Why do I need to have my chimney / flue swept?
Chimneys need to allow the free passage of dangerous combustion gases. Regular sweeping will remove soot, bird nests and any other blockages. It also removes creosote, which will help to prevent dangerous chimney fires. Chimney sweeping will also increase the efficiency of some appliances.
How often does my chimney need sweeping?
Frequency will depend on a number of factors which include the type of fuel used, appliance, duration of use, moisture content of wood fuel, and the type of chimney you have. As a rule of thumb we do advise getting your chimney cleaned at least once a year, but a Central Sweeps technician will be able to advise you on the sweeping frequency during the appointment.
Will having my chimney swept make a mess?
Central Sweeps technicians are very mindful and conscious of making as little mess as possible, and are trained in the prevention of dust escaping during sweeping. However, there are exceptional circumstances e.g. if a chimney may be blocked with a birds nest, which makes it difficult to guarantee that no mess will be made.