When to Chimney Sweep
Over time your chimney can become clogged with soot and debris from your fire. The purpose of the chimney is to allow smoke to escape your home, but over time, residue from the material that you burn can build up on the interior walls of the chimney, potentially leading to problems.
Every year, there are approximately 5,000 chimney fires across England and Wales. Many of those fires are the result of people failing to clean out their chimneys regularly.
So, when should you have your chimney swept?
Schedule Chimney Inspections Once Per Year
Many people think that chimney fires are unlikely because soot is the leftovers of material (like wood) that has already been burned. But most chimney fires come about because of the burning of a different substance called creosote. Creosote is flammable and can build up on the inside of the chimney even after you think you’ve burned the fuel completely.
Most experts recommend that you have a chimney inspection one per year. If you haven't had a chimney inspection in the last twelve months, then you should book one immediately to avoid any danger.
Chimney Sweep Now Rather Than Later
Many people wait until there is a problem to have their chimneys swept. Although this may save a little bit of money in the short term, a chimney fire creates additional damage and costs overall, forcing you to pay out more than you’d like for repairs.
A chimney sweep can clear out soot and also nests made by birds and other animals if you haven’t used your chimney in a while.