3 Reasons Why a Chimney Needs to be Swept

Here at Pearson Fuels, we stock a variety of different products including traditional bituminous coal, smokeless ovals, anthracite and even imported firewood which allows our clients to choose the most suitable fuel for their property and its requirements. With this said, the importance of chimney sweeping does not diminish depending on the type of fuel that is burned, particularly if they are carbon-based. Read on as we go over three reasons why sweeping a chimney is an essential maintenance requirement…

Does chimney sweeping reduce the risk of a chimney fire?

Carbon-based fuels like coal and firewood create a material known as creosote on the sides of a flue which builds up over time and resembles the texture of tar. This means that it can be very difficult to remove without the specialist tools at the disposal of a professional chimney sweeper. In fact, creosote is also extremely flammable and thick deposits are more likely to catch alight and set a dangerous chimney fire, however chimney sweeping keeps creosote build-up under control and greatly reduces the risk of such an occurrence.

How easy is it to maintain a chimney?

Maintaining a chimney involves a lot more than annual chimney sweeping. After all, the brickwork itself also needs to be kept in tip top condition because any cracks or damage to the firebox can affect the dispersion of gases as they leave the property. Luckily, a high-quality chimney sweep will also inspect these components during a sweep in order to inform the property owner if repair work is required.

Can an un-swept chimney be a risk to health?

Since creosote levels will build-up unless they are removed through regular chimney sweeping, the amount of space that is available within a flue can become compromised. As a result, the gases that are created during combustion will remain inside the property in small quantities and overtime, this can lead to serious health complications like carbon monoxide poisoning. This means that an un-swept chimney can be incredibly dangerous and may put the health of property owners at risk.

When it comes to the combustion of carbon-based fuels like coal and firewood, it is vital that the flue of a chimney is kept free from build-up. After all, materials like soot and creosote can be a life-threatening hazard if homeowners do not follow the maintenance guidelines of chimney usage and ownership. To find out more information about the importance of chimney sweeping, get in contact with the best coal merchants around and speak to a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!

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