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Plymouth Chimney Sweep Blog

A Series of Informative Articles by Vivid Clean Sweep

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Why Choose VIVID CLEAN SWEEP to Sweep Your Chimney?

June 22nd, 2017

Why choose Vivid Clean Sweep? We are Plymouth chimney sweeps with over 70 years experience in sweeping and maintaining chimneys. Vivid Clean Sweep is now in it's third generation of family run business, established way back in 1947. We cover Plymouth and surrounding areas up to a 30 mile radius.

Throughout the years we have seen and advised on all kind of problems from stoves burning the wrong fuel, to birds nesting in chimneys, cracks in the flue, and even a bees nest in a local chimney! 

We also have a wealth of experience of all types of chimneys and flue, lined and unlined, wood burners, open fires, stoves, Rayburns and Agas, Biomass boilers, oil fired boilers and more.

No job is too big or too small, we sweep all chimneys from tiny bungalows to monstrous commercial boilers.

Your safety is our priority so if we believe your fire or chimney to be dangerous we will advise you on the best course of action to make it safe. 

We will advise on all kinds of chimney work, referring on to trusted colleagues if the job is outside of our remit.

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Summer is the perfect time for your chimney sweep

July 1st, 2017

While you are enjoying your summer, you can relax knowing you are prepared for winter. English winters are notoriously bitterly cold, and it's our goal for all of our customers to be safe and warm. You can utilize the summer months when your fire (hopefully!) doesn't need to be lit, to benefit your property, your family and your home.

Sweep in the summer and avoid chimney odours

If you have already completed your spring cleaning, perhaps you have already had your chimney swept. If not, summer is a great time for this routine maintenance. When summer arrives with it's humid heat, the moisture in the air can mingle with a dirty chimney and create nasty odours. The soot and creosote left in your chimney flue, combined with negative pressure that allows the air to drop into the fireplace leads to a stinky experience. Your living space will begin to smell like your barbeque has been stored indoors! If you haven't already, now is the time to book your chimney sweep.

Give yourself time for repairs

When you schedule your routine chimney maintenance for the summer, give yourself time to make necessary repairs before the burning season.

The last thing you want to do is wait to light your fire to warm your home because you cannot get an appointment for your repairs to be carried out.

During your chimney sweep Vivid Clean Sweep will routinely look at your system and recognise any weaknesses or problems. We will advise on any issues that would benefit from attention and in the event of a serious fault we will condemn the chimney from further use until fixed.

Our customers safety is of the utmost importance. We would never suggest work should be carried out simply for us to earn a few quid, in fact repairs will rarely be carried out by ourselves; we would recommend you call our colleagues South West Fires and Flues.

Early detection can keep your family safer and lower fire risk dramatically. Giving yourself time in the summer for repairs is also easier on your wallet! You can plan ahead and put money aside if needed. 

Avoid the Autumn Rush

By scheduling your chimney sweep during the summer, you avoid the autumn rush. The autumn rush is the busy time between October and January when chimney sweep companies are most busy. At this time professional sweeps are busy with emergency calls, repairs, installations and inspections. It can be much harder to get a timely appointment. 

If you wait until autumn to book, you may be left in the cold while you wait for your appointment, or you may have to make do with a company with less experience.

Avoid the risk, the hassle, and the headache of the autumn rush, and book your appointment with the company you can trust.

Call VIVID CLEAN SWEEP now on 01752 404380 to book your chimney sweep.

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Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017 4th-10th September

September 3rd, 2017

Chimney Fire Safety Week was introduced in 2009 and aims to raise awareness of safe chimney use, including the importance of ensuring that chimneys are swept regularly, are clean and appropriate quality fuel is used.

The aim of Chimney Fire Safety Week is to reduce instances of chimney fires through raising awareness of safe chimney use, including the importance of ensuring that chimneys are swept regularly, are clean and appropriate quality fuel is used.

Whilst there was a reduction in nationwide chimney fires during the year April 2014-March 2015, there were still over 5,000 avoidable chimney fires. Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017 intends to reach out to consumers throughout the awareness week.


Ensure your chimney is swept regularly

Remind your friends and family to get theirs swept.

How often?

Chimneys should be swept according to the type of fuel being used:

Smokeless Fuels – at least once a year

Bituminous Coal – at least twice a year

Wood – quarterly when in use

Oil – once a year

Gas – once a year (refer to Gas Safe Register)

Things to consider

Keep chimneys, flues and appliances clean and well maintained

Be careful when using open fires to keep warm. Make sure you always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers

Ensure the fire is extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house

Never interrupt the air supply by blocking air vents or air bricks

Avoid slumbering an appliance (unless it has been tested as safe to do so). Slumber mode is when an appliance is purposely set at a low or minimum output normally for overnight burning to be revived in the morning without the need for relighting.

Chimneys that have been lined still require regular sweeping


Use the appropriate fuel for your appliance – some appliances will be suitable for wood only, some are multi-fuel – check your appliance instructions

Never store the fuel next to the appliance

When burning logs look for a fuel that is 20% moisture content or lower – source your fuel from an accredited supplier – visit Woodsure to find your local wood fuel supplier

Get a carbon monoxide alarm fitted in accordance with Building Regulations (and test regularly)

Last year over 200 people died in fires in the home. You’re at least 4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there’s no working smoke alarm.


Responsibilities for the maintenance of chimneys.

Renters and owners

Any person that uses flue appliances has a responsibility to maintain the appliance and flue. It is often stated that people should take reasonable care within the terms of household insurance policies and in the instance of thatched properties, the frequency of sweeping required is often specified by the insurers.


Landlords have a duty of care to their tenants and are required: To repair and keep in working order, any room heater and water heating equipment.

After a chimney fire

After a chimney fire has occurred it must be inspected thoroughly as soon as possible by a Certified Sweep before the chimney is used again. This is to ascertain if the rapid and dramatic changes of temperature, which would have occurred within the chimney, have caused any damage and also to determine the need for any remedial measures. It is imperative that the chimney is not used prior to inspection.