Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I get my chimney swept?
Below is a guide, frequency will depend on type of fuel, including moisture content, appliance in use and duration of use:
Open fires –
at least once a year
Wood burners –
at least twice a year
Chimney with gas appliances –
once a year and checked by a gas safe engineer
Chimney with oil appliances –
once a year and checked by a OFTEC technician
I've just lit my fire and it's smoking; what should I do?
If it has not been swept within the past 12 months it should be swept as soon as possible. If it has not been used since it was last swept, it could be due to birds nesting (if there is no cage or cowl on the chimney). If could also be due to the cold or other weather conditions.
How long does it take?
If it is straightforward to sweep it should take no more than one hour.
Is it messy?
The area to be swept is sheeted up as is the immediate area and anything bought down the chimney is contained.
Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that cannot be seen or smelt. It is produced when a carbon baked fuel such as gas, oil, wood or coal is burnt, this normally occurs due to a faulty heating of cooking appliance or being in a poorly ventilated room.
The Health & Safety Executive does recommend the use of a carbon monoxide detector as a useful back-up precaution, but they must not be regarded as a substitute for proper maintenance and regular servicing of gas appliances by a gas safe registered engineer.
I offer an installation service for carbon monoxide detector alarms in your property at a reasonable price.
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