As an absolute minimum – once a year. The vast majority of Home Insurance policies require annual sweeping of fires & stoves.
Soot and ash is acidic and highly flammable, damaging chimney brickwork and pointing, eroding metal flues prematurely leading to costly repairs.
Many appliance manufacturers now recommend to sweep twice a year to prolong the integrity of the unit and metal flues – e.g at the start of the winter heating season (before first use) and at the end of the winter heating season (after last use)
However, this depends on the frequency of use (regular use may require sweeping every 3 – 4 months) and the fuel you use:
It is incredibly important to maintain the proper function of your chimney / appliance through regular cleaning and maintenance:
Yes. Almost always, which is why I provide a NACS approved, insurance compliant certificate after completion of any service to show you’ve had your chimney professionally maintained at regular intervals.
Without evidence of regular maintenance, should there be an accident caused by an infrequently swept chimney, an insurance claim will almost certainly be rejected!
Chimney Sweeping is unregulated however, organisations exist which have professionalised the industry significantly. The longest running, largest, and most respected is the National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS) www.nacs.org.uk established in 1982. I am proud to be a trained, accredited and active member of the NACS – please view my profile here.
Things to Know & Consider:
I only use specialist, high-tech, modern equipment to ensure a superior service. Depending on your property, the age and condition of the chimney, usage, and appliance type I may choose to use manual or powered equipment. It can be difficult to give an exact time however:
Regular services – around 1 hr
Specialist services – around 1.5 hrs
Unlike some sweeps, to ensure there is sufficient time to complete a professional job, our appointment times are every 90mins.
I have appointments available every 90 mins from 9:30AM to 8PM
I accept both but as I use a mobile card-machine.
Immediate booking and secure payment (via Stripe) is enabled when booking on the website.
However, you can choose to pay cash/card on completion, on the booking form too.
As of 2022, the typical standard chimney sweep in the UK is about £80 although in London it is between £110 and £130. There are regional variations, too:
North West – £70 to £85
North East – £70 to £80
Central & South Midlands – £65 – £85
South West – £70 to £115
South East & London – £100 to £130
A great resource with more information & detail can be found here:
Captain Sweep considers itself to be one of the most professional sweeping service in the Bath, Bristol & N.E Somerset areas and the prices reflect this.
I’m trained by, and an approved member of the National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS) www.nacs.org.uk Registration Number 23/021. Founded in 1982 NACS is the UK’s largest and most respected chimney sweeping body.
We feature on Check a Trade as a ‘preferred service’ for Chimney Sweeping services in Bath & N.E Somerset http://www.checkatrade.com
Regular ‘Continued Professional Development’ (CPD) courses are completed to ensure that we are always expertly trained to the latest standards and industry requirements.
Absolutely! For complete piece of mind I have professional and personal liability insurance up to £1M
Not really. Although please look to remove ornaments from the hearth. Also, it’s helpful for us to have 4-6 ft walkway space to access the fireplace, and please also remove any ash from the fireplace/stove.
We always cover the area in front of the fireplace to ensure no mess or damage, and can use shoe covers as we have to wear safety shoes.
Please also make sure YOUR FIRE IS NOT LIT/IN USE. This has happened before!
A very common, and understandable question. The simple answer is, no there will be no mess.
After carefully masking the front of the fireplace/stove to we use state-of-the-art, specialist equipment to sweep the chimney and a high-powered (and very expensive!) HEPA vacuum to control the dust. We also completely cover a significant area in front of the hearth/fireplace to catch any stray particles.
We can wear shoe covers when in your property, too.
There are two types of stove appliance – Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel.
Wood Burning – you can burn well-seasoned wood and certain processed wood (e.g Lekto sawdust logs) so long as they’re labelled as suitable for use on a stove.
Multi-Fuel – you can burn all the above, as well as processed ‘Smokeless Fuel’. However, consider not burning ‘house coal’ as this can give off gases at low temperatures which can cause a flash explosion!
Do not use green (unseasoned) wood – incomplete combustion due to high levels of moisture creates significant amounts of smoke and resin to accumulate in your chimney/flue which is hard to remove even for an experienced sweep using the correct equipment.
Using green (unseasoned) wood results in incomplete combustion – due to high levels of moisture in the wood – and creates significant amounts of smoke and resin to accumulate in your chimney/flue. Other than the environmental impact, this sticky resin can damage your chimney and stove and is very hard to fully remove.
Of course, please do not burn anything which is obvious will harm the environment – plastics etc.
Booking Terms & Conditions
Data Protection Statement
We do not store or use your electronic data in any way. Our online booking service will automatically provide you with a booking confirmation, and you will receive a reminder email when your next sweep/service is due.
No transaction details are held by us as the online payment system is securely facilitated by Stripe https://stripe.com/gb and if you chose to ‘Pay on Completion’ by card, this transaction is facilitated by a mobile payment card reader where again, no data is stored.
We hold hard copy records of each sweep that we complete for 2 years before they are destroyed. This is an insurance requirement.