Welcome to Barkers Chimney Sweep. We are NACS registered chimney sweeps that cover Greater Manchester, Cheshire & Lancashire. We use both traditional & the latest power sweeping techniques.
The Benefits of a using a Professional Chimney Sweep
We are members of NACS and work strictly to the NACS Code of Practice © 1982 and Code of Conduct for the cleaning of chimneys. On completion of work, we issue a Certificate of Chimney Sweeping and recommend when future cleaning is necessary. We offer both traditional sweeping and the modern power-sweeping technique for either your chimney, twin wall flue system or flexible liner whilst using a high powered HEPA filtered industrial vacuum.
Depending on what your chimney is used for will ultimately depend on how often it should be swept and maintained. Whether you burn wood or coal and have either a oil, gas appliance or biomass boiler, they will all require regular maintenance and servicing to not only maximise performance levels and to prevent any potential future damage and build ups, but to also maintain the warranty of the appliance manufacturer.
Dangers of not cleaning a chimney
It is recommended that a chimney be swept on a yearly basis to keep it clean and well ventilated. If this is not done, fires and wood burning stoves can become hazardous. Fires are extremely dangerous and there are a lot of other things to consider if your home has an open fire or stove. Keeping your chimney swept will reduce the risk of a chimney fire or possible carbon monoxide poisoning. If your home catches fire as a result of a chimney fire, and it’s not been professionally swept, it may invalidate your house insurance! Some Insurance companies will no longer pay out for chimney fire damage unless the flue has been swept and maintained by a professional chimney sweep who can issue a valid certificate of sweeping recognised by the insurance companies themselves, such as the NACS Certificate of Chimney Sweeping that we issue.
It is commonly believed that only gas appliances produce carbon monoxide. All appliances that burn fuel produce carbon monoxide your solid fuel stove or open fire produce 100’s of times that of gas or oil appliances. This, and the risk of a chimney fire, is why it is important to have your chimney swept by a trained and competent person, after all no one wants to become a number on next year’s carbon monoxide or fire statistics. The number of chimney fires is increasing every year in the UK with as many as 32,000 homes in the a UK having a chimney fire in 2010. A significant number will be largely due to not getting the chimney swept often enough. Other contributing factors are:
- Burning fuel that is inappropriate for the appliance.
- Burning fuel with too high a moisture content (logs should be less than 20% water).
- Overnight burning / slumbering fire – please don’t do this, it can be dangerous and costly and is highly polluting.
- Unsuitable or inefficient stove or chimney.
If your chimney is clean it will not catch fire (there is nothing in it to burn!).
Carbon Monoxide Detectors & Fire Alarms
We supply & fit carbon monoxide detectors and fire / smoke alarms for clients throughout Manchester, Cheshire & Lancashire. All appliances that burn fuel produce carbon monoxide and your solid fuel stove or open fire produces 100’s of times more carbon monoxide than that of gas or oil appliances. Having the correct safety detectors & alarms is critical if you have any type of fire in your home.
Contact Us to discuss your requirements.