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When you convert to propane gas for the fuel in your home, setting up tanks for fuel storage may come with some stipulation that the gas company requires before propane tank delivery can occur. While some specific things change from one company to another, some basic things need to happen for nearly every tank setup.
Preparing The Pad
There are several different ways that you can prepare the ground where your propane tank will sit. Often the best option is to have a concrete contractor come and pour a concrete pad where you want the tank. The concrete pad will support the tank and provide a level surface that can also have anchors placed in it to ensure that the tank does not move. The propane tank delivery can't happen until after the concrete is cured and ready, so check with the propane company to get the dimensions of the tank as soon as you are prepared to start considering propane tank delivery, so there are no delays in delivery. An alternative to the concrete pad might be a gravel pad if the gas company allows it. The soil will need to be leveled, and a layer of gravel or crushed stone put down than compacted before the tank is set on it. The gravel is a good option for areas that have drainage issues because it will allow water to drain away from the tank instead of building up around it.
Gas Line Installation
When the propane tank delivery is complete, the gas company will come to run the gas line to your house, shop, or maybe both. If you can have the contractor that you are using to do the concrete or gravel pad in for you, install a pipe underground to run the fuel lines through, it will save some time and make the tank and gas installation go much faster. The pipe will need to be rated for underground burial, and there may be a depth that the gas company mandates for the gas lines. Typically these lines are not secured with concrete because they may need to be moved but need to be secure so the depth could be critical.
Check with the gas company about the details for this underground line to ensure it is put in properly. If the line is not put in correctly, the gas company may not be able to use it, and it could delay the installation of the gas service to your home.Share
20 January 2021