In this post, we’re going to talk about why it’s important to have your Chimney swept to ensure that it’s looked after and will last a long time!
Why do I need to have my Chimney/Flue swept?
Chimneys need to allow free passage of dangerous combustion gasses. Regular cleaning will remove soot and creosote, helping to 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. Frequency will depend on a number of factors including: Type of fuel, appliance used, duration of use, moisture content of wood fuel, type of chimney. Your Guild sweep will be able to advise on sweeping frequency during the appointment, the sweeping frequencies below are for guidance.
Smokeless fuel: At least once a year
Wood: Quarterly when in use
Bituminous coal: Quarterly when in use
Oil: Once a year
Gas: Once a year
Why should I use a Chimney Sweep recommended by AM Chimneys?
At AM Chimneys we love to give our customers assurance that if cared for properly, your fireplace will last a very long time! By using a Chimney sweep from our recommended list, you can be sure to have someone fully qualified and able to care for your chimney!
Does it make a mess?
This is a very good question to ask when booking any Chimney sweep. The answer should be – very rarely. Chimney sweeps have a number of the best practice techniques for preventing dust escapes. A rare exception may be when the chimney is blocked with a bird’s nest when it is sometimes difficult to contain all dust.
What should I do to prepare for the sweep’s visit?
Ask your sweep this question when booking. In general they will need a clear passage to the chimney and adequate space to work in. Clear ornaments from the hearth and perhaps from the mantelpiece. In particular, clear the grate of any fuel / ash / rubbish as cleaning up before they start is a pet hate of most sweeps.
Do I need to have my gas/oil flues swept?
Yes. Although burning these fuels does not normally deposit soot there are numerous other problems which can affect chimney function and sweeping can solve or identify these. In countries such as Germany, where sweeping all chimneys and flues is a legal requirement, the number of carbon monoxide poisonings and chimney fires are a fraction of the UK.
How much does it cost to have my chimney swept?
How long is a piece of string? Seriously though, there are different types of appliance or chimney and the cost will vary. Some jobs may take longer to complete properly so expect to pay more if extra time is necessary. If you are comparing prices of different sweeps try to make sure you are comparing like for like. Cost may also vary in different parts of the country. Guild sweeps can often supply expert advice on fuels and how to get the best out of your stove or fire. This advice alone could save you more than the cost of a sweep over the course of a burning season.
I’ve just moved house – do I need to have my chimney cleaned?
Yes! A chimney fire isn’t the kind of housewarming you want.
Check out our Chimney Sweeps page to see our list of highly recommended companies!