Oil Heat Homeowners Face New MA Law

Real Estate Agent with Vesta Real Estate Group 9052498

MA home oil tankAttention all Massachusetts homeowners with oil heating systems, a new law must be followed by July 1, 2010.

What do you have to do?

Upgrade your heating system equipment to prevent leaks from tanks and pipes that connect to your furnace.  The upgrade is:

Install an oil safety valve or an oil supply line with protective sleeve on systems that don't currently have this system.

Benefits for the Homeowner

The new law requires insurance companies that write homeowners policies to offer coverage for leaks from heating systems that use oil.

A leak may result in exposure to petroleum vapors in your home.

If the leak reaches groundwater or soil beneath your home, then a cleanup must be performed to restore your property to the tune of up to $250,000.  Even a "simple" leak can be as much as $15,000.  Several hundred Massachusetts homeowners experience some kind of leak each year.

Read all the specifics at this Massachusetts Homeowner Oil Heating System Upgrade and Insurance Law webpage.

What does it Cost?

Typical cost is from $150-$350, which includes parts, labor, and permits.

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Ed Daniels is on Vesta Real Estate Group of Keller Williams.  Based in Metrowest Massachusetts, the Team has served MA since 1998.  Serving the communities of Framingham, Holliston, Franklin, Milford, Natick, Ashland, Southborough, Westboro, Marlboro, Upton, Medway, Sherborn and others. 

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Comments (1)

Jim Mushinsky
Centsable Inspection - Framingham, MA

Great information.

It might be a good idea for seller's to have a certificate of compliance from a licensed oil burner technician to avoid potential delays or questions after a home inspection.

May 07, 2010 11:08 AM

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