An oil leak can cost Mass. couple their newly purchased home

A young Massachusetts couple who are in the process of starting a family face an uncertain future due to an oil leak in the basement of their Wareham home. Brian and Emmaline Proctor said the leak from the oil tank in their basement happened last month when about 25 gallons of oil covered the floor in 20 minutes. “I could see it coming out of the tank, so I knew it was home heating oil,” Brian Proctor said. “Well, it’s a pain, but it’ll be covered. It’s okay. We’ll be fine after a few weeks or something,” Emmaline Proctor said. The flight forced the Wardens and their little girl to leave their house. for five days and unfortunately things did not improve from there. According to the couple, the contractors discovered oil contamination at least 7 feet below the ground under their basement and they quickly learned that their landlord’s insurance policy did not cover an oil leak. One contractor has estimated the environmental cleanup will cost around $200,000 – more than half of what overseers paid for the house when they bought it just 16 months ago. “We’re due our second baby in a few months and we don’t even know where we’re going to live,” said Emmaline Proctor. Attorney Susan Crane, who has represented hundreds of families in similar situations, said many Many home insurance policies don’t automatically cover oil leaks like the one the Proctors suffered. “My clients almost all have spills that cost more than $100,000,” Crane said. everyone who was an oil tanker to take out a special endorsement that will cover the release of heating oil.” , supervisors hope their pain can be a warning to others. “If we can get other people to know more, they can save their house and their financial situation. This way, no one who does this happens to them will have their life ruined,” said Brian Proctor. In addition to impending cleanup costs, the Proctors must run a fan in their basement 24 hours a day to ventilate oil fumes from the basement. Click here to go to a GoFundMe page set up by a friend of the couple to help with the cleaning costs.

A young Massachusetts couple who are in the process of starting a family face an uncertain future because of an oil leak in the basement of their Wareham home.

Brian and Emmaline Proctor said the oil tank leak in their basement happened last month, when about 25 gallons of oil covered the floor in 20 minutes.

“I could see it coming out of the tank, so I knew it was heating oil,” Brian Proctor said.

“The first day it happened, we said, ‘Well, it’s a pain, but it’ll be covered.

The leak forced the guards and their baby girl out of their home for five days and, sadly, things didn’t improve from there.

According to the couple, the contractors discovered oil contamination at least 7 feet below the ground under their basement and they quickly learned that their landlord’s insurance policy did not cover an oil leak.

One contractor estimated the environmental cleanup would cost around $200,000, more than half of what the overseers paid for the house when they bought it just 16 months ago.

“We’re due our second baby in a few months and we don’t even know where we’ll be living,” Emmaline Proctor said.

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An oil leak from that tank in the basement of the Wareham, Massachusetts, home of Brian and Emmaline Proctor could cost the couple up to $200,000.

Lawyer Susan Crane, who has represented hundreds of families in similar situations, said many home insurance policies don’t automatically cover oil leaks like the one overseers experienced.

“My clients almost all have spills that cost over $100,000,” Crane said. “I recommend anyone who has been a fuel oil tanker to take out a special endorsement that will cover fuel oil leaks.”

There is a push for new laws that would require homeowners insurance policies to include oil leak coverage.

But in the meantime, supervisors hope their pain can be a warning to others.

“If we can get other people to find out, they can save their homes and their financial situation. That way no one who doesn’t have this will have their life ruined,” Brian Proctor said.

In addition to impending cleanup costs, supervisors must run a fan in their basement 24 hours a day to ventilate oil fumes from the basement.

Click here to go to a GoFundMe page started by a friend of the couple to help pay for cleanup costs.

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