The primary reason for sweeping chimneys is the prevention of chimney and house fires.
It is important to sweep chimneys regularly so as to ensure the soot in the chimney flue is removed and therefore reduce the risk of chimney fires. Also to aid the safe evacuation of dangerous combustion gases from the fireplace out into the atmosphere.
Any fossil fuel burnt produces Carbon Monoxide (CO) which can be fatal. Therefore, frequent chimney sweeping is essential and will eliminate any risk of the chimney being blocked by bird nests, cobwebs and soot.
How often should I sweep?
Frequency will depend on a number of factors which include the type of fuel used, appliance, duration of use, moisture content of wood fuel as well as the type of chimney you have.
The sweeping frequencies listed below are for guideline purposes only :
Smokeless fuel : Once a year.
Wood : Quarterly when in use.
Bituminous Coal : Quarterly when in use.
Oil : Once a year.
Gas : Once a year.
What should I do to prepare for the sweeps visit?
We will require a clear passage to the chimney and adequate space to work in. We would suggest you clear any ornaments from the hearth and mantelpiece and perhaps you could clear the grate of any fuel, ash or rubbish etc before we arrive.
Do I need to have a lined chimney cleaned?
Yes, contrary to belief once you have had a liner installed on your appliance it is very important to sweep the chimney on a regular basis. Yearly minimal intervals are recommended however, it may be necessary to sweep the flue/chimney every three months when in use.
Can I see the inside of my chimney?
Yes you can simply ask for a CCTV chimney inspection. We have new technology whereby we put our chimney camera into the firebox and up the chimney so that you can see the state of your chimney with your own eyes.