FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
From my experience there are three reasons why you should get your chimney swept regularly.
1. The first reason is to protect you and your family’s health.
Did you know that breathing in the fumes from gas or wood fires can cause serious damage to your health? Even worse, is the worse cases can prove fatal ! Having your chimney swept regularly will help ensure that the flue or chimney is sufficiently clear to allow the dangerous fumes to escape safely out of the chimney or flue.
2. The second reason is to help avoid chimney fires.
Did you know that having your chimney swept regularly will drastically reduce the chances of having a chimney fire?
Chimney or flue fires can cause property damage, which will need to be repaired and replaced. It can also damage the flue or chimney itself. In the worst case, you could lose your home.
3. The third reason is to avoid smoke damage.
Every time your fire is lit and used, soot will accumulate up the length of the chimney or flue.
Eventually this build up will decrease the interior width of the flue or chimney, which in turn, will reduce the amount of smoke which can be drawn upwards.
If the chimney or flue does not have enough pull, smoke will be allowed to enter into the room, not only causing irritation to you, your family, and pets, but can also blacken your fireplace, and the surrounding areas.
The accumulated creosote also corrodes the flues, meaning you will need them replaced sooner.
It is recommended by wood heater manufacturers that you should only burn seasoned hardwood in your wood heater.
** Seasoned hard wood is hard wood that has been drying out for 1-2 years**
Wood Heater Flues –
These should be Chimney swept every 1- 2 years in Queensland.
Open Fireplace Chimney’s –
These should be Chimney swept every 4- 5 years in Queensland.
Other Factors That Determine How Often You Need to Get Your Wood Heater Flue or Chimney Swept.
The factors listed below could cause creosote to build up quicker in your chimney flue.
- Burning Wet Wood Or Timber
- Burning Green Timber
- Not Burning Seasoned Hard Wood.
- Not Allowing Wood Heater To Get Hot
Your Wood Heater Needs To Run For At Least 45 Minutes On Full Air.
If you restrict airflow to your wood heater before this time, your wood heater may not be up to heat and this can cause the fire in your wood heater to struggle to breathe and stay alight.
Your wood heater will now start producing excess smoke which is not ideal. This smoke can form a sticky tar-like creosote, which coats the internal flue and can restrict airflow which can result in blocking your wood heater flue and even cause chimney fires!
- I take great care to enclose your fireplace and cover your floors and carpets with drop sheets, before I start the chimney sweep process. This makes sure that the soot and grime from the flue is not spread though your home and is trapped within your fireplace to minimise mess and for easy collection.
- I also vacuum around your fireplace to ensure all soot is collected and the fireplace is cleaner than I found it.
- My chimney sweep services will ensure that your chimneys operate safer, more efficiently and cleaner.
Open Fireplace Chimney Cleaning – Things you need to do before I arrive
- Remove All items off the mantel shelf
- Remove rugs from directly in front of the fireplace
- Remove any furniture directly in front of the fireplace
PLEASE TAKE NOTE
If your fireplace has NEVER been cleaned or it has between 8 and 20 Years since it was cleaned, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU COVER YOUR FURNITURE with drop sheets.
- Before I start, drop sheets are used to cover floors and carpets.
- Drop sheets are also used to cover the front of the fireplace opening to ensure the soot, ash and creosote can not escape during cleaning process.
- I will then go on to the roof and brush ash, soot and creosote the down your chimney into the bottom of your fireplace.
- Next, I will remove the ash, soot and creosote from your fireplace.
- Lastly, I will vacuum out your fireplace.
Steps you can take to help prevent house fires caused by unsafe chimneys and flues.
- When moving into a new home with a fireplace, it is essential that you get your chimney flue inspected to checked, making sure that it is clean and safe to use..
- Get your chimney swept regularly
- Do Not Burn Wet Timber And Wood
- Do Not Burn Green Timber And Wood
- Do not Burn Hardwoods
The smoke from burning the above types of wood can form a sticky tar, like creosote, that coats the internal flue. This type of creosote can start to build up and restrict airflow inside the flue, which can end up completely blocking your wood heater flue or even causing chimney fires.
My fee for cleaning your wood heater flu or open fireplace chimney varies depending on a lot of factors, like where you are located, how dirty your flue or chimney is etc.
Yes, I offer free quotes. Phone me on 0404 907 121 to get your free quote.
Booking is quick and easy. Simply phone me on 0404 907 121 or fill in the contact form on our contact page, and I will be in touch soon.
Sunshine Coast Chimney Cleaning services all areas of the Sunshine Coast | Caboolture | Redcliffe | North Brisbane.