size. Customers have the option to choose between above ground and underground tanks as well. We here at Kimlin Propane wants every customers to understand the pro’s and cons of purchasing or leasing a tank

Above Ground Tanks

Pros:

  • Tanks are easily accessible in emergency situationsabove
  • Above ground tanks come in more sizes from small as small as 24 gallons to 5,000 gallons. (1,000 gallon restrictions  for residential areas)
  • Tanks can be leased from companies so you do not have to make a life time commitment to a tank size or company

Cons:

  • Sizes will be determined by the amount of space you have available at your location. Tanks need to be located a certain distance away from windows, vents and ignition sources so smaller yards will only be available to have smaller tanks.
  • Location of tanks may be unappealing in your yard. That new flower garden you put in may be the only regulation space for your above ground tank
  • Above ground tanks are exposed to all weather conditions. Brand new tanks can rust after winter seasons; tanks are heavy and can sink in water soiled spots; and tanks pressure can fluctuate in temperature changes.

Underground Tanks

Pros:

  • Tanks are invisible on the grounds so lawns or properties can maintain aesthetics of the areaLiLo_Underground_Water_Tank_Installation_Schematic
  • Purchased tanks can allow you to shop around with multiple LP suppliers so you are not bound to one company, one price
  • Tanks come in larger sizes which means more storage, less deliverers

Cons:

  • Tanks are not easy to ins tall. More often, customers need to purchase an excavation service to dig a hole big enough for a LP tank which can be expensive
  • Tanks are not easily accessible in emergency situations. If a tank needs to be services, the tank needs to be dug up.
  • Tank valves locations can be hard to get to in situations. They can be buried by snow making locations hard to find, landscapers or guest can accidentally run over it, OR the distance to the tank may be hard to reach depending on where it is placed.