Firstly and most importantly, for your safety – chimneys need to allow dangerous combustion gasses to escape up the passage. If this doesn’t happen you could end up breathing these in and seriously affect your health. Additionally, regular cleaning will get rid off creosote and soot, which will prevent the likelihood of chimney fires. Cleaning can increase the efficiency of some appliances too. If you don’t get your chimney swept, blockages like birds nests, cobwebs and the like can accumulate!
Are there smoke marks just above the fireplace? This is because smoke is leaking back into the room and you should definitely get in touch to gain advice and a quote. If you also have visible tar in the chimney or stove, a smoking chimney or soot dropping from the chimney, you will need your chimney swept. A strong smell from the chimney or animals such as birds nesting means you will need a chimney sweep too.
If there is soot present in the chimney and you have the chimney closed off it is possible this soot will get damp which turns into an acidic slurry. In an old chimney this can soak up in the walls and cause problems. To prevent this you should get your chimney swept before you have it closed off.
This is dependant on the type of fuel you use and how often you use it. As a general guideline please see below. If however, you notice any signs that you need a sweep (indicated and outlined above) call us for advice.
- Smokeless fuel: at least once a year
- Wood: quarterly
- Bituminous coal: quarterly
- Oil: once a year
Gas: once a year
Cost depends on how many fireplaces, number of floors and area you live in. If you email or call us with this information we would be happy to give you a quote.