The importance of maintaining and servicing your chimney can never be underestimated. To allow the continued effective, efficient and above all safe use of your chimney it is crucial you look after the condition of your chimney. However, when it comes to various aspects of chimney maintenance and servicing it is all too easy to get lost in the jargon and terminology. That is why here at East Midland Stoves we have compiled a complete chimney maintenance and servicing guide to steer you through the process. Read on to find out more!
Why Is Chimney Maintenance & Servicing Necessary?
Inspecting, servicing and maintaining the condition of your chimney is a necessity should you wish to safely and effectively use stoves. Chimney maintenance allows you to gauge the condition of the chimney and whether this will potentially pose a threat. When left unattended, the condition of chimneys can quickly deteriorate. Chimneys should contain a sealed flue from the appliance, such as a wood burning stove, through to the chimney pot. This allows the safe transportation of combustion products such as gases to escape safely. Effective chimney maintenance can involve a few procedures:
Chimney Sweeping – this ensures any obstructions are cleared to prevent the danger of soot falls and the potential back-draft of harmful gases. Products such as soot also have the potential to catch alight if left. We recommend you sweep your chimney annually, and as often as every three months during burning season.
Chimney Relining – this ensures the ongoing structural integrity of chimneys and allows safe and efficient combustion. It is important to check whether a chimney is both wind and water tight.
Chimney Repointing – Repointing is effectively renewing the external mortar points on any masonry construction. Over time weathering can adversely affect these joints and allow in unwanted water.
Smoke Testing – this helps to ensure there are no potential leaks that can emit harmful gases into your home.
Can I Service My Chimney Myself?
Thorough chimney maintenance & servicing removes build-ups of debris within your chimney and ensures ongoing structural integrity. This allows it to function properly and safely. To ensure the efficient and safe usage of your chimney a professional and correctly qualified maintenance service is crucial. The National Association Of Chimney Sweeps (NACS) is a professional trade association, created to promote high standards for sweeping, inspection and the maintenance of chimneys. Here at East Midland Stoves we are fully NACS qualified, allowing you peace of mind in the knowledge that our expert team are highly experienced in all facets of chimney maintenance and servicing.
How Often Does My Chimney Need Servicing?
It is advisable that you have your chimney swept annually, and as often as every three months when it is burning season. Venting systems that are connected to stoves should also be cleaned on a regular basis to maintain their condition and guarantee safer usage. It is extremely important that you do not neglect or cut corners when it comes to the condition of your chimney or venting system. Undiscovered defects have the potential to turn into expensive repairs, or in the worst case scenarios, chimney fires.
A Few Tips…
– Ensure fire safety with both chimney sweeping and servicing on a regular basis. Identifying minor potential issues before they grow into major issues will save you time and money in the long run. Problems such as slower burning or smoke blowing back into the room can also indicate problems such as blockages.
– Burn fuel that is correct for your stove. Wood burning stoves are designed to burn only wood or wood derived products. If you desire a more flexible stove, multi-fuel stoves are capable of burning other fuel sources such as coal. If you desire ease of use it may even be worth considering gas or electric stoves.
– Even when a chimney is serviced this does not mean there is still not the potential for fire breaking out. Using safety precautions such as fire guards prevent sparks from potentially setting fire to carpets and floors.
Chimney Maintenance & Servicing Guide
Here at East Midland Stoves we provide a variety of chimney maintenance services including sweeping, relining and repointing. These all allow the continued safe and efficient burning of your stoves and allow you to rest easy knowing that your home is safe. We are also fully NACs and HETAS qualified. Our hard working, dedicated team service areas all across the East Midlands including Leicester, Derby, Coventry and Nottingham. If you require any form of stove or chimney maintenance services then East Midland Stoves is the place for you!