Why do I need to get my chimney swept?
Chimneys need to allow the free passage of dangerous combustion gasses. Regular cleaning will remove soot and creosote, helping prevent dangerous chimney fires. Cleaning the chimney will increase the efficiency of appliances. Bird nests, cobwebs and other blockages will be removed.
How often does my chimney need sweeping?
Frequency of sweeping will depend on a number of factors including: Type of fuel type, appliance used, duration of use, moisture content of wood fuel and type of chimney. For occasional use, once a year should be sufficient. For more frequent use, especially if you burn a lot of wood in a stove, then you may have to have your chimney swept more often. I would be able to give you more advice once your chimney has been swept and I have obtained information about your usage. For gas and oil once a year should suffice, but you should always follow manufacturer's guidance.
How long does sweeping take?
A normal sweep will take about one hour from arrival to me presenting you a certificate. There are some exceptions to this, such as a very dirty chimney, which will take more time.
What do I need to do to prepare for the arrival of the chimney sweep?
There are a few things to do before the arrival of your chimney sweep. Clear the area around your fireplace and remove any ornaments etc. Make sure your stove or open fire has not been in use on the day I come to sweep your chimney.
How can I stop birds nesting in my chimney?
Birds nesting in chimneys can be a major problem causing smoke to fill the room. Also, nest material is very combustible and could cause a chimney fire. By getting your chimney swept will remove the nest. However, if birds keep returning on an annual basis, you may want to consider having a bird guard fitted.