The Importance of Regular Chimney Cleaning

As soot, dirt and smoke residue build up in your chimney, the chances of a chimney fire also increase. Many homeowners are unaware of the dangers that a dirty chimney possesses. Chimney fires, characterised by loud popping noises and dense smoke emitting from the flue can often go undetected. But if these fires spread they can cause untold damage to your home.

To prevent chimney fires from occurring it is important that you have the chimney cleaned by a professional on a regular basis.

Establish a Regular Cleaning Schedule

At a minimum, your chimney should be cleaned at least once a year. This is fine you only use your chimney on the odd occasion or if you have either an oil or gas fire. However, if you have a wood burner or use coal for your fire then you will need much more regular cleaning. When your chimney is being used often, like during winter, for example, you should have it professionally cleaned at least once every three months. Soot and dirt build up much more quickly than we think, and when it comes to fires it always better safe than sorry.

Timing is Important

The best time of year for a chimney cleaning is right before the cold season and before you begin lighting any fires. Ideally, a chimney should be clean before it is to be used regularly. So if you start lighting fires every night in October then you should schedule your cleaning for late September. If your fire and chimney are in use all year round, then your chimney really should be cleaned every three months, no matter the time of year.

Professional Cleaning

You should never attempt to clean a chimney yourself. A professional chimney sweep will have the correct tools and equipment to effectively and safely clean your chimney without causing any damage to the structure. A

professional chimney sweep will also be able to offer advice on the condition of your chimney, how often it will need to be cleaned and any tips on how to prevent chimney fires.

At S.H.L Chimney Specialists, we offer customers across Cork with an effective cleaning service that will ensure a safe fire and chimney for the year ahead.

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