Residential • Commercial • Agricultural

Codes and Regulations

For above Ground Tank Replacement

For most residential and some commercial applications, a tank size from 320 gal to 500 gal would be used. Tanks in this size range must be a minimum of 10 ft away from any permanent structure, 10 ft away from any ignition source (power meters, transformers, pool heaters, etc.), 10 ft from property lines, 25 ft from fire pits or other open flames, 25 ft from other fuel tanks (gasoline, diesel, heating oil, etc.), and can not be placed near septic systems, or under overhead power lines.

For Gas Inlet Placement

In most applications, two LP gas regulators are required. One is on the tank, and the other attaches directly to the gas inlet (commonly referred to as a stub). This gas inlet should not be within 3 ft of an above-ground window, or 5 ft of a window below the stub. We also ask that the stub is not more than 48 inches above the ground, and no less than 18 inches above ground. It also needs to be away from power meters, air conditioning units, appliance air intakes, and other sources of ignition. If placement to these guidelines is not possible, there are other alternatives, such as running a vent tube off of the regulator. However, this is not a preferred method. Please let us know before your set date, if these requirements can not be met.

Additional Information

A 500 gal propane tank weighs almost 1000 pounds empty. The Service Tech will need to be able to drive a crane truck close to where you want the tank. We can not cross septic systems, or shallow tile pipe due to the weight of this vehicle. Doing so can cause severe damage to your septic and/or drainage systems. This vehicle needs an area that is unobstructed to at least 10 feet high and wide, without excessively steep grades to safely maneuver into the tank setting position.

The service tech will also need to cut a trench about 4 inches wide, and 12 to 18 inches deep from the tank location, to the gas inlet on the structure. All underground utility lines, and drainage tiles that could be damaged by the trenching machine should be marked. These lines can be marked by your utility company, or by contacting OUPS (Ohio Utilities Protection Service) At 1-800-362-2764. You can also go to their web site by clicking here. If you’re not sure where would be the best place to set your tank, just give us a call.

Underground Tanks

Underground tanks are also available. If you are interested in an underground system, please call us for pricing information. Underground tanks are not available for lease.