How often should I have my chimney swept?
Every chimney that is in use should be swept regularly to keep it safe and running efficiently. Each time you use your chimney soot builds up in the flue, increasing the risk of a chimney fire or blockage that can cause carbon monoxide in your home. In addition, birds or other animals can leave materials in your chimney which contribute to an unsafe and inefficient chimney.
Ensure your chimney is traditionally swept based on the fuel you burn:
- Smokeless coals – at least once a year
- Bituminous coal – twice a year
- Wood – at least twice a year
- Oil – once a year
- Gas – once a year
Wood should be dry and well seasoned, this usually takes about two years. Never use wet or newly felled wood, as this can cause tar to form in the chimney.
Make sure that your fire is well ventilated and enough air is coming into the room for an efficient and safe fire.