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Chimney sweeping - frequently asked questions

Can he clean it? yes he can...


If you have any questions, would like a bit more information or a quote then contact Martin on the details above for some friendly advice. However, we have listed some of our more regular questions below:

Why do I need to have my chimney/flue swept?
Chimneys need to allow free passage of dangerous combustion gasses. Regular cleaning will remove soot and creosote, helping prevent dangerous chimney fires. Cleaning will increase the efficiency of some appliances. Bird nests, cobwebs and other blockages will be removed.

How often does my chimney need sweeping?
Frequency will depend on a number of factors including type of fuel; appliance used; duration of use; moisture content of wood; type of chimney. Martin will be able to advise you of this once he has investigated your chimney. The following sweeping frequencies are for guidance:

  • Smokeless fuel: At least once a year
  • Wood: Quarterly when in use
  • Bituminous coal: Quarterly when in use
  • Oil: Once a year

Does it make mess?
This is a very good question to ask when booking any sweep. The answer is - very rarely.
Our extremely powerful industrial vacuum ensures that the sweep is completed in a clean and tidy fashion, with minimum disruption to the immediate working area. A rare exception may be when the chimney is blocked with a bird’s nest when it is sometimes difficult to contain all dust.

What should I do to prepare for the sweep’s visit?
In general they will need a clear passage to the chimney and adequate space to work in. Clear ornaments from the hearth and perhaps from the mantelpiece. Allow the fire to be fully cooled.

I’ve just moved house – do I need to have my chimney cleaned?
Yes, the chances are that you won't be aware of when your chimney was last looked at.

Why do I need to sweep a chimney before it is closed off?
If a chimney is closed off, it can get a bit damp. If there is and soot up there, then this soot can turn to a black acidic slurry that in an old chimney can soak into the internal walls causing severe problems. If bad enough, this damp can penetrate through to the room where it will cause unpleasant stains on the walls.

Areas covered

We worok all around the Lancashire and Manchester area including:

Chorley | Leyland | Wigan | Adlington | Euxton | Bamber Bridge | Preston | Blackburn | Accrington | Oswaldtwistle | Bolton | Burnley | Bury | Clitheroe | Darwen | Eccleston | Heskin | Garstang | Fulwood | Haslingden | Hindley | Lancaster | Leigh | Lytham | Morecambe | Ormskirk | Parbold | Rawtenstall | Rossendale | Southport | St. Helens | Warrington | Westhoughton

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