Alan Coles Chimney sweep. Over 30 years experience. Fully insured and registered sweep servicing: North and East London, E / IG / EN / N postcodes
To contact Alan, please call 0800 007 6940.
If a chimney is in regular use, soot will build up in the flue and over time increase the risk of a chimney fire. If there is no appliance in place, the flue can smell and debris and soot can fall down, making a mess.
Chimneys are easily blocked and, particularly with gas fires, the risks posed are serious. If the fumes are unable to escape through the chimney, carbon monoxide will build up in the room, which can be fatal. (As little as 3% in the atmosphere can kill within 10 minutes.)
Even relatively small obstructions can inhibit the draw. For instance, some chimneys are prone to collecting cobwebs, which support layers of dust and debris. Chimneys without cowls often attract birds and squirrels – the nests they build are also a fire hazard. Occasionally, seeds dropped by birds or deposited by the wind will begin to grow in a chimney – this can result in damage to the brickwork.
Some chimneys have stainless-steel liners, which break down with age and need to be replaced. Typically, they will last 12 to 15 years, assuming the chimney is in use, and provided the right appliance is fitted to the correct liner.
Often, if changes have been made, some parts of the chimney will be incompatible with others. For example, if a gas fire is replaced with a multi-fuel stove, the old flue-liner will be unable to cope with the increased temperatures and the sulphurous chemicals in the soot. Also, the cowl will need better ventilation because the appliance will produce heavy, sulphurous smoke, rather than steam.
Occasionally, we have found that a chimney, with a live appliance in the fireplace, has been capped.
Before a new appliance is installed, it is important for a professional to inspect the chimney and issue a full safety certificate. This can only be issued after a full sweep.
If you make a claim based on a chimney-related problem, insurance providers will almost certainly want to see an in-date certificate.
In short, common sources of chimney problems include:
- Normal build-up of soot
- Broken pots
- Plant life
- Birds nesting
- Rotten or otherwise damaged liners
- Dislodged bricks and mortar
- Layers of dust and debris formed on top of cobwebs
- Bad building practice or DIY
- Wrongly cowled or otherwise terminated chimneys
Power sweeping is a relatively new method, involving a powered rotary rod and brush system. This is, in most cases, a simply better way of cleaning a chimney.
It’s not so aggressive on the chimney structure, causes minimal stress to brickwork and/or lining.
The rotary action allows the brush to far more easily move past obstacles in the chimney, such as protruding brickwork, and navigate difficult bends. The rotary action also removes soot from adjacent ledges much more effectively. It makes the removal of nests and other blockages easier and faster. Last but not least, it is much easier on the chimney sweep, causing less physical strain on core muscles. (I last longer.)
Please call 0800 007 6940.
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