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Frequently asked questions


•What areas do you cover? We work throughout Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, & Leicestershire, Give us a call on 07594 125135 and Mr Clever Clean will be happy to inform you if Mr Clever Clean cover your area.

• How can I pay you? We are happy to accept Cash, Cheque's, Bank Transfers or Credit Card payments via PayPal.

• Are you insured? Yes Mr Clever Clean is fully insured for both product and public liability.

• Are my personal details safe with you? Yes, your personal details are never passed on to third parties.

• Do you work for residential and commercial customers? Yes, no job is too large or small for residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Why do I need my chimney sweeping?

Chimney sweeping is an age old profession introduced to remove soot from a chimney, initially using young children to climb the chimney and brush the soot or scrape tar from the walls. This was replaced by the use of rods and brushes in the early 18th century which are still used today.

In simple terms, the smoke that comes from a fire carries non combusted material such as carbon (soot). As smoke works its way up the flue carrying the soot, it deposits itself to the lining of the flue until eventually there is quite an even coating. Because the soot has not combusted, it is still flammable. Therefore it is important to remove it, to reduce the occurrence of a chimney fire.

Also, the more soot that is deposited on the wall of a flue will eventually reduce the size of it, making a fire or appliance burn less efficiently. This starts a spiralling circle, as the less efficient a fire is, it smokes more. This creates more soot and makes the fire even less efficient and so on until the flue gets completely blocked! This is more common in wood burners where a flue liner can be as small as 4” in diameter.

A chimney may be blocked by other means, such as a birds nest, builder’s rubble, animals or anything else that decides to reside in a nice warm place!! Sometimes this can be avoided by having a bird guard fitted, but if not, it is always advisable to have a chimney swept before the burning season in order to make sure the smoke can evacuate from the house efficiently via the chimney.

Picture of blocked chimney Picture of a newly swept chimney

Before sweeping (blocked) After sweeping (unblocked)

Chimney contaminated with tar Chimney blocked with a bird's nest

Heavily tarred & blocked flue Sparrows nest in wood burner

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is another reason why a chimney should be swept. A blocked or partially blocked flue could prevent fuel from combusting or gasses escaping properly, thus causing carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon Monoxide is colourless, odourless and tasteless so is very hard to detect.

It is highly recommended that a carbon monoxide detector is fitted in your house to prevent illness, or in the worst case scenario death. Please click here for further information

How often should a chimney be swept ?

In accordance with the National Association of Chimney Sweeps along with Hampshire Fire and Rescue service, a chimney should be swept as detailed below:-

Type of Appliance Chimney Sweeping Frequency

Solid Fuel Appliances  Swept once per year for smokeless fuel and twice per year for coal

Wood Burning Appliances  Swept every three months when in use

Gas Appliances  Once every year if designed for sweeping

Oil Fired Appliances  Once per year