Chimney Sweeping and Cleaning Services
Choosing to have an open fire adds warmth and character to your home. Even when you add the cost of solid fuel and having your chimney maintained you can make a substantial saving on your current heating bill.
If you have an open fireplace it is recommended that you have you chimney swept at least twice a year depending on the type of fuel that you burn.
Chimney fires may occur when the interior of the flue is neglected by not being cleaned or when it becomes choked and partially blocked with a build-up of soot deposited by the coal or wood burning process.
In fact as early as the Georgian period it was appreciated that chimneys needed to be swept in order to avoid problems, this still holds true today and wood that you burn should always be fully seasoned and completely dry, unseasoned logs and damp firewood make the residual build up of soot and creosote deposits much worse and will eventually result in a chimney fire.
Likewise if you are burning coal this should also be kept dry, and should be of the highest quality that you can obtain, cheaper coals tend to cause more problems and deposits within a chimney flue.
A good alternative to house coal, is a smokeless coal.
Wood Burning Stove
It is recommended that if you are using a solid fuel wood burning stove (like the one pictured here), you have your chimney swept and stove flue cleaned up once per each season, when in use if you are burning wood. If you are burning coal or smokeless fuel, have your chimney swept twice per year.
Solid fuel wood burning stoves, although producing little or no smoke when properly lit and on reaching temperature, can cause a build up of more soot deposits in the chimney and flue due to leaving the stove in slumber mode (starved of air) for long periods. This increases soot in the chimney and under these conditions the flue gas temperature falls, condensation occurs and deposits are left on the chimney liners or steel flue lining. this will corrode away liners and stove parts if not cleaned at the end of a burning season.
You should have you chimney professionally swept and certificated prior to the installation of a solid fuel burning stove, and then at regular intervals of 3 months when in use.
Woodburning stoves must not be lit for a period of 24 hours prior to my attendance, to give the stove adequate time to cool down to allow for a safe and thorough clean of your stove flue, liner and chimney.
Some areas of the country are smoke free zones, and only smokeless fuel may be burned, I can further advise you on fuel and appliance regulations in your neighbourhood.
Everything above as per Wood burning stoves except Multi fuel stoves have a metal grate assembly and are generally more versatile in the fact you can burn both wood and coal and other fuels suitable for multi fuel stoves. Some are DEFRA approved and can be used in Smokeless zones too.
Remember multi-fuel stoves must also not be lit for a period of 24 hours prior to my attendance, to give the stove adequate time to cool down to allow for a safe and thorough clean of your stove flue, liner and chimney..
AGA Rayburn & Kitchen Range
If you have a solid fuel, gas or oil fired range AGA or Rayburn, you probably have an engineer to carry out an annual service.
In addition to having your appliance serviced you should also have the chimney flue swept regularly, in fact the Fire Service recommend sweeping at least once per year. Although there may be very little soot, dust and cobwebs can build up within the flue which can reduce the draw, affect the efficiency of your appliance and also put your home at risk from carbon monoxide which can escape into your home if the draw is insufficient.
Many people do not realise that you should still have your chimney swept regularly if you have a gas fire or gas flame effect installed.
It is recommended that you have your gas appliance serviced by a certified heating engineer and your chimney swept by a qualified and registered chimney sweep.
If you would like me to undertake the sweeping of a chimney that has a gas fire installed you must first arrange to have a qualified corgi registered heating engineer to temporarily remove your gas fire first, before I can undertake the cleaning and sweeping of your chimney.
If you don’t have your chimney swept blockages can occur and harmful gases may build up, and there may be a danger of carbon monoxide fumes leaking into the room.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors are very reasonably priced these days and should now by law be installed in all rooms with all gas and solid fuel appliances.
(See our safety section for more details about carbon monoxide fumes).
Pre - Installation Advice
If you are having a Wood burning stove installed or an old fireplace opened up or reinstated. I am happy to come along and sweep clean and certificate the old chimney flue ready for your installer. I can also advise you impartially on every aspect of your fireplace or woodturning stove so that you get the very best benefit and warmth from your solid fuel installation.
Chimney Testing & Certification
All Solid fuel flues for open fires, appliances wood burning stoves, multi fuel stoves, AGA Rayburn and Ranges are thoroughly tested before and after sweeping prior to my certification.
Carbon Monoxide Advice
Carbon Monoxide or CO for short is a poisonous gas that can not be seen or smelt. It is known as the silent killer.
Carbon Monoxide is produced when a carbon based fuel such as gas, oil, wood or coal is burnt, this normally occurs due to a faulty heating or cooking appliance, or being in a poorly ventilated room.
It is now law to have fully working carbon monoxide detectors fitted for each and every solid fuel and gas appliance within your property.
The Health and Safety Executive also states that use of a carbon monoxide detector is as a useful back-up safety precaution, and they must not be regarded as a substitute for proper maintenance and regular servicing of gas appliances by a Gas Safe Registered engineer.
I can offer an installation service for Carbon Monoxide Detector Alarms in your property at a reasonable price.
Fire Safety Advice - Reduce Your Risk of a Chimney Fire
UK fire statistics show that every year thousands of homes have chimney fires.
This is largely due to not getting the chimney swept often enough or burning fuel that is inappropriate for the appliance causing a tar deposit to build up in the chimney.
Most insurance companies will no longer pay out for claims made due to chimney fires unless the chimney has been swept by a professional chimney sweep and a valid certificate of sweeping has been issued from a recognised professional body.
Also if you call the fire brigade out for a chimney fire and it is proven that the chimney has not been regularly maintained, some local councils may bill you for the fire service call out.
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I can offer an additional domestic smoke detector installation service for your home at a very reasonable price.
The Fire Service recommend smoke alarms are fitted in all homes, not just those with open fires
As well as traditional chimney sweep, Sweep-Me Services Chimney Sweeps offers a CCTV camera survey of your chimney along with a written chimney survey report.
Often just seeing live digital footage of your problem chimney or flue can save you hours of worry and testing by traditional methods, which were often inconclusive.
A specialist camera CCTV survey of your chimney or flue, will help to pin point many chimney problems that can occur, from chimney blockage locations, and chimney flue defects to aid and allow your chosen building contractor to undertake any remedial works.
Many customers across Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire have found this to be a welcome addition to my range of chimney sweeping services.
Chimney Nest Clearance
We can Advice on Clearance of old Birds Nests within your chimney flue and depending on the severity and situation these can be quoted for and removed.
(Under Defra Regulations Live nesting situations cannot be touched or removed.) and we can help and advise you on the regulations.
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