Apex Chimney Services carry out a full range of smoke testing chimneys in London and North Kent.

Chimney Smoke Testing – Why test your chimney?

The purpose of chimney smoke testing is to establish whether or not a chimney flue is sound and fit for use and has adequate draught to ensure the safe removal of smoke and to ensure that the combustion gasses evacuate from the fireplace upwards and out through the chimney pot and not leak into any other areas which surround the chimney system.

The smoke test will identify cracks and leaks in the chimney flue which if unidentified could result in harmful gasses and Carbon Monoxide (Co) leaking into your home or that of a neighbours.

About Apex Chimney Sweeps

Our chimney sweeps have achieved all of the necessary qualifications to allow us to issue Certificates of Chimney Smoke Testing. They are also deemed competent under HETAS and have attended and passed smoke testing courses run by both the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps and National Association of Chimney Sweeps approval schemes to allow us to competently smoke test your chimneys, to ensure safe use when burning either solid fuel (smokeless fuel, coal & wood) or gas appliances.

The smoke testing is carried out in accordance with the relevant Building Regulations and British and European Standards. It is a requirement prior to smoke testing to first sweep the chimney to ensure that it is clear and free from soot which could block existing cracks in the chimney flue.

 

 Apex Chimney Sweeps is a Proud Member of Checkatrade.com and  is also Kent Trading Standards Approved

 Smoke leaking into the bedroom above the fireplace

Smoke leaking into the bedroom above the fireplace

Smoke discharging from two outlets showing a leaking flue

Smoke discharging from two outlets showing a leaking flue

This customer thought that she could smell smoke in a fourth floor bedroom, having moved the wardrobe and lifted the carpets we soon found the problem. Further investigations found that a wood burning stove fitted in the fireplace in the lower ground floor (5 floors below) was the culprit, this could have resulted in a Carbon Monoxide incident and / or a house fire, as when the floorboards were lifted we found joists and the underside of the floorboards were badly scorched.

This customer thought that she could smell smoke in a fourth floor bedroom, having moved the wardrobe and lifted the carpets we soon found the problem. Further investigations found that a wood burning stove fitted in the fireplace in the lower ground floor (5 floors below) was the culprit, this could have resulted in a Carbon Monoxide incident and / or a house fire, as when the floorboards were lifted we found joists and the underside of the floorboards were badly scorched.

Smoke leaking into bathroom on the second floor whilst we were testing the chimney serving the ground floor gas fire, this could have resulted in a Carbon Monoxide poisoning had we not detected the fault. The gas fire was made safe and we advised that the flue concerned should be relined.

Smoke leaking into bathroom on the second floor whilst we were testing the chimney serving the ground floor gas fire, this could have resulted in a Carbon Monoxide poisoning had we not detected the fault. The gas fire was made safe and we advised that the flue concerned should be relined.

Here we are using a skylift whilst smoke testing chimneys for solid fuel use where the top of the chimney needs to be sealed off when under test.

Here we are using a skylift whilst smoke testing chimneys for solid fuel use where the top of the chimney needs to be sealed off when under test.