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Some common problems whilst Chimney Sweeping

Common Chimney Sweeping Problems

And How to avoid them!

 

Over the past few months, whilst sweeping chimneys in Marple, Stockport and surrounding areas, I have encountered a number of problems with flues and the way multifuel stoves have been fitted. I have described some of the most common problems that I experience when arriving to sweep a chimney.

No access to the flue or chimney

A very common problem when a stove has not been fitted by an experienced HETAS fitter is that thre is often insufficient or no access to the chimney flue. When fitting a stove without a liner there should always be a hatch in place that allows access to the register plate above the stove to enable the removal of soot. Soot building up on the register plate can be a fire and safety hazard and can catch fire and lead to blockages. It the past month alone, I have found three examples where access to the register plate was insufficient: Chimneys in Marple, New Mills and Bramhall. If you think you may have this problem, contact a HETAS fitter.

Excessively sooty flue liner

Many customers blieve that because they have a chimney liner fitted, they no longer have to arrange a regular chimney sweep. This is completely wrong! It is essential that you have a liner swept on an annual (at least) basis for the following reasons: The liner has a life span - 25 years if it is a high grade liner or 10-15 years if a low grade. This life span assumes that the flue is swept regularly. Without sweeping or if sweeping only every 2-3 years, the lifespan will reduce by 50% or more. The second reason is that, unlike a big old open chimney with a sixteen inch flue, your liner will only be 5 or 6" in diameter. This means that soot will build up quickly and will potentially lead to a blockage or at the very least a very inefficient fire. The third reason for a very sooty chimney is the use of poorly seasoned and damp wood as fuel. Switch to good quality kiln dried wood from Home fires and fuels to put an end to this problem. Kiln dried logs are usually a little more expensive but work out cheaper as there is little waste and the wood is very dry (typically less than 12% against 25%).

A gas fire with no access to the chimney

It is often a good idea to have your gas fire flue swept every few years, especially if it is placed in an open chimney as chimney deposits (masonary) can build up and potentially block the outlet. Also, where there is no bird guard and nests have formed in the flue. However, if your gas fire is a sealed unit, you will need to have this removed by a Gas Safe engineer before it can be swept. I work with Gas Safe engineer who can coordinate this.

I come across plenty more problems when sweeping chimneys around Stockport. The most important thing that you can do if you use a solid fuel fire, Wood burning or multifuel stove or indeed a gas fire, is to arrange a regular sweep and inspection of the flue. I now arrange an alert system so that customers need not forget to organise a regulary chimney sweep - apart from the obvious risks associated with not having your chimney swept, should a chimney fire occur and you have not had your chimney swept regularly, you may find that your insurance is invalidated.

Call David Qualter - Stockport chimney sweep tel: 07805542569 or 0161 426 0444

 

 

Book your Chimney sweep with Spring Discount

Spring Discount now available for Chimney Sweeping in April, May and June

The warm weather is nearly upon us and now is a great time to book your chimney sweep and service. Not only will you be ensuring that everything is ready for the cold nights (and I had my stove on in August last year!) but you will also save 10% from our standard charge - so £45 for a professional chimney sweep and smoke test. All customers are provided with a certificate of chimney sweeping and this should be kept safely with your household insurance documents. As well as sweeping the chimney we will also check to see that the appliance is in good working order and, for a woodburning stove, will check the door seals and firebricks and advise accordingly.

A ten percent discount

We offer a 10 percent discount for all of our customers who have their chimneys swept from May to July.

Flexible availability

Outside of the busy Winter period we have much more flexibility and availability. In the Winter months we often have very long waiting times and cannot guarentee that we will be able to meet demand in the winter of 2018

Call David Qualter to arrange your booking. )0161 426 0444 or 07805542569

Home fires and fuels provide a professional NACs approved chimney sweeping service in the Stockport, East Cheshire and South Manchester areas.

Spring discount on Chimney sweeping

Spring Discount now available for Chimney Sweeping in April, May and June

The warm weather is nearly upon us and now is a great time to book your chimney sweep and service. Not only will you be ensuring that everything is ready for the cold nights (and I had my stove on in August last year!) but you will also save 10% from our standard charge - so £45 for a professional chimney sweep and smoke test. All cusstomers are provided with a certificate of chimney sweeping and this should be kept safely with your household insurance documents. As well as sweeping the chimney we will also check to see that the appliance is in good working order and, for a woodburning stove, will check the door seals and firebricks and advise accordingly.

A ten percent discount

We offer a 10 percent discount for all of our customers who have their chimneys swept from May to July.

Flexible availability

Outside of the busy Winter period we have much more flexibility and availability. In the Winter months we often have very long waiting times and cannot guarentee that we will be able to meet demand in the winter of 2018

Call David Qualter to arrange your booking. )0161 426 0444 or 07805542569

Home fires and fuels provide a professional NACs approved chimney sweeping service in the Stockport, East Cheshire and South Manchester areas.

Winter is Coming! Time for a sweep

In a few weeks winter will be upon us!

Now is a good time to book your chimney sweep from Home fires and fuels. October to Christmas are very busy months and demand for chimney sweep bookings is very high. We advise our customers to try and book us for a chimney sweep and service before the end of September so that you can be confident of getting us out on a day that suits you. many customers are now ordering their first load of fuel and logs at the same time as their chimney sweep and we are happy to arrange that. We now have an excellent range of fuels including Kiln dried and seasoned logs and can deliver this for free. Please call 0161 426 0444 - David or order your logs via our secure website.

Chimney Sweeping and Log Deliveries

Chimney Sweeping and Log Deliveries across Stockport

Many of our customers are now ordering their logs and coal at the same time as booking their Chimney sweep. If the laste few years are anything to go by, Winters tend to be lasting later and starting later. Now is a great time to stock up on fuel and get the chimney swept so that you do not have to worry about getting it done before the next Winter season. Our best seller this year has been the Bulk bag of Kiln Dried logs. Although they cost a little bit more than the standard seasoned logs, pound for pound they are the best value and ideal if you have a 5KW stove. At only £98.50 they have been very popular. Our Truck sack of logs are also popular when space is an issue.

So, Call us today to arrange your sweep and delivery.

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