Fairfield County Homes for Sale: New Requirements in Effect for Massachusetts Homes Heated by Oil

New Requirements in Effect for Massachusetts Homes Heated by Oil

I'm reblogging this post from Margo Otey in Massachusetts because Connecticut law often follows Massachusetts law in environmental protection.  When your heating system needs to be replaced, consider switching to gas because of the environmental hazards inherent in bringing underground oil tanks into the home.

Important information for Massachusetts Homeowners with Oil-fired Heating Systems!       
Under a new Massachusetts state requirement that took effect on September 30, 2011, owners of 1-to-4 family homes heated with oil must have an oil safety valve or an oil supply line with a protective sleeve on their heating equipment. Estimated cost of installation $150-$350 (including labor, parts and local permit fees). Installation must be performed by a licensed oil burner technician. The law applies to all homeowners, regardless of whether or not the home is being sold.
This fact sheet contains important information for those who heat their homes with oil. By September 30, 2011, you must upgrade your home heating system equipment to prevent leaks from tanks and pipes that connect to your furnace. By making a relatively small expenditure now, you can prevent a much ...

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Comment balloon 4 commentsGail Robinson • October 22 2011 08:25AM


Gail, Oh my... but if it is only a suggestion to remove an inground tank, wonder how this will fly?

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

Andrea - Sorry, I should have worded my intro differently.  There is no requirement in Masschusetts or Connecticut law to pull out underground tanks and put them in your home.  I was making the suggestion that rather than do that, it's better to swtich to gas because it just doesn't make sense to bring an environmental hazard into your home.  Of course anyone with an underground oil tank who leaves it there is making a risky gamble that it won't leak.  I've seen too many cases where oil tanks did leak and where costs were in the tens of thousands.  People shouldn't wait.  They should pull their underground oil tanks out BEFORE they leak.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 7 years ago

Hi Gail - Many people around here have converted to gas.  I did so years ago and am very happy with the decision.  Oil is also very expensive.

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) over 7 years ago

Gail inground oil tanks can be expensive to remove, but it is cheap compared to the cost of the environmental  clean up if it leaks.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 7 years ago

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