Chimney Sweeping is Important!

Nationally, chimney fires accounted for more than 7,000 incidents dealt with by fire and rescue services between April 2014 and March 2015.

Fire services recommend that your chimney is swept on a regular basis, with more frequent sweeping advised for particular kinds of fires.

This is how often your chimney should be swept:

Smokeless coal use once a year.

Wood up to four times a year.

Standard coal twice a year.

Carbon Monoxide which is odourless and cannot be smelt or seen and can enter into the property undected. The function of sweeping the flues and chimneys is to remove the deposits such as dust and tar that build up when the burning of carbon-based fuels occur, such as wood or coal. Residues from burning fuel, sticks to the inner wall of the chimney or flue called creosote, it is highly combustible . If the wood burner is difficult to start or smoke puffs out when the door is opened, then the chimney is probably clogged with soot and needs to be swept. 

Sweeping also ensures the safe removal of obstructions that may have lodged inside the chimney or flue, such as bird’s nests, cobwebs, debris from collapsed flues (loose bricks etc). Blocked chimneys will not allow toxic and dangerous gases to escape such as carbon Monoxide. If it is not safe to use, then a report will be given stating its condition and attention that is needed.

Responsibility for the maintenance of chimneys:

Any person that uses flued appliances has a responsibility to maintain the appliance and flue. It is often stated that people should take reasonable care within the terms of thier household insurance policies and in the instance of thatched properties, the frequency of sweeping required is often specified by the insurers. Landlords have a duty of care to their tenants, always keep the certificate safe as it will be useful for insurance purposes when selling your home, or letting your property. New Home? When was the chimney last cleaned? Put your mind at rest now.


Main Causes of Chimney Fires:

Infrequent sweeping and cleaning. 2. Burning unseasoned wet wod. 3. Improper appliance sizing.

Overnight burning or smouldering wood for long periods of time in wood stoves.

A clean chimney is a safe chimney

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