An open fire creates a warm and cosy atmosphere and is exactly what you need in the colder months. However, when it comes to your stove and chimney, it is vital that is inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. This is because you want your stove to be working as it should be; efficient and safe for use in your home.
We’ve put together a guide with everything you need to know about getting your chimney swept and stove serviced.
How often should I get my chimney swept?
When it comes to how often you should get your chimney swept, it heavily depends on your what kind of fuel is used, as well as the appliance and duration of use. Here is the recommendation from NACS (National Association of Chimney Sweeps):
• Smokeless fuel: At least once a year
• Wood: Quarterly when in use
• Bituminous coal: Quarterly when in use
When should I get it swept?
The best time you should have your chimney swept is when it is not in use. Also, if you have just moved into a new home, then it’s vital it is swept before use.
How often should I get my stove serviced?
You should get your stove serviced once a year and again, when it is not in use. This is so it is ready to use safely once the weather gets a little cooler. However, this varies depending on how much you use it and potentially, you could require two services a year. Again, if you have just moved house it should be checked before you use it to ensure everything is in working order.
Why should I get it swept and serviced?
Soot, debris, cobwebs bird nest and other blockages can build up inside the chimney. All of these factors can cause chimney fires; therefore it’s important that this is checked to ensure your safety.
Soot will naturally accumulate in the chimney after each use and gradually, this will decrease the size of the flue meaning that that smoke may escape into your home. Not only will it cause damage to your home, blackening your fireplace, but it also can be damaging to your health.
You also need to get your chimney swept and serviced, as you don’t want to be breathing in any potentially dangerous fumes. Getting your stove serviced and chimney swept regularly can identify any issues and ensure you don’t come into contact with any dangerous fumes.
Servicing your stove can also ensure everything is in working order, there are no issues and your stove is performing as efficiently as it should.
What services do we offer?
• Chimney Sweep - either by power brush or traditional rod and brush
• Stove Service and Flue Liner Swept
• Bird's Nest Removal – Price depends on the size of chimney, the number of years since last swept, access to chimney pot so it doesn't happen again!
For the full list of services, please visit - http://www.gsgchimneysweep.co.uk/services
How do I book a service or chimney sweep?
If you haven’t had your chimney swept or stove serviced in a while, then do not hesitate to get in contact with us.
Our staff are all NACS (National Association of Chimney Sweeps) approved chimney sweeps and HETAS registered engineers who also are qualified as roofers, bricklayers and plasterers. We pride ourselves on professionalism with a passion for customer service, always happy to pass on our expert advice in a friendly and caring manner. We cover the whole of Surrey and surrounding areas include Hampshire, West Sussex and Kent. If you have any questions or queries, feel free to get in touch and we’d be happy to help.