Chimney Sweep Safety Procedures
The Chimney Sweep’s Role
The primary job of the chimney sweep is to aid in the prevention of chimney fires and reduce the risk of dangerous fume emissions from blocked heating appliances, flueways and chimneys
Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps
All GMCS members are fully insured and work to a Code of Practice.
A certificate of Chimney Sweeping is issued on completion of work. Modern chimney sweeping is an efficient and clean process.
Using a GMCS Chimney Sweep will;
• Eliminate the build up of soot from coal, wood, oil and gas fired systems
• Clear obstructions such as birds and animal nests, leaves and building debris, even cobwebs.
• Provide valuable advice on operating your appliance safely and efficiently and on any remedial work that may be necessary
The chimney termination covers illustrated below are only designed for disused flues.
Always remember to consult your GMCS Sweep for Chimney Pots – Cowls – Bird-guards and Terminals
GMCS strongly recommends that chimneys using the following fuels are cleaned:
• Smokeless fuels – At least once a year
• Bitumous coal – At least twice a year
• Wood – Quarterly when in use
• Oil – Once a year
• Gas – Once a year
Important – Never interrupt the air supply by blocking air vents or air bricks