21st century chimney sweep


In Consumer Advice

Your chimney is an important part of your home, helping to provide warmth and comfort, but it also needs regular maintenance to keep it in safe working order. Did you know that if you have a gas or solid fuel heating appliance in your fireplace, you should have your chimney or flue regularly swept? With wood burning stoves as popular as ever, its vital householders are aware that flues and chimneys need regular maintenance.

Chimneys allow combustion gasses to safely escape from properties, so it’s incredibly important that they are clear from debris. A blocked chimney or flue can have dire results including fire, inhalation of fumes such as carbon monoxide and can also cause smoke damage to your home. In fact, there are thousands of chimney fires across the UK annually, usually caused by a build-up of debris from soot and blockages such as bird nests.

Regular sweeping removes soot, creosote, bird nests, cobwebs and other unwanted blockages. Cleaning will also improve the efficiencies of some appliances, so it keeps you safe and can save you money on your heating bills.

Although appliances vary a basic rule of thumb is that you should have your chimney swept:

Smokeless fuel: At least once a year

Wood: Quarterly when in use

Bituminous coal: Quarterly when in use

Oil: Once a year

Gas: Once a year

Source: The National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS)

Forget images of scrawny children, modern day, 21st century sweeps are trained and hold qualifications. Many are members of their own trade or professional bodies too. Look out for:

The National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS)

Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps

Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps