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Why sweep your chimney?

There are two main reasons for having any type of chimney swept; safety and efficiency



There are two main reasons for having any type of chimney swept; safety and efficiency.

The flue is designed to allow a smooth, easy escape for the exhaust gases to leave the combustion chamber. The exhaust gases may be made up of soot particles, creosote and carbon monoxide, all of which are harmful and dangerous. So the swift removal of flue gases is essential to the safe operation of any type of fire or appliance.

In addition, soot and creosote are flammable and therefore a build-up of either within the flue or chimney itself dramatically increases the chance of having a chimney fire.

Another reason is that after a good sweep, your wood will burn much more efficiently, keeping your rooms warmer and keeping your wood costs down.


I employ a range of different methods for cleaning a variety of chimneys and flues.

The traditional methods of rods and brushes are employed on open fires and unlined chimneys, whilst a more modern flexible continuous rod and brush method is generally used on flexible liners.

In all instances, the cleaning is carried out in conjunction with a powerful industrial vacuum; this creates a negative pressure that keeps the soot contained throughout the sweeping process and ultimately means a nice, clean and tidy sweep.

How often?

This depends on a number of things; how frequently the chimney is used, what type of fuel you use and the quality of the fuel. As a guide, the following applies:

  • Smokeless fuel: At least once a year
  • Wood: Quarterly when in use
  • Bitumous coal: Quarterly when in use

Soot and creosote are corrosive and therefore to protect either the standard brick / stone chimney, or any type of liner, regular sweeping is essential.

Areas covered

We work 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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