Category Archives: Chimneys

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How often should you have your chimney swept?

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As the evenings start to draw in and the weather gets chillier a nice warm, cosy fire sounds really good, but if you haven’t had your chimney swept all through summer then you really need to get this done before you start your first fire of the season.


If you burn smoke-less fuel, then it will be fine to have your chimney swept once a year at this time. However if you burn wood or bituminous housed coal then we would advise having it swept twice a year, once at the beginning of the burning season and once at the end.


Remember to get it booked in good time, as this is our busiest time of year!

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Birds in your Chimney

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It is obviously inconvenient to have birds nesting in your chimney, but it can also be very dangerous as a blockage can cause carbon dioxide to come in to your room.

Another issue is that under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it is an offence to remove a nest whilst the birds are nesting. Luckily nesting season is from March – August, so unless we have a very cold Spring and Summer you are unlikely to be lighting your fire.

Birds that nest in chimneys are quite large (often jackdaws) and therefore the nest is much larger than you might see in a bush or tree. It’s important that you have a professional remove the nest because

  1. It’s a very dirty job
  2. Professionals have the right equipment to seal the chimney and remove the nest with as little disruption as possible
  3. Standard sweeping rods will be unlikely to remove the whole nest
  4. How will you know if you got it all? Out CCTV equipment ensures complete removal
  5. You’ll need a bird guard fitting otherwise they’ll be back next year!

If you haven’t had a bird nest in your chimney, but you don’t have a bird guard, we can sort that out for you too.