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Get your chimney winter ready

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Get your chimney winter ready

As the winter season approaches it’s the best time for a warm cozy fire. When should you clean your chimney and Why?

It is advisable to have your chimney and fireplace/stove cleaned by a qualified chimney sweep annually. This will prevent a build-up of soot and creosote and greatly reduces the risk of chimney fire.

If any of the following are evident then it’s time to call your chimney sweep.

  • Soot dropping into the fireplace.
  • Deposits of tar visible in the chimney or stove (Creosote)
  • Strong odour coming from the fireplace.
  • Smoking or draught problems.
  • Birds or animal nesting.

Always protect your chimney making sure the chimney cap is structurally sound and have a cowl/bird guard fitted to prevent animals/pests entering the chimney during the wintery season.

It is also advisable to have a carbon Monoxide detector fitted.

Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless, poisonous gas. Toxic amounts of carbon monoxide can be produced if there is blocked or damaged flues or chimneys.