Why Clean?

Chimney maintenance is essential to aid the prevention of chimney fires and reduce the risk of dangerous fume emissions from blocked heating appliances, flueways, and chimneys.

By having your chimney swept on a regular basis, soot and creosote can be removed, helping to prevent a chimney fire. Sweeping will also increase the efficiency of some appliances by simply cleaning out the soot, cobwebs, or debris. Without proof of sweeping you could also invalidate your house insurance.

You may have heard of Carbon Monoxide, this is a silent killer; it has no colour, taste, or smell. Even low levels of Carbon Monoxide can lead to permanent ill health or death, with children and pets especially susceptible. The early symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning can easily be mistaken for flu. Symptoms include; nausea, headaches, tiredness, dizziness, and pains in the stomach and chest. Look out for sooting or staining around your appliance; this can be a sign that gasses are not being adequately vented.

It is vital that appliances are properly installed, serviced, and have sufficient ventilation. You MUST also have a Carbon Monoxide alarm installed in the same room as your appliance.

How Often?

How frequently you need your chimney swept will depend on a number of factors including:

  • Type of fuel
  • Appliance
  • How often it is used
  • Moisture content of wood/fuel
  • Type of chimney

The following recommendations are provided by the relevant industry organisations, depending on the type of fuel used:

 

Fuel

Frequency

Smokeless

At least once a year

Wood

Quarterly (when in use)

Bituminous Coal

Quarterly (when in use)

Oil 

Once a year

Gas

Once a year