As a minimum, you should have your chimney cleaned at least once a year. If the building has a thatched roof, your insurance company may require a chimney sweep visit more often.
Regardless of roof construction, depending on how often you use your fire, as well as the fuel type and appliance, your chimney may need to be swept up to four times a year — three times in the burning season and once in the summer.
The primary job of a chimney sweep is to clear out excess soot, as well as any other debris and blockages, that may be in the chimney. This is done using the traditional brushes, but we also have modern technology to help us out — such as rotary power brushes.
The chimney sweep will place a protective cloth over the area around the fire to help keep the floor clean. They will also install a temporary seal inside the chimney to prevent debris from falling into the room. Once the chimney sweeping is finished, the sweep will thoroughly clean up the area, including hoovering the floor. So all that’s left when they leave is the faint smell of soot.
Before the sweep arrives, please ensure your chimney and log burner are cold. If the sweep is unable to work on the appliance due to the heat, you will still be charged for the call-out, but the chimney will not be cleaned.
Protect your family and your home with regular chimney sweeping. Our HETAS-registered chimney sweeps provide a friendly and professional service using a combination of traditional tools and modern technology.
If you’re curious about how much chimney sweeping costs, we’ve provided a price guide. These numbers should be fairly accurate but please note that prices may vary depending on the circumstances.