WHY SHOULD I GET MY CHIMNEY SWEPT?
Throughout the year all active chimneys will experience a build-up of Carbons and Creosote, more commonly referred to as ‘soot’. This build-up of soot is unwanted for several reasons. The creosote that sticks to the entire chimney system is flammable if allowed to build up, putting your house at risk of a chimney fire. The carbon deposits also reduce air flow out of the chimney, creating a less efficient and slower burning fire, as well as putting you at risk of being exposed to harmful CO gasses unable to effectively be extracted up the chimney. And the cycle is self-propelling – the reduced flow causes the fire to burn colder, in turn creating more harmful deposits than a hotter burning stove or fireplace.
It is vital that your chimney is swept frequently in accordance with the table below to help prevent chimney fires and to receive the best efficiency and economy from your heating appliance or fire.
CHIMNEY SWEEPING FREQUENCY
BURNING COAL – ONCE EVERY 6 MONTH
BURNING SMOKELESS COAL – ONCE EVERY YEAR
BURNING WOOD – QUARTERLY WHEN IN USE
BURNING GAS – ONCE EVERY YEAR
BURNING OIL – ONCE EVERY YEAR
HOW CAN CHIMNEY FIRES BE PREVENTED?
– Ensure your chimney is swept in accordance with the table above.
– Use dry seasoned woods only,with no more than 20% moisture content.
– Build small hot fires which burn more completely and produce less smoke.
– Don’t burn cardboard boxes,waste paper, or Christmas trees.
– Use only recommended fuels for your appliance and flue type.