The practice of chimney sweeping shall be deemed to be the passing
of an adequate sized and strength brush, appropriate to the diameter of
the chimney and flue used, through the complete length of the chimney.
The brush may be put through by rods, viper and star, a line and
weights, or Rotary Sweeping equipment.
There is no acceptable method of cleaning a chimney using a vacuum cleaner only.
A Chimney Sweep must ensure that they carry a sufficient number of
rods / line and weights or viper to ensure that the brush will pass the
length of the chimney or flue completely.
Chimneys should be swept thoroughly with a brush or cleaning
implement that is suitable to remove the products of combustion within
Before any sweeping commences, the immediate floor area and
fireplace opening/appliance and/or any access points must be protected
using suitable sealing methods, such as sheeting and foam blocks, to
keep mess to the absolute minimum before and during the sweeping
All Chimney Sweeps must check there is adequate ventilation and
carbon monoxide alarms in all the rooms containing the flues and
appliances they have worked on, as defined in Document J (Current
All problems and faults found during sweeping shall be made known to
the person with whom the sweeping contract is made, property owner, or
the operative of the appliance. All such problems and faults relating to
the chimney or heating appliances shall be put in writing.
All Chimney Sweeps will endeavour to carry out a visual inspection
of chimney stacks and flue terminations prior to the cleaning of such
flues and appliances.
The Chimney Sweep must not undertake work on any chimney or
appliance that is deemed unsafe or dangerous (in accordance with the
current Health and Safety at Work Act). Evidence of the defect will be
put in writing.
Frequency will depend on a number of factors which include the type
of fuel used, appliance, duration of use, moisture content of wood fuel,
and the type of chimney you have. Your Chimney Sweep will be able to
advise on the sweeping frequency during the appointment. The sweeping
frequencies below are for guidance purposes only:-