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Stove Installation

 

Home-sweep are HETAS approved to install and commission the following;

 

• Dry systems including Wood Burners and Multi-fuel Stoves

• Flexible Steel Liners

• Rigid Chimney systems

In general terms, the life of a chimney should be in the region of 100 years, but this can be extended or reduced depending upon how well the chimney has been maintained, and the kind of fuel that has been burned throughout its lifetime.  It is not always necessary to line a chimney for a stove installation, but if a chimney is not to be lined, there are a number of basic procedures that must be followed. 

In the first instance, the chimney should be assessed and swept.  Once swept, the chimney can be pressure tested.  This should not be confused with a smoke test, which only provides an indication as to whether the chimney is clear, and the quality of the draw. 

In contrast, a smoke pressure test places the flue under pressure to determine if there are any defects in the flue that would allow the seepage of smoke, and therefore carbon monoxide, into adjacent flues, rooms or the loft.  Providing that the integrity of the flue is established, there is every likelihood that the chimney will not need lining.

In circumstances where there is seepage of gasses, or where the cross sectional area of the flue is particularly large in comparison to the diameter of the stove pipe, the chimney will need lining.

Where a stove is installed and the chimney is not lined, sweeping access and access to remove debris from the flue is essential.  This access can either be gained by hatches in the register plate (this is the plate that seals the chimney to prevent gasses escaping into the room), or by a soot door fitted either internally or externally depending upon the situation.  At Home Sweep, we use 3 mm galvanised steel register plates, powder coated black, and bolted to 30 mm angle iron.  In our opinion, this provides a substantial piece of fabrication, superior to other off-the-shelf products that are available.  The Soot doors fitted by Home-sweep are pre-fabricated from cast iron, fitted to a steel frame, and installed into the chimney.

Where a stove is installed in a lined chimney, the liner is swept through the appliance itself, and a bespoke closure plate, also fabricated from 3 mm galvanised steel and powder coated black, prevents the escape of gasses into the room.

All the materials used by Home-sweep are quality products and conform to BS Standards.  Liners and chimney systems vary in the manufacturing process, warranty, and therefore cost.  At Home-sweep, we will provide you with a number of alternatives to meet your individual circumstances and budget.

 

HETAS Certificate of Compliance

Customers using a HETAS Registered Installer in England and Wales will be given a HETAS Certificate of Compliance (Building Regulation Compliance Certificate) by the installer on the completion of installation work.  This is of vital importance in demonstrating that the installation was carried out by a competent installer working for a HETAS registered business and complies with the relevant Building Regulations. The information on the certificate is used to record your installation, and in England & Wales it is used to notify your Local Authority Building Control Department (LABC) of the work that was undertaken.  This ‘self-certification’ by competent registered installers takes the place of a Local Authority Building Notice which could cost you a significant amount of money; this can vary by region and the cost of the work being carried out.  The HETAS installer is charged a fee by HETAS for this service, but much less than the charges incurred if you seek a Building Notice via the Local Authority.  The information is required to validate household insurance and will be required by Solicitors in any home selling process.  Failure to notify the Local Authority can be an offence resulting in enforcement action being taken against the Householders and/or the installer, and could cost anything up to £5000. 

The HETAS Certificate of Compliance Building Regulation Compliance Certificate must be completed and signed only by the HETAS Registered Installer who undertook the work.  The white copy of the fully completed and signed Certificate must be returned to HETAS at the address shown at the bottom of the Certificate within 7 days of the completion date of the works.  HETAS then process the information provided on the Certificate for submission to the relevant Local Authority within 30 days of the completion of the works as required by the Building Regulations (a legal requirement).

If the Building Regulation Compliance Certificate is not provided, is not completed correctly, or the Certificate is returned late, then there will be no notification of the work to the Local Authority by HETAS.  This would in fact mean that the law has not been complied with and can cause difficulties when selling a property and potentially void a household insurance policy.  If you have not received a Building Regulation Compliance Certificate within a period of 30 days following an installation please follow the link to the HETAS Complaints Procedure.

Where a hearth, fireplace, flue or chimney is provided as part of the work, information essential to the correct application and use of these facilities should be permanently posted in the building.  A way of meeting this requirement is for the installer to provide a Notice (or Data) plate.  In addition customers should also receive an operating manual for the appliance that has been installed.

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