Chimney Sweeps

1 April 2022 – 2 Minute Read

How much is a chimney sweep?

It costs around £45 for a routine chimney sweep but prices can start from just £30 . Keep in mind that you may have to pay a higher rate if you need more than one chimney to be cleaned in one visit, or if your chimney is severely blocked.

Do you need to tip a chimney sweep?

In the UK, there is no standard practice for tipping your chimney sweep. However, if you want to tip, an extra 10% is appropriate.

How often should you hire a chimney sweep?

Generally, you should hire a chimney sweep once a year. Your chimney sweep will fully clean the flue, inspect the chimney and perform any basic maintenance. If you suspect there is an issue with your chimney, you don’t have to wait for your annual appointment. It is better to ask a professional for advice as soon as you notice a problem.

Do chimney liners need sweeping?

Yes, if your chimney has a liner it will definitely need to be swept. In fact, having a chimney liner can often mean you need to book more regular appointments with your chimney sweep. Having your chimney liner swept every 4 months will help keep everything in good condition but you may have to adjust this depending on what you burn. If you are unsure, your chimney sweep will be able to give you personalised advice based on your liner type.

Do you need a chimney sweep for wood-burning stoves?

Yes, if you have a wood-burning stove you should hire a chimney sweep at least once every 6 months.

Does a gas fire chimney need sweeping?

Yes, a gas fire chimney does need to be regularly swept. Even though gas does not produce very much soot, it is very important to make sure your chimney stays clear. A blocked gas fire chimney can lead to too much carbon monoxide building up, which is very harmful. Sweep your chimney once every 6 months for peace of mind.

How long does it take to sweep a chimney?

It takes an average of 45 minutes to sweep a standard chimney.

Does chimney sweeping make a mess?

Before your chimney sweep starts work, they should protect the area around the chimney with special covers. Most modern chimney sweeps also use filtered vacuums to avoid releasing dust into the air. However, you may still notice some soot escaping into your home. If this is the case, a reliable chimney sweep will clean it up for you so there is no mess left behind.

Do chimney sweeps go on the roof?

No, the majority of chimney sweeps will clean your chimney by accessing it through the fireplace. However, if there is a blockage that is hard to reach from the bottom, they may clear it from the roof.

Can a chimney sweep remove a bird's nest?

A chimney sweep can remove a bird's nest but they cannot do it during the nesting season. In the UK, it is illegal to remove or damage a bird’s nest while birds are still using it.