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Chimney Sweep

Power Chimney Sweeping & Other Accreditation

Sweeping Frequency

  • Gas- Once a year.
  • Oil- Once a year.
  • Wood – Once a season when in use.
  • Smokeless coal- At least once a year.
  • Bitumous coal- At least twice a year.

For most chimneys we use modern power sweeping techniques, see the video below for a demonstration of what to expect.

Reasons to get your Chimney Swept.

1.Why you’re chimney/flue should be cleaned on a regular basis.

There are a number of reasons:

It clears creosote/soot deposits within the chimney therefore reducing the risk of a chimney fire and allows for proper venting of dangerous combustion gases.

When the sweep is inspecting the chimney, they will check that building regulations have been adhered to, for example flue Vs firebox, distance from combustibles etc.

When the sweep is doing an inspection he will check as much of the flue that is visible (depending on the level of inspection) for cracks and breaches in the flue liner, he will also check the smoke chamber for breaches and do a ground level inspection of the chimney stack. If your chimney fails any part of this level 1 inspection, your sweep may recommend that a higher level of inspection take place that might include smoke testing the chamber or a CCTV survey.

2. Are chimney fires a common occurrence?

In short the answer is yes. The latest statistics that are available from the department of environment show that in 2006 the Irish Fire Service attended 9,394 domestic fires an increase of 2.5% on 2005. Of these 9,394 fires 5,695 were chimney fires an increase of more than 2.8% on the 2005 figure. In 2006 there were 3 fatalities resulting form chimney/solid fuel appliance fires. This accounts for 7% of all fatalities in all fires attended by the Irish Fire Services.

·In Dublin in 2006 there were 317 chimney fires attended by the fire brigade.

·In Co. Kildare in 2006 there were 281 chimney fires attended by the fire brigade.

·In Co. Meath in 2006 there were 126 chimney fires attended by the fire brigade.

·In Co. Wicklow in 2006 there were 33 chimney fires attended by the fire brigade.

3. What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon Monoxide is a colourless, odourless, tasteless gas, produced during the incomplete combustion of carbon-based fuels such as wood, coal, gas and oil. It is harmful if inhaled and may result in death if present in sufficient quantities or if a person is exposed for a sufficient length of time or over a protracted period. We would recommend that all properties having stoves fitted should have a carbon monoxide detector fitted when the stove is been installed. If the alarms sound the best advice is to turn off the appliance in the case of oil or gas and for solid fuel just let it burn through, vacate, ventilate and have a professional investigate the cause of the alarm. When we service a stove we fit a patch detector as part of the service. For more information on Carbon Monoxide click here.

4. I have a stove but no cleaning access.
No problem, We should be able to sweep up through the baffle plate, if not we can fit an access door in your stove pipe, see the video below as an example.

For further information please contact Tom @ 086 826 5909 or email stackchimneyservices@gmail.com 

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