Sweep - How Often and Why

How Often Should my Chimney be Cleaned?

The Frequencies shown below are for guidance only

Smokeless Fuel – At least once a year

Coal – At least twice a year

Wood – Quarterly when on use 

Oil - Once a year

Gas - Once a year


Why have Your Chimney Swept?


There are many good reasons to clean and inspect your chimney, the top 2 being:

1. To Prevent a Chimney Fire

The most common cause of chimney fire is, simply, a dirty chimney.  Over time, chimneys will become clogged with creosote, a natural, tar-like substance that is a by-product of burning wood. Creosotex is black or brown in appearance and, over time, it builds up and leaves a glazing inside your chimney. This glazing is highly combustible and it can take only a small amount to start a fire.

Restricted air supply is one of the factors that contribute to the build up of creosote, another reason it is important to clean your chimney regularly.

2. To Protect Your Health


Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced whenever fuel is burned. Even at low levels, CO can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion and fainting.  Too much carbon Monoxide can Kill You   


A blocked chimney or a chimney with an improperly functioning flue can cause a buildup of this dangerous gas.  Hence why it is critical to have your chimney examined and swept to make sure your flue is

When you cut corners with chimney and fireplace maintenance, you are literally playing with fire.  The risks described above are completely preventable simply by having your chimney cleaned and inspected by a certified chimney professional at least once a year, so you can enjoy safe use of your fireplace for years to come.

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