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Chimney Sweep in St Albans, Hertfordshire

Need a chimney sweep in St Albans?

Ansell Chimneys are available in the St Albans area now to sweep your chimney professionally and at a reasonable price. We take a great deal of care in everything we do so you can rest assured that a good job will be done.

But when should your chimney be swept?

You maybe wondering whether it's time to get your chimney swept. Many people don't know what signs to look for. Ansell Chimneys are experienced chimney sweeps and offer the following advice to their St Albans customers.

By far the best way to determine a need have your chimney swept is to have a professional inspection carried out by Ansell Chimneys in your St Albans home. Short of this, if you look up the chimney and you see material building up on the damper a quarter to an eighth of an inch thick, then that is usually a pretty good sign. Also, if you open your damper and see material fall down, that is also a good sign.

Ultimately, common sense should prevail here and it is a good idea is to have an annual cleaning done at about the same time every year. This annual chimney sweeping should be carried out just before the winter season.

Also, how often your chimney should be swept depends on how much the chimney is used. If you do not use your fire everyday and it's only used a few times a year your chimney will probably be fine with one cleaning every year. However, if you use your chimney all day everyday, you may need several cleanings throughout the winter months. You can always ask Ansell Chimneys to visit your St Albans home to inspect it and they can give you a better idea of when your chimney will need another cleaning.

There are some important facts to know about chimney sweeping.

Freshly cut wood that is burnt tends to build up a layer of creosote much faster than hardwood does. Creosote is a carcinogen and it can be deadly. If you have a stove or fireplace insert, you will have to clean your chimney more often. This is quite common in the St Albans area as there are quite a few older properties that have stoves and wood burning fires. The way you handle your fireplace also affects the cleanliness of it. The location of your chimney in your house and the construction of it make a very big difference too. Both of these have an affect on how much creosote builds up in the chimney.

A good rule of thumb is to not assume your chimney is functioning properly even if you hardly ever use it. Many problems can make your chimney a potential threat to your family and their safety. Cracks, lightning strikes, daily use, moisture issues, and pests like birds and squirrels can cause big problems for your chimney.

What Ansell Chimneys will do at your St Albans home

Ansell Chimneys will examine the rooftop, attic, firebox, and foundation. Only a professional chimney sweep like Ansell Chimneys can really understand all of these areas. Ansell Chimneys will also know exactly what you need to do to fix the problem so you can avoid any future problems and extra costs.

Should you not be able to remember the last time you had your chimney cleaned, then it's time to call Ansell Chimneys, they are only a short distance away from St Albans. There is a very good chance that there will be a lot of residue built up in your chimney. One of the most important reasons to have your chimney swept is chimney-induced fires. Every year hundreds of houses are badly damaged or destroyed because of dirty chimneys. These are fires that could and should have been avoided. There is also a very high probability that your insurance companie won't want to pay out on a claim if they find you were negligent in maintaining your chimney.

Ansell Chimneys

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