chimney sweeps

When should I sweep my chimney?

The Solid Fuel Association recommends your chimney should be swept at least once a year, preferably before the start of each heating season, and more often if you burn bituminous coal or wood.

Professionally Trained Chimney Sweeps

It is important to employ a qualified professionally trained sweep, such as a member of a recognised organisation as listed below. Their members provide coverage for most of the UK and are fully insured.

Many are also skilled to carry out appliance servicing and fitting chimney cowls etc. Some sweeps are registered with HETAS Ltd to undertake additional work such as fitting new heating appliances and chimney liners.

The SFA recommends you only employ the services of a qualified professional chimney sweep trained to carry out work to the highest standard. There are three main chimney sweeping bodies in the UK details of which can be found on the following websites together with details of their members in your area. Members of NACS and APICS are recognised as SFA Approved Chimney Sweeps.

Members of NACS, APICS and GUILD OF MASTER CHIMNEY SWEEPS are recognised as SFA Approved Chimney Sweeps


National Association
of Chimney Sweeps

The National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS) formed in 1982 as a professional Trade Association for the sweeping, inspection and maintenance of chimneys.


Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps

APICS is a friendly organisation, recognising that chimney sweeps are independent and should be allowed to get on with their daily work without interference.

Guild of
Master Sweeps

The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps was established to improve standards within the industry by introducing professional training and assessment for sweeps.

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