How Often to Sweep

As a rough guideline see the list below:

  • Smokeless coals: At least once a year
  • Wood: At least once a year
  • Bitumous [house] coal: Twice a year
  • Oil: Once a year
  • Gas: Once a year

Do you have a wood burning stove or multi fuel stove?

Many people incorrectly assume that wood stoves with a flue or chimney liner do not need to be swept. This could prove to be a costly mistake. For safety and efficiency, regular sweeping is essential to remove deposits from the flue that can build up and cause a serious problem.

Still not sure? If you’re not sure if your flue or chimney needs sweeping contact us and we’ll give you some advice – free of charge.

You may also find the information in FAQs on the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps website helpful.

A neglected stove can develop a very heavy build up which can block the outlet or flue and become very dangerous causing lethal carbon monoxide to leak into you home.
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Coronavirus – Safe Working Procedures

Please ensure that you have read and agree to the following before making a booking or enquiry.

Booking Procedures (If at all possible, please use our online booking request).
When booking please confirm that everyone in your household is free of Coronavirus or associated symptoms for at least 14 days and that no one is Self Isolating or Shielding.
If this changes at any time prior to the sweep you must let us know so that we can reschedule.

Please follow the Safety Procedures below:

□ After exchanging greetings on arrival please stay in a separate area of the property.
(I’ll inform you when I’ve finished or if I need to communicate any issues during the sweep).
□ Observe recommended Social Distancing at all times during the visit.
□ Where face to face communication is necessary we respectfully ask that you also wear a face mask.
□ Open the room windows before, during and after the sweep.
□ Ensure that all doors to the sweeping location remain open for the duration of the sweep.
□ The route to the fireplace/appliance needs to be completely clear of furniture etc.
□ Remove all objects from around and in front of the fire/appliance
□ Any ash or debris should be removed in advance of our visit.
□ Disinfect the fireplace area – hearth, appliance surfaces, doors and handles etc.
□ A plug socket or extension lead should be easily accessible and switched on.
□ If possible please make payments by BACS. (We will invoice you after the sweep).

Safety Procedures I will follow in addition to normal safe working procedures:

□ I will wear fresh gloves and a face mask while attending your property.
□ Freshly laundered sheets will be used to cover the working area of your floor.
□ Soot or debris will be bagged and left on site for safe disposal.(I can place the bag in an outdoor bin if it has open access).
□ I’ll issue a digital certificate and invoice. (I’ll not be asking you to sign the certificate via my device).
□ Lastly, I’m very sorry but I won’t be able to accept your kind offer of tea, coffee or any other refreshing drink – not this time at least!

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

CVSWP 10/20