Propane Tank Installation
Propane is high-energy, safe for the environment, and effective in numerous applications, including heating, cooking and powering generators. At DM Solutions, we both install and remove propane tanks.
Benefits of Propane
Easy to Access • Propane can be used in places where other options are unavailable. Due to it's portability and abundance, it can be easily transported to different areas including those beyond the reach of a natural gas pipeline.
Affordable • Propane is usually more affordable per BTU than heating oil and always more affordable than electric.
Convenientlly Stored • Propane tanks can last up to 40 years and require little maintenance.
Safe • Propane is environmentally friendly and presents a low hazard risk for home owners.
Inground Propane Tank Installation
We install above underground propane tanks for homeowners as well as commercial properties throughout Hunterdon, Warren, and Somerset County. Aboveground tanks are unsightly and take up a lot of space. Our technicians can install a tank underground, either the tank you already have one, or one that is newly purchased. We will advise on the best placement for your tank as we know the perameters for safely installing the unit.
Propane Tank Removal
Underground propane tanks can last 30 years, and even if the tank develops a leak will not effect soil or groundwater as it is non-toxic, unlike oil or gas. Tank removal is a job best left to professionals. Our technicians are trained in the logistics of safe propane tank removal.
How Long Does a Propane Tank Last?
The life expectancy of a propane tank varies based on the size and use of the tank and how well it has been cared for. On average, a high quality, properly maintained galvanized propane tank will last 40 or more years; some aluminum and composite cylinders can last even longer.
Where Should Your Propane Tank Go?
Above-ground tanks are inexpensive to install and don't have to disrupt your landscaping. The tank must be a certain distance from your home, never on top of a septic system or leach field, and requires a proper foundation to rest on. It's best to avoid wet areas, but drainage systems can be installed to run water away from the area where you would prefer to locate your tank. The tank usually needs to be within 100’ of a solid driving surface for delivery reasons. A further distance is possible and requires a proper site survey to evaluate the area.
Propane Tank Sizes
There are a wide variety of propane tank sizes. Our technicians will help guide you to the appropriate sized tank for your needs.
The four most common tank sizes include:
100lb Propane Tank
- 100lb Propane Tanks: This tank is approximately 4-foot tall and 1.5-foot in diameter. These types of residential propane tanks will hold a little less than 25 gallons of propane when full and can be used for things such as home fireplaces, dryers and grills. These tanks are small enough to fit in many places larger tanks can’t. These tanks are not made with a gauge which tells you how much propane you have remaining. It is recommended to have two set up, connected by an automatic change-over regulator that changes from green to red when the first tank runs out.
420lb Propane Tank
- Four feet tall and three feet in diameter, these tanks can hold 100 gallons of propane when filled to 80-percent capacity. They are used for home heating, hot water, dryers, fireplaces, generators, and pool heaters. There are restrictions on the placement of these tanks, including not having more than four of them hooked up side-by-side.
500 Gallon Tank
- While other tanks are measured in pounds, these tanks are referred to in gallons. These are the most commonly installed and measure three and a half feet tall and ten feet long. These tanks hold 400 gallons when 80% full. They are used for home heating systems, generators and pool heaters. They should be at least ten feet from the opening of a building, any source of ignition, and from the property line.
1000 Gallon Tank
- 1000 gallon propane tanks are used for whole home systems, home and pool heating, and generators. A standard 1000 gallon tank holds 800 gallons of propane. The dimensions are 16' 2" long and 41" in for this tank. Commonly placed in areas with longer and colder seasons.