This page is dedicated to answering the questions that many of my customers have when it comes to having their chimney swept and using it correctly.
Why do I need to have my chimney / flue swept?
Chimneys need to allow the free passage of dangerous combustion gasses. Regular sweeping will remove soot, bird nests, cobwebs and any other blockages. It also removes creosote, which will help to prevent dangerous chimney fires. Chimney Sweeping will also increase the efficiency of some appliances.
How often does my chimney need sweeping?
Frequency will depend on a number of factors which include the type of fuel used and how often the appliance is used.
Why should I use a NACS Chimney Sweep?
Being a NACS Chimney Sweep I undertake a rigorous training course and have to successfully complete a full assessment prior to becoming a NACS Member.
Will having my Chimney Swept make a mess?
As a NACS Chimney Sweep Im very mindful and conscious of making as little mess as possible, and are in fact trained in the prevention of dust escaping during sweeping. However, there are exceptional circumstances e.g. if a chimney may be blocked with a birds nest, which makes it difficult to guaranteed that no mess will be made.
What should I do to prepare for the sweep’s visit?
Normally I will need a clear passage to the chimney and adequate space to work in.
Do I need to have my gas/oil flues swept?
Yes, although burning these fuels does not normally deposit soot, there are still numerous other problems which can affect chimney function which sweeping can solve and help with the prevention of chimney fires and even carbon monoxide
How much does it cost to have my chimney swept?
This depends on a number of factors including the type of appliance or chimney you have .
I’ve just moved house – do I need to have my chimney cleaned?
Yes, as you may not necessarily know when it was last cleaned properly by a professional Chimney Sweep.
What is the best fuel to use?
For certain appliances there is a recommended fuel, also some areas are Smokeless
Why do I need my chimney swept before it is closed off?
If a chimney is closed off, it can become damp. If there is soot in your chimney, then this soot can turn into a black acidic slurry that in an old chimney can soak into the internal walls causing severe problems. If the damp gets bad, then it can penetrate through the wall into the room where it will cause unpleasant stains