These are my most asked questions.
HOW OFTEN DOES MY CHIMNEY NEED SWEEPING?
As a general rule all appliances should be swept once a year. In some cases more frequent sweeping will be required for example thatched properties to fulfil insurance requirements.
DO I NEED TO HAVE MY GAS / OIL FLUES SWEPT?
Yes. Although burning these fuels does not normally deposit soot there are numerous other problems which can affect chimney function and sweeping can solve or identify these. In countries such as Germany, where sweeping all chimneys and flues is a legal requirement, the number of carbon monoxide poisonings and chimney fires are a fraction of the UK.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO HAVE MY CHIMNEY SWEPT?
There are many different types of appliance or chimney and the cost will vary. Some jobs may take longer to complete properly so expect to pay more if extra time is necessary. I cover all aspects of safety and will alert you to any problems or issues. Something that is often overlooked but is of utmost importance is the paperwork. A certificate of sweeping is issued to all flues. Most insurance companies require a valid certificate of sweeping from a chimney sweep, renewed each year. I will discuss sweeping frequency with you to maintain your family and your home’s safety.