So often we visit customers who have not had their chimney or flue swept for quite some time, they usually make the point that they hardly ever light the fire, therefore they don’t deem it necessary to sweep it more frequently, there are a number of reasons why the opposite is true. It is actually very important and necessary to get your chimney or flue swept regularly, even if you rarely use the appliance, let me explain.
There may be a blockage, even if you don’t know anything about it
Your chimney is exposed to the elements 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, it is prone to getting blocked by nesting birds, debris or tar build up. If you haven’t used your chimney for a long time, haven’t had it cleaned and then light your fire one cold winters evening, any blockage present can cause smoke to pour back into the room, this can be very unpleasant and of course is not very safe. Having your chimney swept regularly will ensure that it stays clear and free from potentially harmful blockages.
We can help save you money
One of the most regular feedbacks that I receive from customers is that they found my advice helpful. A good chimney sweep will always help you to get the very best out of your appliance and help to burn fuel more efficiently. From fuel storage to buying the best fuel types right through to keeping an eye on your flue liner, I am always happy to help save my customers money wherever I can. When sweeping, if I notice anything unusual like a worrying about of build up, I talk to customers about what they are burning and how they are using their fire, for example, people commonly burn at too low a temperature so I can help them to rectify this and make small changes to help them get more from their fuel.
Regular sweeping keeps your flue in better condition
The deposits that are left each time you light the fire, even if that is infrequently, linger on the inside of the flue and cause corrosion. Even lighting the fire just once will cause some soot to be deposited inside. Over time this can cause significant deterioration, which will in turn reduce the life of your flue. Regular sweeping will really help to keep deposits down and will prolong the lifespan of your flue.
Your insurance company need to know that you are on top of sweeping
Even if you only light your fire once a year on Christmas morning, it is still worth getting your chimney swept regularly for all the reasons in this article, but also because in the event of a claim, your building insurance company will require a chimney sweep certificate to prove that regular maintenance has been carried out by a professional. Chimney sweep certificates are not open ended and do expire, therefore keeping on top of this is essential to avoid any difficulties in the event of an insurance claim.
I do hope that this article has been useful, it has been written by ProSweep Professional Chimney Sweep, based in Bovey Tracey, Devon. ProSweep Professional Chimney Sweep is approved by Devon Trading Standards Buy With Confidence offering a professional and personal chimney sweep & stove flue service in Newton Abbot, Torquay, Paignton, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Bovey Tracey, Chagford and surrounding towns and villages.
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