Chimney Sweeping & Maintenance

We are registered with the Institute of Chimney Sweeps and are fully insured. This means that the chimney sweeping certificate we issue to you, after sweeping, is perfect for your insurance policies. This is valid for 1 year and we will issue a reminder card when you are next due a sweep. After having your chimney swept you have the safe knowledge that your chimney has been swept in line with the current requirements for your insurance.

We also offer an annual maintenance service in which we will source and replace any damaged fire bricks, grates on open fires or replace cracked glass/firebricks, cement and rope seals on stoves. We can also replace any damaged cowls and chimney pots. Once your stove has been serviced you can be confident that it will burn efficiently for the long winter ahead.

We will also check that your Carbon Monoxide Alarm (legal requirement 2010) is positioned correctly and in working order. Carbon Monoxide is a highly poisonous gas, it has no colour, taste or smell and can be produced by appliances that use gas, wood, oil, coal or smokeless fuel. Carbon Monoxide is potentially fatal and even low-levels of the poison can cause lasting damage to your health.

FAQs

We are regularly asked a lot of the same questions, here are the answers to the most common enquiries

How often should my chimney be swept?

Fire burning smokeless coals, wood, oil or gas must be swept once a year.

Fires burning bisemous coal should be swept twice a year.

Cleaning your chimney/flue on a regular basis ensures that any blockages and soot are removed which reduces the chances of a chimney fire. It also reduces the risk of dangerous fumes such as carbon monoxide and it will increase the efficiency of your fuel (thus saving you money.)

Why does my fireplace smoke back when I use it?

A Chimney will smoke back if the flue is obstructed in some way, (perhaps a fallen leaves, debris or birds nest), sweeping will remove any blockages. However, the chimney may be cold or damp causing insufficient draught or ventilation, and a quick solution can be to lite some newspaper or a small kindling fire which in turn heats up the flue/chimney. Another reason could be the fireplace may not be compatible with size and height of the chimney/flue or the grate is either too low or too far forward in relation to the fireplace recess.

Is it true that sweeping a chimney can be messy?

We offer a professional sweep and guarantee no mess and no fuss. Protective dust sheets will be placed on the floor in front of the area and foam blocks used in the fireplace whilst your chimney is being brushed and vacuumed to prevents any soot or debris entering the room.

If I have a stove with a flue liner, but do I still need to sweep my chimney?

Stoves are usually more efficient than open fires, however they still produce soot and creosote buildup, so they do require sweeping.

Does a chimney sweep need to go up on my roof to clean my chimney?

No, chimneys are swept from the fireplace or through the stove and it is not necessary for us to go up onto your roof. Sweeping Chimneys from below also means we can sweep all year round.

How much will it cost and what will happen?

This depends if you have one or two stories in your property. Prices start from £50 for a straight forward sweep, birds nest or blockages may incur extra charges