Once you’ve concluded that your chimney is in need of repair the need step is for you to find a company to carry out this work. Seemingly a simple task, but it only takes one wrong choice of company for you to put your property and yourself at risk. Here we help you understand what you should be looking for in a company in terms of price and quality for when you need your chimney repairing.
What to look out for when considering chimney repair?
Choosing a qualified craftsman is a crucial part of any chimney repair as the chimney is subject to strict building regulations. In terms of building regulations, chimneys have their own specific section called Document J: Combustion appliances and fuel storage systems. This document outlines exactly how a chimney needs to be installed and the requirements that have to be met. If a situation occurs where a chimney has not been properly installed, building regulators may judge that the property is now dangerous and subsequently unsuitable for occupation until the issue is resolved.
Many houses in the UK have chimneys which contain old brick masonry from when they were originally built. The issue with these chimneys is that over time through natural corrosion brickwork in these old Victorian or Georgian flues can collapse. If this happens the property is at risk of fumes such as carbon monoxide entering rooms and causing damage to the building and its occupants. Equally there could be an issue with debris or vermin falling into the chimney if it has not been used for a period of time. Pigeons will often nest in dry and warm chimney causing twigs and feathers to be left behind. Without the suitable protection in the flue, this can become a major issue. Because of this, if the individual working on the chimney uses the wrong components the chimney again can be condemned.
How much should it cost?
The cost can vary quite drastically depending on what is required for your chimney. There are a number of different issues that can affect how much you will have to pay. These can be things such as the type of chimney you have, the type of fuel it burns, the condition of the chimney, the parts needed for that specific type of chimney etc. You can quickly become very overwhelmed and confused over pricing which is why it is advisable to contact a number of reputable chimney sweeps or suppliers in your area. By receiving quotes from each as well as any advice you may need you will have a better idea of the kind of work that needs doing.
What should I be asking chimney repair companies?
It can be hard to know what questions you should be asking to ensure that you are getting a quality service and are in good hands. Here we have created a list of basic questions you should be asking when looking for the right company. A good company will happily offer answers to any of these questions and should not have any issue in finding an answer.
Can I be quoted a price before any work begins?
How long would the work take to complete?
Are you registered with NACs (National Association of Chimney Sweeps)
What type of chimney would you recommend for my home?
What are the benefits and drawbacks of the recommended chimney?
Is there anything about this work or about my chimney you feel I haven’t considered?
For further information and advice, contact Sooty & Sweeps today!