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Why Should I sweep my Chimney?

There are 3 reasons why you should get your chimney swept, these are:


- To protect your health, breathing in the fumes from gas or solid fuel fires can cause serious damage to your health. Having your chimney swept will help make sure that the flue is clear to allow the dangerous fumes to escape safely out of the chimney.


- To avoid chimney fires. By having your chimney swept regularly this will drastically reduce the chances of having a chimney fire. Chimney fires can cause property damage the least usually being a cracked chimney pot. Which will need to be replaced and the worst being you could lose your home!


- To avoid smoke damage, Each time the fire is used, soot will accumulate up the chimney. Gradually, this will decrease the size of the flue which in turn, will lower the draw of the smoke upwards. If the chimney does not have enough pull, the smoke will enter into the room, not only causing irritation to you, but can also blacken your fireplace or the decoration above.

 

How Often Should I sweep my Chimney?

This depends on how often the fire is used and what you burn. A general guideline is, For occasional evening and weekend use, Once a year is enough. For more frequent use, you should have your fire swept once before you start having fires then once again half way though the burning season.

Carbon Monoxide

A carbon monoxide build up is something that happens when heating appliances aren't burning all of their fuel properly.  This waste gas can be extremely dangerous and can needlessly shorten lives.  It is not widely known that low levels of exposure can be just as life threatening as large amounts.  Therefore it is essential to have your chimney swept regularly every year to limit the chances of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide include:

  • Dizziness and nausea

  • Fatigue and confusion

  • Stomach Pains

  • Shortness of breath

  • Physical sickness

Where a fixed solid fuel appliance is installed in a dwelling, a carbon monoxide alarm should be present in the same room as the appliance away from any doors or windows, which may give a false reading.

Chimneys need to allow free passage of dangerous gases. 

Regular cleaning removes soot and helps prevent back flow of carbon monoxide and other gases.