Cost of having your Chimney Sweeped
A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to sweep your chimneys, including the costs of labour and materials.
Smoot, smog, and black marks on the home’s exterior are just a few of the possible problems you face if you don’t have your chimney swept routinely. There is also the risk of fire damage, and smoke inhalation, which are far more severe consequences of a dirty chimney.
Sure, having a chimney is a nice addition to any home. But, like anything else, you have to properly maintain it. This includes having it swept and cleaned on a routine basis, especially if you use the chimney on a regular basis.
Why have your Chimney Sweeped
Cleanliness is the first thing that comes to mind; but, it is not the most important. Smoke inhalation, smog, and possible fire damage are far more important reasons to have your chimney professionally swept at least every 6 months.
Keep in mind that animal droppings can also get in the chimney, and the possibility of dead animals getting caught in the chimney is always possible. If you don’t have it cleaned routinely, you will have those horrible smells, and contaminants, living in your home until you choose to do so.
What the job entails
Most chimney sweeps will sweep/clean the interior walls of your chimney. They will remove obstructions, remove leaves, twigs, and branches as well. A professional chimney sweep will also check for damage or dangerous obstructions, which can lead to possible fire damage in your home.
If replacement is necessary or repair work has to be done, a professional chimney sweep can also diagnose/inform you of such issues. If nothing else, having your chimney swept and properly maintained, will help with clean air flow in the home, help reduce heating/cooling bills, and will help eliminate foul odours from your home.
If there is damage to the bricks or even the siding of the chimney, many professional chimney sweeps can perform general repair work. This is usually in the form of replacing a few bricks or leveling exterior surfaces.
For older chimneys, you might be considering a new, up-to-date exterior. Whether you want a different colour, material finish, or design elements added, when you contact a chimney sweep, this might be the best time to discuss design work which can be performed.
If there is roof damage or gutter cleanup which has to be completed, a chimney sweep can also inform you of such services. Even if they don’t perform such repairs, they will at least inform you of potential issues, threats, or danger, if such services have to be completed on the home’s roof/surrounding area.
Costs and Duration
This will depend on the size of the chimney, height of the roof, and of course the rates the chimney sweep you hire charges. Most sweeps will charge a flat rate per hour, of anywhere from £40-80. Most chimneys can be swept within an hour or two, given there isn’t major smoot/smog, or another blockage which is present.
If you have your chimney swept every 4-6 months, this is the best way to ensure optimal maintenance, cleanliness, and help prevent major damage from occurring to the home’s chimney.
In most instances, a professional chimney sweep can complete cleaning services in 1-2 hours. For larger/wider chimneys, it might take a little more time, if they have to extensively scrub the interior walls.
With professional-grade scrubbers, most sweeps will complete interior cleaning quickly when servicing your home. If they have to replace bricks or perform additional exterior services to the chimney, this will, of course, extend the duration of the service time required for completion.
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Here is a list of commonly asked questions in regards to having your chimney sweeped.
Q Do I have to clean my chimney?
Yes, it should be cleaned every 4-6 months. If you use it often, consider having it swept more frequently. The reason being is that smoke, soot, and fire threats are possible if buildup inside the chimney occurs. If there are leaves, droppings, or other obstructions in the chimney, all of this is a potential fire threat, which will not only cause damage to the home but put your family in peril as well.
Q How long does it take to sweep?
Most chimney sweeps can complete services in a matter of hours. Relying on commercial grade scrubbers, they can complete interior cleaning service, in a fraction of the time it used to take to perform similar services in years past.
Q How much does it cost?
Most chimney sweeps charge a flat rate per hour. This can be anywhere from £40 to £80 per hour.
Q Does my gas/oil chimney require cleaning?
Although the flue and chimney with these systems are cleaner, you should still have a chimney sweep clean them. This will help reduce gas/oil smells in the home. It also ensures there are no obstructions (which you can’t control) falling in from outside the home, which can still lead to fire threats in the home.
Q What should I do beforehand?
Typically, there isn’t anything you have to do when you hire a chimney sweep to clean your home’s chimney. Most sweeps might ask you to clear the area in front/around the chimney, and remove any obstructions on the roof prior to servicing. Apart from this, they are going to take care of all the details and cleaning work, as it pertains to cleaning your home’s chimney.