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We provide a wide range of services to help ensure your chimney functions efficiently and safely. These include chimney inspections, chimney lining, and chimney sweeping.

Unswept, damaged or blocked chimneys put your home at risk of a chimney fire and your family at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. At low levels, this causes people to feel generally unwell. At high levels, it can be fatal. People tend to associate carbon monoxide poisoining with poorly-maintained gas appliances, but a poorly-maintained chimney can be equally dangerous.

We also install new chimneys, so people who live in homes without an existing chimney can enjoy the benefits of a woodburning or multifuel stove.

Chimney Maintenance

Where our chimney survey reveals a problem, we fix it. We can:

  • Line or reline the chimney.
  • Clear birds’ nests and other blockages.
  • Repair masonry and re-point mortar.
  • Supply and fit pots, cowls and bird guards.
  • Repair flashings.

Whatever work needs doing, inside or out, our chimney experts will sort it out with the minimum of fuss so your chimney is safe, functional, and efficient.

Chimney Sweeping

We sweep using a traditional rod and brush, then remove the soot with a high-power industrial vacuum cleaner. This combination of methods gives you a clean, safe chimney and stops the soot escaping and making a mess in the room. The job takes about an hour, and we leave the house as clean and tidy as we found it.

How often your chimney needs sweeping depends on what fuel you burn. We recommend the following:

  • Coal – Twice a year
  • Wood – Three / four times a year
  • Smokeless fuel – Once a year
  • Gas – Once a year (If designed for chimney sweeping)
  • Oil – Once a year

Because clean and well-maintained chimneys don’t catch fire, you may find your home insurance won’t cover you for a chimney fire if you have not had the chimney swept within a specified time frame – check the small print to make sure what’s required. For the same reason, it’s also becoming increasingly common for fire brigades to charge if they are called out to a chimney fire.

To speak to one of the team about chimney work or to book a sweep’s visit, call us on 01477 537971 or contact us here and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Chimney Lining

Chimneys built for an open fire may need lining before you can use them with a stove. That’s because:

  1. Only 20% of the heat from a stove goes up the chimney, compared to around 80% from an open fire. As a result, the masonry is unlikely to get hot enough to prevent smoke cooling and condensing. As it condenses, the smoke leaves soot and tar deposits that can’t be removed by a sweep’s brush, and can cause chimney fires. The tar can even leak out through the mortar joints.
  2. The down draught supplies the combustion air to the stove. Modern stoves need a correctly-sized flue to reach optimum efficiency.

We install an appropriate flexible chimney liner that meets the relevant building regulations, prevents deposits putting your chimney at risk of catching fire, and ensures you get a high level of performance from your stove.

CCTV Chimney Inspections

Our chimney inspections give you peace of mind.

Whether you are installing a new stove, opening up an old fireplace, or planning to light a fire for the first time in a house you have just moved to, it’s vital to be sure your chimney is up to the job. A simple smoke test is not enough. Instead, we take an in-depth look at your chimney using a high-specification CCTV camera. This enables us to:

  • Check the condition of any liners.
  • Find blockages.
  • Assess damaged brickwork.
  • Identify previous poor workmanship.
  • Assess damage after a chimney fire.
  • Provide video evidence for insurance claims.

If the survey is for the purpose of stove installation, we also calculate the dimensions of the flue and confirm the most appropriate size and type of chimney lining.

Once we have completed the survey, we discuss our findings with you and agree what remedial work needs doing.

New Chimneys

If you don’t have a chimney, you can still have a stove. We pass safe, double-insulated flue pipes through ceilings and floors and out through the roof, sealing the exit point with flashing.

Contact us today for a friendly service with a no-sales approach.