The Importance of Having Your Chimney Swept
When someone mentions chimney sweeps you can be forgiven for imagining Victorian Britain and a smoky skyline. Chimney sweeping is however far from being a thing of the past and is a much relied on profession in the fireplace industry today.
Solid fuel is becoming ever more popular and the demand on chimneys and flues in homes ever increasing. It is important when you are burning solid fuel to have a clean venting system in place to allow the gasses to be released from the enclosed area of your fireplace or chimney. If a chimney is left un-swept for a long period of time it can become clogged by soot. If your chimney or flue has become clogged by soot it can make it difficult for combustible gasses to escape which can cause different types of problems for your chimney, a fire being one of them.
Unlike the Victorian days many chimney sweeps are now fully equipped with the use of CCTV and cleaning equipment such as specialist rods and a high standard of training to ensure that your chimney will be cleaned thoroughly, professionally and safely.
Many chimney sweeps are now certified by organisations such as the National Association of Chimney Sweeps (N.A.C.S) to ensure that the training they receive is set to a high quality standard and that the work they are carrying out is adequate to the service to which they offer. It is highly recommended by other governing organisations such as Hetas and Gas Safe that you get your chimney regularly swept to prevent house fires and a build-up of harmful CO2 gasses. Chimney sweeps are there to make sure your chimney is safe and clean. For further information and articles on chimney sweeping view the N.A.C.S website, alternatively find a chimney sweep in your local area today on fireplace.co.uk/services
By Peter Walsh
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