Chimney SWEEPING

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As winter approaches, we will welcome more nights tucked in beside a cosy fire.

However, it is vital that you ensure your chimney is clean to avoid it catching fire and

causing havoc as well as other associated risks to your home.

Depending on the fuel you burn and the frequency with which your chimney should

be swept can vary. Below is a general guide to the required cleaning schedule.

Gas – Once a year.

Oil – Once a year.

Wood/Turf – Once per season

Smokeless coal – At least once a year.

Bitumous coal – At least twice a year.

 

To help keep your home and family safe while staying warm, below is some more

information about fireplaces, the risks and how our services can help.

 

To make a booking or for a free quote, call 089 211 9489

Most Common Causes of Chimney Fires

Chimney fires can be caused by any number of factors, but there are a few common

causes which can be easily avoided. This includes infrequent cleaning and sweeping

of the chimney, burning wet wood or unseasoned turf, incorrect installation of stoves

and allowing wood to burn overnight in stoves.

It is significantly more difficult for a clean chimney to catch fire than one which hasn’t

been swept in a long time. To keep your home safe, schedule regular cleanings or

sweepings of your chimney which will remove built-up soot or flammable tar which

can cause chimney fires.

 

We clean all types of stoves, cookers and open fires. Most appliances are swept

using power sweeping equipment ensuring that the chimney is cleaned properly

whilst putting no pressure on the chimney flue. We keep your floor and furniture

protected and use a special chimney vacuum throughout the entire process which

uses HEPA filters to ensure the air and your home are kept as clean as humanly

possible.

 

During every chimney sweep appointment our services include the following:

 

We check for chimney tar or creosote.

 

We check for adequate air supply and that vents are function properly.

 

We carry out a smoke evacuation test.

 

We check your carbon monoxide detector to make sure it is functioning and

positioned correctly.

 

We do a ground level inspection of the stack, cowling and pots to make sure

that they are in reasonable condition and suitable for use with your appliance.

 

We check that the fireplace installation complies with part J of the building

regulations.

 

We do a smoke evacuation test, ensuring correct draw of the chimney and no

smoke spillage.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless gas, produced during the

incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels such as wood, coal, gas and oil. It is

harmful if inhaled and may result in death if present in sufficient quantities or if a

person is exposed for a sufficient length of time or over a protracted period. We

would recommend that all properties having stoves fitted should have a carbon

monoxide detector fitted when the stove is been installed. If the carbon monoxide

alarms goes off, the best advice is to turn off all appliances. Allow solid fuel

appliances burn through, vacate, ventilate and have a professional investigate the

cause of the alarm. When we service a stove or fireplace we can fit a carbon

monoxide detector for a nominal fee.

Call us now to book an appointment!

 

To make a booking or for a free quote, call 089 211 9489

Chimney CCTV Inspections and Reports

No homeowner should assume his or her chimney is safe for use without a thorough

examination, both exterior and interior. Rain, flue gases, and freezing moisture cause

erosion and deterioration in chimneys. Breaks in the chimney liner–even small ones–can

allow combustion gases and condensation into your home.

 

With the modern advances of CCTV equipment, we are now able to show you the following

unsafe chimney conditions, if they exist: Improper new construction, chimney fire damage,

deterioration and corrosion from use, cracks, hairline cracks in flue liners, broken or missing

tile liners and mortar joints, hidden breechings, nests, and other blockages.

 

The increased use of fireplaces and wood heat has resulted in an increase in chimney fires.

When conducting a damage investigation to a chimney fire, our digital video colour camera

can give you and the Insurance loss adjuster the reliable information you need. An

examination soon after the fire can determine the cause of damage.

 

Accurate information is important for making decisions about a chimney

Example:

Purchasing a new or second-hand property

Changing from a solid fuel open fire to a solid fuel stove

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• Birds nest removal

In the Spring time birds like to make a home in our chimneys, as chimneys can

supply them with the heat from our homes to raise their eggs and chicks..

 

Unfortunately, this can be very dangerous for fireplaces that are in use as it can

block the flue resulting in the chimney not drawing effectively.

The most common signs of this are twigs in the fireplace or feathers or the smoke

backing up in the room.

 

A blockage can be very harmful especially if you have a gas or Park ray type fire

because of the emission of carbon monoxide. The chimney of an open fire may

become blocked resulting in smoke entering the room or even a potential chimney

fire.

 

If you think there is a blockage or a nest in your chimney, please feel free to give us

a call to discuss the problem.

 

We can remove most blockages and give you advice on how to prevent it from

happening again or even install a Bird Guard Cowl to stop them from coming back.

We will not remove nests during the breeding season (May & June) to ensure that

the young have left the nest as otherwise they could be harmed or even fall from the

nest.