For all solid fuel burning heating and cooking appliances a good chimney is absolutely essential. This will ensure your heating and cooking appliances are safe to use and also efficient. It has been recommended that you have your chimney cleaned out by a chimney sweep who’s been approved by HETAS. Your chimney should be cleaned out once a year at the very least but this largely depends on the fuel and appliance that is being used. Some chimneys need cleaning out more than others.
Your chimney sweep will be able to advise you on how many times your chimney will need cleaning. A chimney sweep that has been approved by HETAS would have carried out all the necessary training via training courses and will also be a member of chimney sweep trade associates. A HETAS approved chimney sweep will be a member of one of three trade associations.
What are the reasons for sweeping a chimney/flue?
The purpose of a chimney is to allow movement of air, to remove combustion gases that are very dangerous. When you regularly sweep your chimney/flue you will be removing creosote and soot, which will greatly help to prevent your chimney from catching fire. Regular cleaning will also help to increase the efficiency of appliances. Blockages, cobwebs and also bird nests will also be removed when you sweep your chimney/ flue regularly.
How regularly should you sweep your chimney/flue?
The amount of times you need to sweep your chimney or flue will largely depend on the type of fuel being used and also the appliance that’s being used. The amount of times you use the appliance will also affect how often it will need to be swept. Obviously, the more you use an appliance the more it will require cleaning. The moisture content of the wood fuel and the type of chimney you have will also contribute to the amount of times you need to have your chimney swept. Your chimney sweep will let you know how often you will need to have your chimney cleaned out.
Will there be any mess?
This is one of the top questions people ask when they think about having their chimney swept. The answer is no, there rarely is any mess when sweeping a chimney. Your chimney sweep will know all the techniques and practises that should be carried out to prevent any mess in the home. If your chimney is blocked or if you have a bird’s nest in your chimney then sometimes dust may escape and this could cause some mess but nothing substantial.
What is the cost of having your chimney swept?
Well, there is no definite answer to this question, all appliances are different and all chimneys are different. Costs will vary and some sweeping jobs take longer than others to complete. If extra time is needed, for instance if there is a blockage in your chimney, then you may have to pay more for the job. When you compare prices make sure you are comparing like for like and that each of the chimney sweeps are HETAS approved. Prices will also vary when it comes to your location and where in the country you are based.
When you have your chimney swept out by a guild sweep they can offer you expert advice on the best ways you can make the most out of fuels and also your fire or stove. In the long run this expert advice could save you a lot of money and time.