Safety Information

Chimney fires can not only destroy homes but also endanger the occupiers of the dwelling.

Most insurance companies will no longer pay out for claims made due to chimney fires unless the chimney has been swept by a professional chimney sweep and a valid certificate of sweeping issued that is recognised by insurance companies. If the fire brigade is called out to a chimney fire and it is proven that the chimney has not been properly maintained, then the local council can bill you for the call out, which can be expensive!

Slow-burning chimney fires don’t get enough air or have enough fuel to be as dramatic or visible as their more spectacular cousins. The temperatures they reach are very high and can cause damage to the chimney structure and nearby combustible parts of the house. Use only recommended fuels for your appliance and flue type

Chimneys need to allow the free passage of dangerous combustion gases. 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 help

to increase the efficiency of appliances. The frequency of Chimney Sweeping will depend on a number of factors which include the type of fuel used, appliance, duration of use, moisture content of wood fuel, and the type of chimney you have.

The sweeping frequencies below are for guidance purposes only:-

  • Smokeless Fuel: At least once a year
  • Wood: Quarterly when in use
  • Bituminous Coal: Quarterly when in use • Oil: Once per year
  • Gas: Once per year

It is essential that all flues are kept clean and clear

of debris and vermin nests. It will also help with the prevention of chimney fires and even carbon monoxide poisoning. If you have just moved house, then it is important you have your chimney swept as soon as possible as you may not necessarily know when it was last cleaned properly by a professional Chimney Sweep.


Q: Why does a chimney need sweeping?

A: To prevent build up of soot that can cause a chimney fire plus soot can block up the chimney causing hazardous fumes entering your home.

Q: How often should I sweep my flue?

A: This depends on the fuel you use: Smokeless coal – at least once a year Wood – up to four times a year Bitumous coal – twice a year Oil – once a year Gas – once a year

Q: Which is better, hard or soft wood?

A: Generally speaking hardwood logs tend to be denser than softwood logs, this means that a hardwood log of the same size would burn for longer and give out more heat.

Q: Is the process messy?

A: No, we will take every measure to prevent any mess by the use of dust sheets placed down where we work and a commercial vacuum cleaner is used to clean up any soot and fall out.

Q: How long does the process take?

A: From arriving at the property, depending on how many appliances you need sweeping, it should take anything up to an hour but again this depends on many factors including the state of the flue.

Q: Will you need to get on the roof?

A: No, all sweeping these days are done from the appliance access point and going onto the roof will not be necessary.


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