It is important to understand that Carbon Monoxide poisonings can be caused by defective and dangerous chimneys or flues.
Chimney Sweeps help in the prevention of chimney fires and reduce the risk of dangerous fume emissions from blocked heating appliances, flue-ways, and chimneys. Clean chimneys are safer and help the environment by assisting the complete combustion of the fuel, which in turn reduces the smoke and emissions.
Registered and qualified Chimney Sweeps will eliminate the build of soot from coal, wood, oil and gas fired appliances, and maintain your chimney safely. Chimney Sweeps clear obstructions such as birds and animlas nests, leaves, building debris, and even cobwebs; all known to cause blockages within the flues. Always consult your Chimney Sweep for advice on other services such as smoke testing of flues, flue surveys, CCTV inspections, chimney pots, vermin guards and the relining of chimneys.
Many older flues (internal part of the chimney) are masonry brick constructed. Others may be clay-lined or even have a stainless steel metallic flue liner. Solid fuel such as wood and coal should be kept dry before use and therefore should be stored in a log store or a coal bunker. Do not burn soft wood such as pine or any old timber such as fence panels, posts etc that have been treated with wood preservatives or paint as the deposits left within the flue can cause chimney fires and fumes from the chemicals in these preservatives.
It is recommended that the chimneys using the listed fuels below should be cleaned at the following frequencies:
- House Coal – twice per year
- Smokeless Coal – once per year
- Logs – quarterly when in use
- Gas & Oil Chimneys – once per year
With the recent trend of solid fuel appliances such as wood burning stoves being installed it is essential that the flue-ways, throat plates, and any baffle plates inside the stove are checked and cleaned on a monthly basis. This maintenance should be carried out by the operative / user of the appliance, always remember to follow the stove manufacturers guidelines. This is an addition to having the chimney inspected and cleaned.
It is essential that consumers employ competent Chimney Sweeps such as those from the National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS).
The NACS are extremely concerned not only at the DIY person attempting to clean chimneys, but also the unregistered and untrained Chimney Sweeps who operate. This has been highlighted in a recent HSE prosecution of an unregistered Chimney Sweep in Wales whose work was substandard and resulted in a fatality. Consumers must employ registered and qualified Chimney Sweeps for their own safety.
Click here to see a sample copy of the NACS Certificate issued after every Chimney Sweep is carried out by Mr Sweeps Specialist Chimney Services. Also you can visit the NACS website and read more about their services and commitment to improving the Chimney Sweeping industry.