Chimney Sweeping Questions frequently asked of us:

How often should I have my chimney swept?

A: All flues need to be regularly swept to ensure optimum efficiency and safety. If a flue liner has been installed, regular sweeping will help to increase its lifespan.

The National Association of Chimney Sweeps recommended frequency is set out below:

Type of fuel
Frequency of sweeping chimney
Smokeless fuels Once a year
Bitumous coal Twice a year
Wood Quarterly (when in use)
Gas Once a year

Why do I need to have my chimney swept?

Soot and tar will build up in the flue over time causing blockages and reducing efficiency. There are approximately 10,000 chimney fires each year, most of which are caused by blocked chimneys. Poisonous fumes can escape into your living space and can and do result in death. Your property may not be insured if you do not have your chimney swept regularly and keep a dated certificate.

How long does it take to sweep a chimney?

About an hour. It may take less and sometimes more if there is a problem in accessing the flue or a blockage.

I have just move into a new house. How do I know if my chimney is safe to use?

We recommend that you arrange to have the chimneys swept before using them. We will sweep, test and provide advice.

Do I need to do anything before the chimney sweep arrives?

We will bring sheets and all equipment necessary for sweeping the flue and ensure that no mess is made in your room. It would help if you could ensure the fireplace is free from ornaments and coal buckets etc to enable good working access. Please do not use the appliance for 6 hours before the visit. If you have a gas fire that needs to disconnected before sweeping the flue please ensure that this is done. We can provide details of a GAS SAFE fitter should you require.

What type of fuel can I use on my appliance?

For multi fuel stoves you can burn seasoned or kiln dried logs or smokeless coal. You can also burn briquettes. You should ensure that any wood you burn is of a moisture content less than 25%

My fire isn't working properly, can someone come out to look at it?

In our experience 90% of problems are with the flue rather than the appliance. A chimney sweep will cure most problems and we will always check that the appliance is working correctly as well.


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