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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How frequently should my chimney be swept?

    Chimney sweeping should take place at least:

    • Once a year for appliances burning smokeless fuels
    • Once a year for appliances burning gas
    • Once a year for appliances burning oil
    • Twice a year for appliances burning coal
    • Quarterly for appliances burning wood

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  • Why do I need to have my chimney/flue swept?

    Chimneys are basically an exhaust system for your fire and need to allow free passage of fumes and gases.  Regular cleaning will remove soot and creosote, prevent dangerous chimney fires and increase efficiency.  Birds nests, cobwebs and other blockages also need to be removed.

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  • Do I need to have my flue swept if I use gas or oil?

    Yes, although burning these fuels does not deposit soot there are numerous other problems which can affect chimney function, and sweeping can solve or identify these.  They can be susceptible to blockages and if the flue is aged and the old lining crumbling this can block the outlet of the appliance or allow carbon monoxide to build up.

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  • Why should I use a Guild registered sweep?

    Guild sweeps undertake an extensive training and assessment process.  Also, guild membership requires members to be insured and are fully equipped to deal with job situations.  You can be certain that when you book a Guild sweep you will be getting a professional, efficient and friendly service.

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  • How much will it cost?

    This will vary depending on the type and size of chimney and whether it is a straightforward sweep or whether there are other factors such as a blockage, but we are competitively priced.  Please contact us for a free no obligation quote.

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  • Does it make a mess?

    Very rarely.  We use the latest equipment and techniques and take every precaution to prevent escape of soot/dust into your home.

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  • How long will it take?

    The length of time will vary depending on the type and size of chimney, how long it has been since the chimney was last swept, how 'dirty' the chimney is and whether there are any other factors such as a blockage or birds nest.  The average time is an approximately an hour.

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