I would recommend that you keep a look out for signs that your chimney is I need of a sweep. These include:
If you have moved into a new home and intend on using your fire I would suggest you have the chimney swept before first use.
Don’t leave it too long between sweeps. If you are noticing the signs above or have any concerns give me a call.
My most frequently asked question! This mainly depends upon the type of fuel used and how often you use your chimney. As a general rule of thumb, I would recommend that for wood, you have your chimney swept once per season. For smokeless coal at least once a year, and for bitumous coal, twice per year.
If you have an open fire or inglenook you will be fine to use your fire as normal the night before. If you have an aga, rayburn or wood/multi stove, please allow them around 24 hours to cool.
No other preparation is required.
Above anything else, for safety reasons. Having your chimney swept reduces the risk of chimney fires soot falls, and blockages by helping prevent the build up of soot and creosote.
Obstructions such as birds nests and debris can also be dealt with during a typical sweep.
A draw test is carried out (when necessary) at no extra charge.