In cities like Carlisle you may have to burn smokeless fuel in your fireplace or stove, but whatever fuel is used you need to ensure that your chimney is regularly swept by a qualified sweep who can issue a certificate of compliance
So it is essential that whoever sweeps your chimney is not only trained but also fully insured and qualified by a professional organization such as the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps.
Your chimney sweep needs to know about safety issues relating to all kinds of chimneys, fireplaces and flues to give you peace of mind and to protect you and your family from harmful fumes and help safeguard your building from chimney fires.
Ablesweep is City and Guilds Qualified, a member and trustee of the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps; is HETAS registered, has NICEIC certification, a member of the Federation of Small Businesses, so you can be assured of an efficient and expert service.
You'll be pleased to know that we use the most up-to-date power vacuum sweeping systems to make certain that the chimney cleaning is done thoroughly with no mess and no fuss.
We take pride in the cleanliness and competence of our services and can guarantee a speedy and technically proficient chimney cleaning service.
Solid fuel burning is becoming more popular due to soaring costs of other fuels, so chimney sweeps need to provide an expert chimney sweeping and cleaning service to customers who own fuel burning appliances, such as:
To ensure your safety, a chimney sweep often takes on roles and jobs that are generally ignored by official heating and ventilation bodies.
Many people are under the wrong, and dangerous, impression that if they are burning smokeless fuel they won't need the services of a chimney sweep
All fuels, solid, gas, LPG and oil, venting conventionally to the outside must have their chimneys swept to ensure the flue ways are clear in order to avoid CO poisoning and possible chimney fires.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning from Blocked Chimneys
Deaths related to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning need to be taken into account. Unfortunately, due to lack of policed regulations relating to chimneys and appliances that burn fossil fuel, the UK is at the forefront of such deaths and accidental CO poisonings.
What's more ... several years ago whilst sitting my HETAS exams I remember being astonished when the lecturer said that in the previous twelve months he had helped coroners compile reports associated with thirteen separate carbon monoxide deaths as a result of wrong solid fuel appliance maintenance.
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Nowadays, chimney sweeping and maintenance are being taken very seriously by home insurance companies.
A growing number of insurance companies are including clauses relating to real open fires or stoves in the small print of policies. These clauses may invalidate the insurance liability if the chimney or flue has not been swept and a chimney fire causes subsequent damage.
For this reason it is clearly important to use a qualified and registered chimney sweep who issues a valid certificate which can be shown to the insurance company in the event of a claim for any kind of damage.
If you have recently moved home to a house with a fireplace you want to use, please have your chimney checked prior to using it.
Sometimes you may want to open up an old fireplace, or install a stove.
If there are fireplaces and chimneys that have previously been blocked up, and you want to re-instate them, it is advisable to have the chimneys checked by a qualified chimney sweep, to ensure that they are safe to use for the purpose you have in mind.
For example old chimneys in tenement flats may have been capped or have spider's webs or birds nesting in them. Also it is not uncommon to find building rubble lodged in the chimney from roof work or building work done on other flats at higher levels.
Here at Ablesweep our main aim is the safety of our customers.
When we clean your chimney we make sure that we create no mess and no fuss, and issue you with a certificate for your insurance.
We have many happy customers.
Here is one Testimonial:
My friend suggested I call Simon of Ablesweep. Although we regularly have our chimney swept we were under the impression it was normal for there to be soot everywhere afterwards. A revelation; no dust! My wife is delighted since we don't have to spend hours cleaning. I am looking forward to Simon sweeping our chimney in the Spring.
Stephen R Hamilton
We provide chimney sweep services to all areas of Cumbria, Carlisle and surrounding areas.