Don’t be tempted to be a DIY chimney sweep

13 May

The classic Disney film Mary Poppins made the world of chimney sweeps look like a lot of fun. But if you don’t hire a professional and try to do the job yourself, you’re unlikely to have a fairy tale ending.

Chimney Sweeping

Here in France, the law requires that chimneys are swept twice a year. So, if you want to keep using your wood burning stove, pellet burning stove or multi fuel stove legally, you’ll need to comply with the rules.

However, amateur chimney sweeps tend not to be as lucky as the profession in the iconic film. There are very good reasons why you shouldn’t take on this chore yourself, including the damage that inexperienced sweeps can do to their chimneys and, ultimately, their homes.

Professional chimney sweeps such as Stove Sellers have extensive knowledge of stoves, chimneys and what to look for when ensuring a chimney is clean and safe.

The purpose of sweeping is to make sure the chimney is clear of blockages, caused by soot, birds’ nests and other debris. If you don’t know how to spot problem areas or check that the chimney has been properly swept, you could miss blockages without realising it – putting your home at risk from a chimney fire.

Cheap chimney brushes, available from DIY stores, are often not as flexible or effective as professional brushes. Here at Stove Sellers, we use a professional camera to thoroughly check that your chimney is completely clear and blockage-free.

If you’re unlucky enough to suffer a chimney fire, your home insurance provider will probably demand to see a certificate to prove that you’ve met your obligations to have the chimney professionally swept twice a year. Fail to produce this and your home insurance policy could be invalidated.

So, stay lucky and get in touch with us today to book your professional chimney sweep.

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