Why Get Your Chimney Swept?
As wood, coal and other fuels burn in your fireplace, they produce smoke. As the smoke rises up your chimney a chemical called creosote (also known as soot) sticks to the inside of the chimney. As the soot builds up it can narrow and cause blockages inside the chimney, reducing the efficiency and ability of your fires to burn, causing smoke to come back into the room, soot breaking away and falling down the chimney, and worst of all, a chimney fire.
Unfortunately some people do not appreciate how important getting your chimney swept is. With 31,000 chimney fires occuring every year, prevention is the best action.
When burning wood, make sure you burn properly stored and dried hardwood. This gives you a longer burning, hotter fire, and there is less build up of creosote inside your chimney. Burning wet wood will tar up your chimney a lot quicker and give less heat. Remember when burning wood you need your chimney swept at least once a year or once per season when in use. Usually before using your appliance for the autumn/winter season, and then again half way through if you are using your stove or fire heavily.
Smokeless Coals, Oil and Gas appliances should be swept every one to two years, as they produce significantly less chemicals when burnt.
Birds love to make chimneys their homes. If you suspect that you have a feathery family take up residence in one of your flues, then please give me a call and I will be able to remove to remove the nest and fit a bird guard/ rain cowl to the top of your chimney to stop it happening again. Be warned though that once a nest is made, the birds have to fully vacate the nest before any action can be taken.
Getting your chimney swept is an essential part of keeping up your house not only clean, but safe. The best news is that I'm here to save you doing it yourself!
This is a chimney with a build up of creosote. This stuff is flammable!!
A bird's nest will leave your chimney unusable and are a serious fire hazard. Ask me about getting a cowl fitted to stop birds nesting and to keep out the rain.