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Hiring a tradesman to perform a chimney safety inspection
Regular maintenance is important for the upkeep of a chimney, and not just to stop fires breaking out. Any number of problems could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide, while any structural issues with a chimney can cause problems for the rest of your property! Whether for a chimney you have used or for one at a property you are considering moving into, a chimney safety inspection can tell you everything you need to know about a chimney’s cleanliness and structural integrity, including recommendations for any repair jobs.
Assessing a chimney’s state requires specialist knowledge that most DIY enthusiasts sadly do not possess. When it’s time to hire a Pro, Plentific can give you the help you need. The Plentific website can quickly generate a bespoke contact list of tradesmen in your local area that have the skills you need, and each will have a Plentific profile where you can view their qualifications, past jobs and customer reviews. Managing and messaging Pros is quick and easy through the Plentific Dashboard, while the Plentific Wallet allows you to book your Pros with complete security. Best of all, each and every job booked via Plentific is covered by the Plentific Guarantee. Whatever your project might involve, Plentific is here to help you find your ideal tradesman.
What do I need to know about chimney safety inspections?
You may need a chimney safety inspection for one of many reasons: when buying or selling a house, you might want to be certain of a chimney’s status and structural integrity, if only for insurance purposes. You may have noticed your chimney or fireplace acting strangely, and want to be sure there are no ventilation issues. You might be planning some home improvement work, and need a full structural survey of your property, including the chimney. Whatever the reason, a chimney safety inspection will give a comprehensive idea of the state of your chimney, as well as what actions might be necessary to fix it up.
Many of the problems that can develop in an average chimney can lead to the buildup of or exposure to carbon monoxide, a poisonous and odourless gas that can result in long term health complications and even death. It could be caused by a faulty appliance, blockages in the chimney or flue, sealed or blocked air vents or an incorrectly fitted chimney cowl or terminal. The inspector will provide details on any issues that need to be addressed, as well as certification for if your chimney passes the test. Remember to ask for this, as it can be important for insurance purposes.
To ensure a high quality job it is important to find a highly rated and qualified chimney sweeper to perform your safety inspection. A high quality professional will have several years of experience and my have passed industry-approved qualifications or undertaken training from a national group, such as the National Association of Chimney Sweeps. Membership in such a group is a great sign, as they have high standards for quality of work and professionalism that members have to meet with every job. Remember to ask for references and reviews from their previous customers. If they cannot or refuse to provide any of this information, they are to be avoided. Your final hire should have active public liability and professional indemnity insurance, as well as a guarantee for their work.
The cost of a chimney safety inspection will depend on a few factors, such as the size and type of your chimney and fireplace, the age of your chimney, its height and its number of flues. Usually you could be expect to pay around £280 for an inspection of a chimney with a single flue, and around £80 more for each additional flue. Ask around and get multiple quotes to choose from, making sure to compare your choices based on quality as well as cheapness.