Q: WHY DO I NEED TO HAVE MY CHIMNEY/FLUE SWEPT?
The function of a Chimney is to allow free passage of dangerous combustion gasses. Regular cleaning helps prevent dangerous chimney fires and blockages by removing soot and any other debris such as creosote, cobwebs, nest material etc. Sweeping can also improve the efficiency of some appliances, saving you money on fuel. Most insurance providers now also insist on a Certificate of Chimney Sweeping.
Q: HOW OFTEN DOES MY CHIMNEY NEED SWEEPING?
The Type of fuel and appliance used, the frequency and duration of use, the moisture content of wood fuel and the type of chimney are all factors that affect how often your chimney will need sweeping. We will be able to advise what is best for you upon your visit.
The sweeping frequencies below are for guidance:
• Wood: Quarterly when in use
• Smokeless fuel: At least once a year
• Bituminous coal: Quarterly when in use.
• Oil: Annually
• Gas: Annually
Q: WHY SHOULD I USE A GUILD REGISTERED CHIMNEY SWEEP?
Guild sweeps undertake extensive training and assessment in order to become accredited members. All members are required to be fully insured for Chimney sweeping and equipped to deal with all standard job situations. All Guild sweeps are required to attend regular refresher training with many members opting to undertake additional professional training to become experts in their field.
Being a member of the guild also allows your sweep access to a wealth or resources and knowledge – In the unlikely event that your Guild sweep is unable to help you directly, they should be able to recommend a solution for you.
Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO PREPARE FOR MY SWEEP?
We ask that any ornaments or other objects around the fireplace, either on the hearth or mantel be removed and the fire grate be clean of any ash from the previous burn. All stoves should not be lit on the day of the sweeps visit and kitchen ranges should not be lit 24hrs prior to your appointment time. Other than this, we require a clear passage from the door to the fire and adequate space to work in with pets kept secure during the visit.
Q: DOES SWEEPING THE CHIMNEY MAKE A MESS?
We provide clean ground sheets for the area we work in and soot cloths to seal the fire opening. An industrial Hepa-filter vacuum is used to contain any soot/dust along with general best practices to prevent any vestige of dirt escaping.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO HAVE MY CHIMNEY SWEPT?
Some jobs may take longer to complete so expect to pay more if additional time/work is necessary. If you are comparing prices of different sweeps be sure you are comparing like for like – there is no substitute for competence and professionalism. Guild sweeps can offer expert advice on fuels and how to get the most out of your stove – This could in turn save you more than the cost of a sweep over the course of the burning season!
To see our flat fees, check out our prices here.
Q: I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY FIREPLACE/STOVE/CHIMNEY.
The best thing to do is to get in touch with us. We offer free advice over the phone, are highly trained and are conversant with the complexities of solid fuel heating and building regulations. If we can’t help you directly, we will be able to offer a solution or direct you to someone who can.
Q: I HAVE JUST MOVED HOUSE, DO I NEED MY CHIMNEY CLEANED?
Ideally the chimney(s) should have been surveyed and swept prior to the sale of the house. If this is not the case, do not be tempted to ‘try the fire out’ – a chimney fire isn’t the housewarming present anyone wants. Get in touch with us and let us give you the green light before the fire fire is lit.
Find our latest piece in Etcetera Magazine (Dec 2020 page 44-45)