Chimney Lining Horror Story

Many householders living in older properties who are having a woodburner installed sensibly have their chimney’s lined. However, there are people who do not install these correctly! All new installations must be signed off by the local council building control officer or installed by a HETAS Approved Installer. Sadly there are some real rogues out there when it comes to people lining chimneys and one of our customer’s this week has been a victim of this. We swept a chimney with a liner and whilst doing so the customer advised us that she had had a bird down the chimney. On inspecting the pot from the ground a rusted piece of chicken wire was seen and we were asked to replace this with a stainless steel mesh birdguard.

Working with Ben Hughes of Ben Hughes Chimneys, from the ladder, he looked into the pot and observed that the birds had built a nest between the liner and the brick chimney. This space should have either been filled with insulation material or sealed to prevent this from happening. (Apologies for the photograph quality but we hope it gives you an idea.)

We are now obliged to wait until early July when Ben can remove the liner because there is a live Jackdaw chick at home. We will then sweep and remove the nest debris and the customer will have the liner reinstalled (assuming there was no damage to the liner when it was installed) and we will make sure it is secured correctly to prevent this happening again. 

Gap between the chimney and the liner where the nest has been built.

Gap between the chimney and the liner where the nest has been built.

Jackdaw chick in nest between pot and liner.

Jackdaw chick in nest between pot and liner.

Sadly, of course, the ‘victim’ of this scam is an elderly lady, living alone, who can’t find the paperwork from the original installer and, in any case, is nervous to take any action primarily as she doesn’t wish to have him back in the house.

Our plea to the British public – please think carefully before you have this type of work done. We recommend that you use a HETAS Approved Installer who will issue you with a certificate of installation. Keep all your receipts just in case there is a problem. HETAS want to hear of any HETAS Approved Installers who don’t come up to standard and will help you resolve these issues. Please be safe!

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