Need a Chimney Sweep?
Why Sweep Your Chimney?
Chimneys have but one purpose which is to allow free passage of combustion gases generated by the burning process.
A clean chimney is essential in allowing these dangerous fumes to be evacuated quickly & safely. Additionally, a neglected chimney collects soot and deposits, including creosote, which is the root cause of chimney fires.
Having your chimney swept regularly also gives a professional chimney sweep the opportunity to advise on the condition of the flue, terminals and chimney pot cowls to ensure they have all been installed correctly.
Chimney sweeping at regular intervals also improves the efficiency of some appliances which will reduce your fuel cost.
How frequently your chimney should be swept will depend on how often you use it. Your appliance and type of fuel burnt is also a factor. There is no 'one size fits all' here but as a guide the following acts as a good reference.
Smokless Coals: At least once per year
Wood Burning: Up to four times per year
Oil: Once per year or when serviced
Gas: Once per year or when serviced
Bio Fuel: Once per year or when serviced
Traditional Sweeping verses Rotary Power Sweeping
Traditional sweeping uses a brush connected to a series of rods which are pushed up the chimney flue several times to dislodge the soot and debris collected from the burning process. The dislodges materials are then vacuumed away hence the term 'Brush and Vac'. We still use this method in some circumstances, for instance older properties, where power brushing may damage the flue.
Rotary Power Sweeping uses a Power Sweep Head or Steel Chain Flay which is more effective at cleaning stubborn deposits, such as creosote, from the chimney. The heads are powered by an electric drill connected to expandable rods pushed up the chimney. The power heads are spun at controlled speeds suitable to the application.
We will identify the type of flue in our initial inspection so we know which method is appropriate.