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Starting July, 2010 there will be a new law in place regarding the compliance rules for any
Massachusetts homes heated with oil
. The Homeowner Oil Heating
System Upgrade and Insurance Law is not only changing the regulations
for home heating systems, but also includes new legislation for
insurance companies that offer homeowner policies.

Although the
law may require some people to upgrade their systems, costing anywhere
from $150 to $350, the hope is to end the possibility of oil leaks which
have reeked havoc on dozens of Massachusetts homes each year. 

The
cost of an oil leak cleanup can be anywhere from a couple thousand to
$200,000 depending on the severity of the case. Even “simple” leaks have
been found to cost as much as $15,000. When oil leaks seep into a water
source or reach other properties the situation can become much more
complicated.  

The new law requires the installation of an oil
safety valve or
the
installation of an oil supply line with a protective sleeve. Installing
one of these items on average can cost anywhere from $150 to $350
including labor and parts. Any home built on or after January 1, 1990
will likely already meet these requirements. (more)