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The Pros (And Cons) Of Having An Underground Propane Tank

Heating your home with propane is a great idea - it’s clean, efficient, and relatively inexpensive.

But often, part of the package that comes with propane heat is a large tank that is an eyesore on your property.

If you’re sick of that propane tank cluttering your yard or just now beginning to heat your home with propane, there is another option for you: underground propane tanks.

But surely there’s a lot of red tape involved with burying a propane tank, right? Can you even bury a normal one, or do you have to buy something special?

At Affordable Tanks, we know how it feels to be worried about making a good decision - especially when that decision could be very “explosive!”

That’s why we want to talk about the pros and cons of underground propane tanks - so you can make a good decision and invest wisely in your future!

Pros Of Underground Propane Tanks

There are reasons to choose an underground propane tank, as well as reasons to shy away from it. Let’s begin by looking at the advantages of an underground propane tank.

1 - Home and Property Aesthetics

An underground tank is not visible above ground, making it an attractive choice for people who don’t want unnecessary eyesores outside of their homes or businesses.

But here’s the thing:

Code requirements don’t allow anything to be placed on top of a propane tank that is installed underground. That means that your plans to put a patio or swing set on top of it aren’t going to work.

However, an above-ground tank still takes up space, which means they might get in the way of recreation and other activities. And maintaining your lawn around the tank can be a real headache.

Plus, they don’t look good! And they are challenging to hide since any large tank needs to be several feet away from any structures.

Here’s the bottom line:

Underground propane tanks give you more flexibility in your yard and allow you to keep your property looking sharp!

underground propane tanks aren't intrusive on property

2 - More Difficult To Steal

When you think of items that are likely to be stolen from your home, a propane tank is probably not high on the list.

However, some thieves do target propane as a valuable commodity.

Why would someone steal a propane tank?

  • Tanks are stolen for use in the meth industry

  • Tanks are stolen for black-market resale

  • Tanks are stolen for the propane itself

And truth be told, the tanks are an easy target. They are always outside and usually unguarded. And with the cost of propane being over $2.00 per gallon, you can see why some thieves would target it.

Thankfully, most thieves will take their chances on an above ground tank instead of rolling in with an excavator to try to swipe an underground tank!

propane tank thieves can't steal underground propane tanks

3 - Easier Temperature Regulation

On sweltering summer days, heat builds up inside propane tanks, and when this happens, the tank’s pressure relief valve may release propane.

The thought of wasting propane makes homeowners sick - and understandably so.

Thankfully, tanks stored underground don’t face this issue since they are protected from weather conditions by the soil.

Cons Of Underground Propane Tanks

While there’s plenty of upside to underground tanks, there are a few factors to consider before buying a propane tank.

Let’s take a look at what you should consider.

1 - More expensive

Underground propane tanks are slightly more expensive than above-ground tanks. This cost difference comes from the extra work that is needed in excavating.

Another minor extra cost is the additional protective features needed to keep the tank safe from corrosion and contamination.

However, installing an underground propane tank is relatively simple. A professional installation only takes 3-4 hours.

cost of underground propane tank

2 - Floating Tank Problems

If your underground propane tank is not installed correctly, or if you live in an area that is prone to flooding, your tank may float.

A floating tank is exactly what it sounds like - a tank that begins floating because it is not adequately secured and because of excess water.

Unfortunately, the results can be disastrous:

  • Cracked tanks

  • Broken tank straps

  • Twisted and damaged supply lines

  • Damage to your yard and landscaping

damage of a floating propane tank

Thankfully, tanks can be completely submerged in water as long as they are appropriately strapped and ballasted.

And if you do have an issue with your tank, don’t hesitate to hire a professional propane tank service and repair company.

3 - Easy Access

If your tank malfunctions and is underground, digging it up and getting it repaired can be a bit of a headache.

Thankfully, propane tanks rarely malfunction, and if you buy a quality tank, it should last for your entire lifetime.


Underground propane tanks have both advantages and disadvantages.

If keeping your property beautiful is your top priority, then they are the best option for you. If price and ease of access matter more, you may want to consider an above ground tank.

Either way, you can get in touch with the team at Affordable Tanks.

We offer full service installations, sell stand alone tanks and repair tanks.

We are fully certified, fully insured, and guarantee excellent customer service.

Contact us today and get a free estimate. We look forward to hearing from you!

affordable tanks is a certified underground propane tank provider

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