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  • Writer's pictureGemma Alexander

Does My Chimney Really Need Sweeping?

Chimney sweeping benfits

When it comes to home maintenance, there are few tasks as shrouded in mystery and confusion as chimney sweeping. Many homeowners wonder, "Does my chimney really need sweeping?" It's a valid question, especially when considering the time, effort, and potential expense involved.

Why do I need to have my chimney or flue swept?

Chimneys need a free passage of dangerous combustion gases. Cleaning will remove soot and creosote to prevent dangerous chimney fires and also remove cobwebs and any bird nests. It also increases the efficiency.

How do I know if my chimney needs sweeping?

The short answer is that you don’t know for sure unless a chimney sweep inspects your set-up. Even so, there are tell-tale signs. If it’s been more than six months or a year (depending on the fuel used), it’s highly likely the chimney needs sweeping. Contact ICS Chimney Solutions to book in your chimney inspection here

Also, look out for these signs:-

– Soot specks found in the fireplace area

– Visible evidence of tar deposits in the chimney, open fire or stove

– Strong smells from the fireplace area

– Problems with draught or smoke drawing properly in the chimney

– The home has just been bought or rented and you don’t know when the chimney was last swept

Does it make a mess?

One of the most commons questions but the answer is very rarely. On rare occasions if the chimney is blocked with a bird nests it can be difficult then to contain the dust. To help the chimney sweep, they need a clear passage to chimney and adequate space to work in.

In conclusion, the question of whether your chimney needs sweeping isn't one to take lightly. Regular chimney maintenance, including inspection and sweeping, is crucial for ensuring the safety and efficiency of your fireplace or wood-burning stove. We highly recommend hiring a professional chimney sweep to keep your home and family safe.

Don't wait until a potential disaster strikes. Schedule a chimney inspection and sweeping today with ICS Chimney Solutions to enjoy worry-free warmth and ambiance in your home for years to come. Your safety is worth the investment!

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