All you need to know about having your chimney sweeped including costs of materials, costs of labour and time frames.
Chimneys allow the passage of dangerous combustion gasses, as long as they are free from obstructions caused by excessive soot build up, bird nests, and any other blockages. Regular sweeping keeps the chimney clear of blockages and also removes creosote build up which can cause dangerous chimney fires. In addition, chimney sweeping can even increase the efficiency of some heating appliances.
Every chimney will have a recommended frequency of sweeping required which will depend on a number of factors such as the type of fuel used, the appliance and the type of fuel burned. The NACS (National Association of Chimney Sweeps) publish general sweeping guidelines as follows:- for fires burning smokeless fuel at least once per year, wood burning fires and bituminous coal should be cleaned quarterly when in use, whereas gas and oil burning appliance chimneys should be cleaned once every year.
A professional chimney sweep will check the condition of the chimney at the same time and advise if a new liner is required. Building regulations do not insist that you have a chimney liner installed in theory, but in practice most chimneys will require one. You should also get any appliances serviced and cleaned at the same time as the chimney itself.
If you have a standard, traditional brick built chimney, it’s not too difficult to clean the chimney yourself. Some people just use a set of drain rods instead of a chimney sweeping rods. However insurance companies may not agree that your DIY chimney cleaning efforts are just as good as a professional chimney sweep, and in the case of a chimney fire they may be unwilling to pay out! In addition, the consequences of a chimney leaking carbon monoxide into your home are potentially fatal, so ensuring your chimney is safe is not something to take lightly, if in doubt use a qualified chimney sweep and have both chimney and fire checked regularly!
There are many things which could go wrong when having your chimney swept thereby increasing the cost, particularly if using untrained local tradesmen. The mess that can be created inside your home is incredible if the cleaning is not done properly, but in addition if all the debris (and the cleaning rods) is not removed from the chimney then you could be left with a potentially fatal situation if the chimney is blocked!
The average cost of having your chimney sweeped is usually around £40-£70 and will obviously depend on a number of factors such as the type of appliance or chimney, the time it will take to complete the cleaning, the size of the chimney and the location/ease of access.
It usually only takes around an hour for an experienced chimney sweeper to complete the job.
Here are a few average costs for having your chimney sweeped:
|# of Chimneys||Last Cleaned||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|1||1 year ago||£40||1 hour|
|1||over 2 years ago||£70||2 hours|
|2||1 year ago||£70||2 hours|
|2||over 2 years ago||£120||4 hours|
Individual costs for having your chimney sweeped - Total Cost: £50