It is always best to keep your tank regularly maintained to avoid having a leak. But if you do notice one, here’s what’s to do:
- Try to identify the source of the leak and stem the flow at source by turning the tap off where possible and safe to do so.
- Call the Environment Agency’s free 24 hour emergency pollution hotline on 0800 807 060 for advice on how to deal with a leak.
- Place a container such as a bucket under the leak to collect any further spillage.
- Take action quickly to try to prevent the oil from spreading to nearby buildings or entering a river, drain, or ground water by putting down earth or soil to absorb the spill.
- Soak up any spilled oil you can with an absorbent material, such as sand, newspapers, old towels or cat litter. Then dispose of these carefully as they will be highly flammable.
- Do not use detergents or a hose to wash away the spilt oil as this can make the problem worse.
- If you have a plastic tank, rub soap into the split to seal if possible. This is only a temporary solution!
- Contact us for advice on how to remove any remaining fuel from your tank.
- Inform your property insurers about the leak.