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Why do I need my Chimney Swept?

Below are just a few of the main reasons why it is important to have your chimney swept.

Avoiding a chimney fire- according to statistics there are on average 7000 chimney fires a year in England alone, most of which were preventable. Having your chimney swept will drastically reduce the chances of having a chimney fire, also insuring the wood you are burning is dry and has a moisture content of below 25% will help further reduce chances of a chimney fire.

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Chimney pipe sooty build up

Protecting your health- breathing in fumes from solid fuel or gas fires can cause respiratory problems. Ensuring your chimney is swept will make sure the flue is clear to allow these dangerous fumes escape safely through the chimney

Avoid Smoke damage- every time your stove is lit soot will accumulate up the chimney. If this goes uncleaned this will gradually reduce the size of the flue and in turn reduce the draw of the smoke upwards. If this flue is reduced too much this can cause smoke to enter the room which can cause irritation and blacken up the fireplace.

Clearing Blockages- Sweeping a chimney will also ensure the safe removal of obstructions that may have lodged inside the flue such as nests, cobwebs, Flue collapse (loose brickwork), which could obstruct the safe exit of fumes.

Tips and Advice

  • Ensure Your Chimney Is Swept Regularly
  • Remind Your Friends And Family To Get Theirs Swept.

How Often?
Chimneys Should Be Swept According To The Type Of Fuel Being Used:

  • Smokeless Fuels – At Least Once A Year
  • Bituminous Coal – At Least Twice A Year
  • Wood – Quarterly When In Use
  • Oil – Once A Year
  • Gas – Once A Year (Refer To Gas Safe Register)

Things to consider

  • Keep chimneys, flues and appliances clean and well maintained
  • Be careful when using open fires to keep warm. Make sure you always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers
  • Ensure the fire is extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house
  • Never interrupt the air supply by blocking air vents or air bricks
  • Avoid slumbering an appliance (unless it has been tested as safe to do so). Slumber mode is when an appliance is purposely set at a low or minimum output normally for overnight burning to be revived in the morning without the need for relighting.
  • Chimneys that have been lined still require regular sweeping.

Fuel for thought

    • Use the appropriate fuel for your appliance – some appliances will be suitable for wood only, some are multi-fuel – check your appliance instructions
    • Never store the fuel next to the appliance
    • When burning logs look for a fuel that is 20% moisture content or lower – source your fuel from an accredited supplier – visit Woodsure to find your local wood fuel supplier.
    • Get a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in accordance with Building Regulations (and test regularly)
    • Last year over 200 people died in fires in the home. You’re at least 4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there’s no working smoke alarm.


      • Responsibilities for the maintenance of chimneys.


      • Renters and owners


      • Any person that uses flue appliances has a responsibility to maintain the appliance and flue. It is often stated that people should take reasonable care within the terms of household insurance policies and in the instance of thatched properties, the frequency of sweeping required is often specified by the insurers.


      • Landlords have a duty of care to their tenants and are required: To repair and keep in working order, any room heater and water heating equipment.

    After a chimney fire

      After a chimney fire has occurred it must be inspected thoroughly as soon as possible by a Certified Sweep before the chimney is used again. This is to ascertain if the rapid and dramatic changes of temperature, which would have occurred within the chimney, have caused any damage and also to determine the need for any remedial measures. It is imperative that the chimney is not used prior to inspection.
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