And if that wasn’t enough, fuel oil has seeped up through the newly poured concrete basement, creating an odor that still permeates the house.
Rob said he’s not sure what to do about that, but he doesn’t think it’s right that the spill wouldn’t be covered by his insurance policy.
The Kamerlings said they believe spills could occur for any of the 2,000 households statewide that heat with fuel oil.
“Not only is our home un-sellable, un-rentable and un-livable,’’ they said, “we are looking at astronomical amounts due in fines and remediation costs. If you heat your home with fuel oil, have your supplier inspect your tank annually and sign off on its condition.
“And if you think you have all your bases covered with your homeowner’s insurance, better think again.’’
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at email@example.com. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.