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What I do?

Wood burner or Multi fuel burner Sweeping
Parkray Stoves
Open Fires
Inglenooks
Biomass Boilers
Aga, Rayburn or Esse Cookers
Birds nests removed
Certificate of sweeping issued on all flues
Reminders sent
Landlord’s service

Reason to sweep

The primary reason for the sweeping of chimneys is to remove flammable creosote to aid in the prevention of chimney fires. Regular cleaning will remove soot and creosote, helping prevent dangerous chimney fires. Cleaning will increase the efficiency of some appliances

The secondary reason for sweeping of flues are to ensure a clear passage way which the toxic exhaust gasses can escape through. Deaths through carbon monoxide poisoning have been well documented in the press and a major cause is a blocked flue way.

Strange as it may seem you can actually have more build up in the chimney from fewer fires as a cold flue increases the deposits in the liner. A regularly used chimney never fully cools down so the gasses exit quicker reducing deposit build up in the liner.  It is not uncommon to see more deposits in a flue that has had 10 fires as a flue with 100 fires.

 

Avon and Somerset Fire Service Advice https://www.dsfire.gov.uk/YourSafety/SafetyInTheHome/ChimneyFireSafety/Index.cfm?SiteCategoryId=4&T1ID=35&T2ID=122


Birds Nest Removal

Bees, wasps, birds, and squirrels will make use of the warm and sheltered place in your chimney.

A blocked chimney may result in smoke or lethal Carbon Monoxide coming into your 

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So keeping your chimney clear of blockages is vital!