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6 Signs To Call In A Chimney Sweep

5 Signs It’s Time To Call In A Chimney Sweep

Arranging a regular inspection from a professional chimney sweep is an excellent way to ensure your chimney is safe and in good condition. However, there are some red flags to watch out for that might require you to book a service earlier than you had anticipated.

Here are 6 signs that it’s time to call in the professionals.

1. There’s A Bad Odour Coming From The Fireplace

An unpleasant smell coming from your fireplace is a clear indication that your chimney needs sweeping. The smell is usually caused by a buildup of soot and creosote in the flue, which can actually pose a fire hazard. If you have a bad odour coming from your chimney, avoid using your fireplace until it has been cleaned. Do not attempt to clean the chimney yourself, as this is a job best left to the pros. 

2. Your Fire Keeps Going Out

Although it can be very frustrating, there is usually a reason why a fire won’t start or keeps going out. In fact, this is typically caused by a blockage in the chimney or flue. As fires need a flow of oxygen to stay alight, a blocked chimney will cause major problems. So, if this sounds all too familiar, it’s time to call out your local chimney sweep.

3. There’s Animals Present

Many animals may decide to make a home out of your chimney. Whilst birds are more likely to nest atop the pots, rodents, such as mice and rats, often burrow into the nooks and crannies within the chimney itself. Evidence of animal activity is often indicated by sounds or even droppings! A professional chimney sweep will be able to inspect your chimney and safely remove any creatures.

4. Call A Chimney Sweep If You’ve Moved House

If you’ve moved into a new property with a chimney, it’s good practice to have it inspected by a professional chimney sweep. They will be able to check for any issues, such as blockages, cracks or damage to ensure your new home is safe.

5. There’s Obstructions In The Chimney

Contact a chimney sweep immediately if there are any obstructions within your chimney. Not only can blockages prevent your fires from starting or staying alight, but they can also be a huge fire hazard. Therefore, you should avoid using your fireplace until a sweep has removed the obstruction.

6. There Are Cracks In Your Chimney

Cracks and crumbling brick are often an indication of structural issues or damage. So, if you notice any signs of wear and tear, schedule an appointment with your local chimney sweep as soon as possible. They will be able to inspect the chimney and carry out any repairs that need fixing. The longer you delay, the more extensive or costly the repair could be.

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