Chimney Sweeping and Nest Removal
Clean chimneys are safer chimneys!
For as little as £40, we can ensure your chimney is properly swept and safe to use.
Chimtec are accredited members of NACS (The National Association of Chimney Sweeps) and have been trained to the highest standards in order to provide you with a professional, friendly, clean and tidy sweeping service based in Colchester and covering much of Essex and Suffolk. All customers are issued with a NACS Certificate of Chimney Sweeping to certify that the chimney is clean and the appliance is safe to use.
NACS, many insurance companies and all fire brigades recommend sweeping at least once a year by an accredited, professional chimney sweep. Woodburning appliances such as woodburner/logburner stoves and AGA/Rayburn cooking ranges require more frequent chimney sweeping, due to the extra carbon deposits given off during combustion.
There are many risks associated with an unswept chimney. Burning any fuel will leave carbon deposits (soot) and in some cases tar (creosote) on the inside of your chimney or flue system, if left to build up for too long this can lead to:
- "Sootfall", much like an avalanche, soot cascades down the chimney and out of the fireplace, coating your living room and three piece suite in soot.
- Restriction/blockage of the flue, this can prevent gasses from properly evacuating, resulting in a room full of smoke, or worse, deadly carbon monoxide fumes inside the property.
- Chimney fires, under the right conditions soot or, more often, tar inside the flue can ignite causing smoke and fire damage to your property and potentially loss of life!
Cleaning, however is not the only reason for an annual visit. Our service includes a visual safety inspection of the appliance and chimney and any safety issues or necessary repairs are brought to the attention of the customer and noted on the certificate. This and any advice, is of course, free.
Contact us now if you would like to book a sweep or have any questions.
Bird nest removal
Bird nests, much like an unswept chimney, are a blockage and fire risk. Chimtec are properly trained and equipped for safe and tidy removal of nests. Once a nest is removed we advise having a bird guard cowl fitted as most birds will return to nest in the same place the following year.
Please note that we will not remove a live nest, it is not only unethical, but illegal to remove a nest with live birds, but feel free to contact us and we can arrange a future appointment outside of nesting season.
Contact us now if you need a nest removed or have any questions.