- Why does my chimney need to be swept?
A chimney needs to be swept to stop soot, tar, dust or even cobwebs building up and causing restriction or total blockage. If the flue is restricted or blocked carbon monoxide, smoke and fumes will enter your home with possible serious health consequences and damage to your home. As you use your appliance soot builds up in the flue which if not swept correctly may lead to a chimney fire and at the very least will prevent your appliance from working properly.
- Is it messy? Do I cover everything? What do I need to do?
As a professional sweep I can guarantee no mess and no fuss. I bring all my own sheets designed for the sweep trade to put on your floor, but if you wish to cover anything please feel free, after all I am visiting your home. All I require is a clear working area in front of the hearth with any ornaments moved to a safe area and clear passage between the door and fireplace. The fireplace does not have to be cleaned out, however I do appreciate it if old tissues and general rubbish are removed before I sweep
- Does the fire need to be cold to be swept.
It would not be safe to sweep a chimney that is still hot, however it does help with sweeping if there has been a fire lit the day before to dry any moisture that may have occurred. There should be no warm coals left in the hearth at the time of sweeping.
- How often should I have my chimney swept
It is strongly recommend that chimneys which are used daily should be cleaned at least twice a year for bitumous coal and smokeless fuels, two to three times a year for wood