BOSTON (CBS) – If you heat your home with oil and have not already upgraded your burner to prevent leaks, you could be facing a lot more than the cost of the oil this fall.
Oil and insurance companies have been alerting homeowners about this for years.
Still, a handful of homeowners still aren’t up to code, which takes effect as a law on Sept. 30, when it comes to having either a shut-off valve on their burner or new, sleeved service lines coming into the house.
Dave Brunell of Pioneer Oil of Worcester said the covered lines are the best option because it’s a permenant fix and relatively easy.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.
“Most lines can run along the wall or up above over the ceiling,” said Brunell. “In a few cases, we do open up around a doorway or a walkway, but by and large, it’s not invasive.”
What’s the cost?
“The oil shut-off device is $180 and the sleeve line runs between $200 and $600,” said Brunell.
Alternatively, the cost to clean up an oil leak could range from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars.