Chimneys need to allow the free passage of dangerous combustible gasses. Regular sweeping will remove soot, bird nests, cobwebs and any other blockages. It also removes creosote, which will help to prevent dangerous chimney fires.
The sweeping frequencies below are for guidance. Frequency will depend on a number of factors including: type of fuel, appliance used, duration of use, moisture content of wood and type of chimney. Your Guild sweep will be able to advise on sweeping frequency during the appointment, the sweeping frequencies below are for guidance.
Smokeless fuel: At least once a year
Wood: Quarterly when in use
Bituminous coal: Twice a year
Oil: Once a year
Gas: Once a year
Guild sweeps undertake an extensive training and assessment process based around the most comprehensive training manual in the UK. Guild membership requires members to be insured for Chimney Sweeping and equipped to deal with all job situations. The Guild is owned equally by all its members and can easily share information which can help to solve customer problems. .
In the UK there is a general lack of knowledge concerning all aspects of solid fuels, solid fuel appliances and their associated chimneys. Problems are therefore not uncommon and it can be difficult to get qualified, independent advice. Guild sweeps are trained to high standards and are usually conversant with the complexities of solid fuel heating and venting systems and the associated building regulations.
Yes! A chimney fire isn’t the kind of housewarming you want.
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