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Chimney pots and stacks

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I get my chimney swept?

Your chimney or flue needs to be swept once a year as a bare minimum, unless a problem arises. If the fire is the main heat source within your home, it needs to be swept at least every 6 months.

Do I need to prepare before a sweep?

I recommend that the entrance to the property or building and the area around the chimney or flue are cleared before I arrive. Valuables and delicates close to the fireplace or log burner should be removed.

How long does a chimney sweep take?

A routine sweep usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the type, length and condition of the chimney, and of course how everything goes on the day!

Will there be lots of mess?

No, I use preventative dust control measures to ensure there is no mess. All soot from the chimney is contained and sealed behind sheets, which are fixed on carefully with magnets and/or tape to secure a tight, custom fit while the sweep takes place. Floor protection is placed around the workspace to prevent stains and damage. This combination ensures that dirt and dust does not escape into the surrounding living areas of your home.

What happens during a smoke test?


Perran Cousins
Three Shires Chimney Services


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To find out more about what you can expect when I sweep your chimney, please visit our frequently asked questions page.

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