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Summer is here - let's lose the soot!

Summer is here - let's lose the soot!

Even those of us who feel the cold - myself included - know that with the longest day (21st of June, since you ask) around the corner we're all just a bit warmer. My customers are all aware of the need to get the last Autumn and Winter soot swept away to avoid smelly chimneys, smoky stoves and - worse case if you fire up next Autumn without being swept - deposits of tar and creosote causing chimney fires. Seriously though, these are far more common than many people realize and are an avoidable risk. Please don't leave your chimney...


Now Is The Time To Sweep Your Chimney

This is the most important time of the year to get your chimney or stove flue swept. Clearing soot prevents it getting damp over the summer, resulting in a tar or creosote build up. These are highly flammable and are the principal cause of chimney fires.

As a professional Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps member we always advise customers to have their appliance swept in late Spring or early Summer. This maintains the integrity of the flue - especially where stainless steel liners are under guarantee subject to correct maintenance.

Even if you only have your chimney...


Solid Fuel Safety: Be Carbon Monoxide Aware

Solid Fuel Safety: Be Carbon Monoxide Aware

Whether you have an open fireplace or solid fuel burning stove, these all produce large amounts of Carbon Monoxide. Under normal conditions these gases will travel up the chimney or flue, but if you have a blockage they may well not do so safely. A Carbon Monoxide Alarm placed in the room - no closer than one meter horizontally to the fireplace or stove - will give you an early warning of a problem.

 


Spring is in the Air - Avoid the early birds nesting in your chimney

Spring is in the Air - Avoid the early birds nesting in your chimney

Homeowners with a chimney in their property should beware of the annual invasion of nesting birds looking for a cosy place to set up home. Birds love a good chimney  - preferably with central heating drawing warm air up to the pot!. Jackdaws, blackbirds and starlings are the main culprits and the first sign that you have a potential lodger in the flue is the presence of a few twigs or other non-chimney materials dropping down into your fire place. Now is a good time to get the Autumn / Winter soot swept away and clear any early nest attempts...


The Importance of Ventilation for Stoves and Open Fires

Useful reminder of the Building Regulations regarding ventilation requirements for solid fuel appliances - and something you may wish to be aware of as a householder...Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps Advise on Ventilation Regulations