Winter is coming – Chimney Sweep

Chimney Sweep
Chimney Sweep Swindon

 

WITH winter approaching and temperatures plummeting, people are increasingly lighting their wood or coal fires to keep warm in the evenings.

But first, everyone should book a visit from a professional chimney sweep. Having your chimney cleaned is a requirement that should be done once or twice a year.

It is possible to clean the chimney yourself, but a professional chimney sweep can provide a certificate proving the chimney has been cleaned, which is required for insurance purposes in case of a fire. It is advisable to choose an experienced, well-established chimney sweep.

Blocked chimneys are blamed for many fires and can cause carbon monoxide poisoning as a build-up of soot and tar – and sometimes even birds’ nests – can stop fires or boilers burning efficiently. This can, in turn, cause them to catch fire.

Most local authorities say chimneys should be swept by a chimney sweep twice a year for coal and wood fires or oil boilers; once at the beginning of the season and once in winter. Gas boilers only need the flue to be cleaned once.

The occupant of a property that has a chimney, whether tenant or home-owner, is responsible for having it cleaned. However, the price of this procedure can vary from £50 to £70. Rentosweep charge £50.00 for a sweep including VAT and issue a certificate once completed.

The number of times per year you must employ a chimney sweep varies and for heavy users we would suggest twice per year whereby light users can have there chimney swept once per year.

Where the hearth is closed-off, or there is a thick layer of tar inside the flue or blocked by a birds nest, the cost of cleaning will be higher. Many chimney sweep also charge for working on the roof.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *