Todays NIACS Chimney Sweep specialist provides professional chimney sweeping as well as technical expertise for the safe operation and maintenance of chimneys, appliances and the installation of flue systems, stainless steel flexible liners and flue terminations. The National Association of Chimney Sweeps is in its 33rd year since its formation in 1982 as a professional trade association, with a current membership of over 30 members. NIACS promotes high standards for the sweeping, inspection and maintenance of chimneys. It is an active member of the European Federation of Chimney Sweeps(ESCHFOE). It is the national trade association in the UK to represent Chimney Sweeps and is exclusively recommended by all major fuel organisations – Solid Fuel Association, HETAS (Heating Equipment Testing & Approval Scheme), British Gas, OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association), National Fireplace Association.
All new Members must undertake compulsory training and on-site assessment and are also checked, prior to enrolment, for public liability insurance and all the necessary tools and adequate equipment to ensure the public is well protected by the services of a professional sweep. Our Members work strictly to the NIACS Code of Practice and Code of Conduct for the cleaning of chimneys. On completion of work, NIACS Sweeps issue a Certificate of Chimney Sweeping and recommend when future cleaning is necessary. . NIACS has also been instrumental, with other chimney related bodies, in helping set up the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Chimney Engineering. The NIACS Chimney Training Centre (CTC) facility is accredited by the CITB/City & Guilds. NIACS Sweeps stock a comprehensive range of different brushes and tools to tackle the vast variety of chimneys, flues and appliances they meet. Many Members also carry sophisticated equipment such as smoke generator machines and CCTV cameras for the testing and surveying of chimneys and for diagnosing chimney faults on new and existing flue installations.