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5 Reasons You NEED Your Chimney Swept Before Winter

As we approach autumn/winter and the temperature drops with the passing months. The need to use your solid fuel burning appliance becomes ever more regular.

The need to use a registered sweep (preferably a NACS sweep) on an annual basis becomes ever more crucial.

Here are five good reasons to make this an annual priority in your home maintenance schedule.


If appliances' flues and chimneys are continuously left un-swept, the steady build up of soot and tar could eventually lead to a chimney fire that could cause serious damage or even the destruction of your property.

Uncleared vermin nests and even a heavy build up of cobwebs have the potential to cause serious problems.

2. Early identification of wear/damage/problems with your appliance and chimneys

A trained and experienced sweep would most likely pick up any issues during the sweeping process and report them to the home owner before they become expensive or dangerous future problems.

3. carbon monoxide poisoning.

The silent invisible killer - you can't smell it, taste it or see it.

Incomplete combustion, lack of oxygen while burning and blocked flue-ways/chimneys are all causes and could be avoided by booking a NACS chimney sweep annually.

4. Appliance working safely and efficiently

Using the services of a professional NACS sweep will ensure that at least once a year your appliance will be thoroughly cleaned ensuring that any debris, soot and tar deposits are removed from hard to reach places, i.e. on top of the baffle/register plate as well as internal and external air vents.

5. Ensure that your house insurance is valid in the case of a house fire caused by your appliance flue-way/chimney.

Most insurance companies would refuse to make a payment for fire damage caused by your appliance/chimney if an in-date certificate of sweeping from a certified sweep cannot be produced.


Solid fuel burning appliances are traditionally a moral boosting and enjoyable way of heating your home during the colder months. They also give the user a choice of how much money is spent on heating.

They do however need at least annual attention by a professional sweep to ensure this procedure is carried out safely.

Case Studies:

1. Dangerous fireplace discovered by Burnwize, note the wooden plywood lintel above the flue exit.

2. Jackdaw nests are a common problem in chimneys.

3. Dangerous levels of soot and tar must be avoided by regular sweeping, correct burning methods and fuel.

4. The right tools and equipment must be used to prevent damage on the flue liners.

5. Burnwize can order and replace parts to ensure efficient burning.

Always use a registered sweep.

And insist on an insurance recognised certificate.