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A chimney, like anything else in a property, needs to be properly maintained. If a chimney is continually used without being cleaned, the buildup of residue and dead materials can lead to blockages or even structural fires!

One of the most important parts of chimney maintenance is regularly professional cleaning. This is particularly important for chimneys that are used regularly or those that use wood or bituminous coal as fuel, as these can leave behind particularly dangerous residue.

A professional chimney sweep service will remove any blockages and make sure that your chimney is safe to use. However, the cost of a chimney sweep can vary depending on several factors, such as the extent of the blockage, the shape of the chimney and whether certain difficult items need to be removed.

Remember, when it comes to ensuring your property's safety, skimping on costs is a false economy. Depending on when it was last done, you may also want to consider booking a chimney safety inspection. and if necessary chimney repair, alongside your sweeping service.

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How often should I sweep my chimney?

Generally speaking it is advised that you clean your chimney at least once a year. However, according to the National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS), chimneys will need to be swept more frequently if they use certain types of fuel. Burning wood, for example, leaves behind a highly combustible material called ‘creosote’. If allowed to build up, this can ignite and lead to devastating fire damage.

To confirm how often you should sweep your chimney, think about what kind of fuel you use:

  • Smokeless fuel - Once a year
  • Wood - Quarterly if in use
  • Bituminous coal - Quarterly if in use
  • Oil or gas - Once a year


Chimney sweep costs

The cost of hiring a chimney sweep will depend on a few different factors. A standard sweep of a chimney or lined stove can cost between £45 and £55; however, there can be additional charges for:

  • Every floor/ storey that the chimney covers
  • Removing nests, dead animals or other serious blockages
  • Having to use CCTV to inspect the chimney prior to sweeping

Naturally, the cost will also go up for every individual chimney that needs to be cleaned. That being said, if you do need several chimneys swept on the same day, you should be able to get a discount. 

As with hiring any tradesman, when looking for a professional chimney sweep service you should always take your time and consider your options carefully. For each of your candidates, look at the specific details of their service: do they take steps to protect flooring and furniture, or will this be up to you? Will they perform a smoke evacuation test once they have finished cleaning? You should also take the time to check reviews from their previous customers to see if they can deliver the quality of work that you expect.