Why I should get my chimney swept?

Here are the most frequently asked questions about our chimney sweeping services.

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Do all types of chimney need to be swept?
If you use your fireplace to burn fuel and keep warm, you certainly need to have your chimney swept once a year. Whether you have an open fire or a coal/wood burner, it’s imperative to check over your chimney for sooty buildup and blockages. Why? Think of your chimney as the exhaust of a car. Without it, poisonous fumes and smoke are not able to escape and become dangerous to the driver and passengers. A chimney redirects poisonous gases away from the home in much the same way. Without a working chimney, you are at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke penetration within your home.

 

How often do I need to have my chimney swept?
At least once a year is the recommended minimum. You may require more frequent sweeping depending on what you burn and how often. If you burn a lot of wood then it is recommended to have your chimney swept around Aug/Sept before burning season and half way through the winter, around Dec/Jan time.

 

What happens to a chimney that is not swept?
The most common problem is the buildup of soot, tar and creosote. After a while without intervention, these deposits decrease the diameter of your chimney and become a hazard. If the smoke backs up inside the chimney you will become exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide which is a poisonous gas. A blocked chimney is also susceptible to chimney fires.

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