Making the switch from electric to gas can be exciting. There are so many benefits to using gas for various appliances around the house. But rather than getting into those, we need to tell you what you’ll need to get ready for your new propane tank. That’s why we’ve made a guide on how to prepare your home for a propane tank installation.
Decide on a Size
Before any preparations are made, you’ll need to decide on which size of propane tank your house will need. The best way to do this is to make a list of the things you want to be controlled by gas. Stoves, water heaters, and central heating systems are just a few things that can use propane.
After you figure that out, either research online or talk with your propane providers about which size will be the best fit for you. Once you’ve got all of that squared away, then you can move on to the actual home preparations that’ll need to get done.
Find a Suitable Location
Regardless of the size you choose, find a flat, sturdy surface to serve as the future site of your propane tank. Locations such as a concrete porch or driveway would be ideal, but you might need more room than those can provide. If that’s the case, select a secluded spot in your backyard to pour some concrete that it will be able to sit on.
If you don’t want to do that, underground installation is a viable choice as well. Find an area that you don’t mind being dug up that doesn’t already have any pipelines or wires going through it. You can hire someone to check these things for you, or your service might do it themselves. Be sure to consult with them if this is the route you’d like to take.
Clear a Path for Installation
Make sure that the installers have a way to get to the spot you want the tank to go from the main road. They will give you an idea of things that will need to move, but some common things that you can get out of their way are cars, patio furniture, and if you have any kids or pets, their toys.
Kids and pets must stay inside during the day of installation. You wouldn’t want them getting in the way or getting hurt. If there is anything that you can’t possibly move, be sure to let the propane company know about it before they get there so that they can plan for the obstacle.
Ask Questions for More Details
If we haven’t made it evident in our previous tips on how to prepare your home for a propane tank installation, don’t be afraid to ask your propane provider any questions you might have. We’ve only covered the basics here. Everyone’s property is different, so none of these solutions are a catch-all answer. If you decide to go with our propane company, we have a webpage that goes over common things you’ll need to know for our home propane tank installation process.
By David Coon