What should I do if I suspect an oil leak?

Oil leaks are a risk to public health, so they require immediate action. Follow the guidelines below:

If there is a strong smell of oil in your home:
  • Keep your home well-ventilated by opening windows and doors.
  • Call your fuel supply company or tank supplier for guidance.
If oil has soaked into the ground or entered the watercourse:
  • Call the Environment Agency incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.
If there is oil on the ground (non-organic:
  • Do not attempt to clean the spill with detergent, as this can worsen the pollution.
  • Do not wash oil into grids, as this pollutes the watercourse.
  • Absorb spilled oil with sand.
  • Call your fuel supply company or tank supplier for guidance.
If you find a leak site on your tank:
  • Use a bucket to collect any leaking oil.
  • Apply leak-sealing putty to seal the hole. On plastic tanks, rubbing a bar of soap across the puncture can also provide a short-term solution.
  • Call your fuel supply company or tank supplier for guidance.