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Reducing the Risk of Chimney Fires

Hampshire fire and rescue service have recently put together a checklist of tips to help prevent chimney fires in the home. Here are some top tips to take from the list:

  • Sweeping the chimney before use if you do not use it on a regular basis
  • Use sparkguards to prevent serious property fire
  • Ensure you use a fireguard in front of the fire at all times
  • Extinguish the fire before leaving the house or going to bed
  • Never use petrol or Paraffin to light your fire

It is also recommended that your chimney is cleaned up to three times a year dependent on the type of fuel used.

If you are worried about a chimney in your home, contact the Roof Doctor to speak to the experts in chimney repairs.

Poor March weather

This winter has been particularly challenging with very strong winds, prolonged heavy rain and now the arrival of the Beast from the East bringing Siberian weather conditions to our shores.

Snow, ice, high winds and driving rain can cause havoc to your roof, damaging your chimney, making tiles slip or crack and allowing water to find its way into your home.

Each year at least 100 people are killed and hundreds more are severely injured from accidents involving falls from roofs. The majority have been trying to fix a leaking roof their self instead to calling for professional help.

One slip is all it takes to change someone’s life forever, don’t take a chance always call your local professional roofing company to repair your roof. For all your Roof repairs in Oxford call the Roof Doctor.

Asbestos removal

Absestos was first discovered thousands of years ago when people realised that it had amazing insulating properties when added to the clay used for making their pots. Gradually over time more and more applications were discovered and in the late 19th century and early 20th century large scale mining began to take advantage of this versatile material.

As a result asbestos was incorporated into many different building materials and products that needed insulation, but concerns were already being raised about its impact on health even before mass production started.

Houses built before 1999 may contain building materials containing asbestos, particularly insulation and roofing materials, so it is essential that when undertaking repairs or renovations on your property you choose an experienced and skilled tradesperson who will follow all the correct procedures for removal and disposal of any asbestos found.

Asbestos if contained does not represent a threat to health, the problems arise when the material is damaged, broken, torn or cut. This allows the tiny fibres to escape into the air, these can then be breathed in which can lead to chronic lung disease. It is a fact that the biggest danger construction workers face is that posed by asbestos removal.

Asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999, although other countries had taken action earlier and a worldwide ban was introduced in 2003. For more information on asbestos removal and Flat roof repairs in Oxford .

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