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Importance of Chimney Maintenance

Chimney maintenance is essential, but what exactly is it, and what are the benefits?

What is Chimney Maintenance?

Chimney maintenance refers to the process of cleaning and restoring elements of the chimney and stack that can become worn and damaged over time. Chimney maintenance, for instance, could include things like repairing eroded mortar between bricks and stones, maintaining the hearth, and removing soot.

Why is it Important?

There are two reasons why maintaining your chimney is important. The first is to reduce the fire risk - something that we’ll discuss below. And second, keeping your chimney clean helps it to last longer and prevents you from incurring substantial repair costs. Regular maintenance helps you to retain the integrity of the interior, as well as the section that protrudes out from your roof.

Benefits of Chimney Maintenance

The benefits of chimney maintenance include:

  • Preventing the buildup of smoke

  • Preventing a fire in the chimney system

  • Cutting down on foul odours

  • Making it easier to inspect the chimney

  • Enabling your chimney to work more efficiency

Fire Risks and Hazards

Chimneys can accumulate a compound called creosote on their interior walls. This chemical can sometimes ignite, causing a fire. It’s vital, therefore, that chimney owners use professional chimney sweeps to remove the creasote and the associated risk.

Cost of Chimney Sweeping

The cost of chimney sweeping depends on the level of creosote and soot in your chimney. Prices for a single sweep usually range between £80 and £200. Repairs to masonry and stack tend to be more expensive, again depending on the damage.

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