There are several ways that homeowners can regularly inspect their chimney and features such as flue liners for woodburners without needing to contact an authorised chimney sweeper, though a professional is advised in severe situations.
According to Cleaners Register, a new contemporary approach to chimney maintenance has introduced the use of an extendable brush that pushes up the flue from inside properties and alters its shape to adapt to chimneys of different sizes.
The website has also advised readers to pinpoint the spring season as the most opportune time for a chimney inspection. This time of year sees a reduction in demand for services and also provides an opportunity to eliminate creosote before the summer months.
Meanwhile, Kent Fire and Rescue Service has seen a considerable increase in chimney fires throughout the area and has advised residents to make sure their chimneys are "kept clean" and have "been recently swept" in order to improve chimney safety.