Why do I need to have my chimney swept?
Chimneys need to allow for the free passage of dangerous gasses. Regular cleaning will remove soot and creosote, helping prevent dangerous chimney fires. Cleaning will increase the efficiency of some appliances. Bird nests, cobwebs and other blockages will be removed.
How often does my chimney need sweeping?
The sweeping frequencies below are for guidance only. Frequency will depend on a number of factors including; type of fuel, appliance used, duration of use, moisture content of wood fuel and type of chimney.
- SMOKELESS FUEL: AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR
- WOOD: QUARTERLY WHEN IN USE
- BITUMINOUS COAL: TWICE A YEAR WHEN IN USE
- OIL: ONCE A YEAR
- GAS: ONCE A YEAR
What is the best time of year for sweeping?
We would recommend getting your lined chimney swept after you have finished using it in the Spring or Summer months.
For those of you who require a twice yearly visit, we would recommend getting your mid-season sweep done in January / February.
Does it make mess?
Generally, no, and you shouldn't know we've visited. There are the rare occasions where we may encounter excessive soot build up within the chimney, poorly installed appliances or stubborn bird nest build ups, although we will always do our very best to make sure all dust is contained to the best of our abilities. If you are concerned, and have some spare sheets, feel free to cover any light coloured soft furnishings in the room as this is not something we do as standard.
What should I do to prepare for the sweep's visit?
In general we will need a clear passage to the chimney and adequate space to work in. Clear ornaments from the hearth and perhaps from the mantelpiece. We would kindly ask that you please clear your appliance of any cinders, ash and other items in the fire-bed.
Do you offer certificated Sweeps?
Yes, we issue industry standard certification with every sweep.