Does My Gas Fire Need Chimney Sweeping? A chimney sweep explains.
Apex Chimney Sweeps London explain how it is always a good idea to have your chimney swept, even if you are using a gas fire rather than a ‘real’ fire. Although it may not seem obvious, chimneys still have to be kept in good condition so the fumes can safely escape out of the house.
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Lee Pearce: If there’s a gasfire in place, chimneys should be swept. Not so much from a fire safety point of view – because gas fire chimneys are very unlikely to catch fire if it’s been swept previously. Before any gas fire has been installed, the chimneys should be swept through to make sure it’s clear and it’s safe to use. It should also be tested to make sure it’s safe to use.
But fro a maintenance basis, the chimney does need to be swept regularly. Even cobwebs building up in the chimney flue, with dust falling down on top of them have been known to block a chimney and stop the fumes from the gas fire evacuating through the chimney and out through the top. So, yes, it does need to be done regularly and again it’s vital that it’s done once a year.
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You are strongly advised to use a professional chimney sweep.
Further Chimney Information
Please contact Apex Chimney Sweeps London if you’d like to discuss chimney and fire safety. Apex can advise you on all aspects of chimney maintenance, chimney cleaning and safety. Just call 020 8856 4341 and we’ll be delighted to discuss your requirements, which could be anything from chimney sweeping to fireplace sizing to Chimney CCTV surveys or dealing with chimney pots, cowls and birdguards.
Apex Chimney Sweeps London were established back in 1984 and we coverall London postcodes and North Kent.