Sunday 8th July 2018 – Soot Falling Down Chimney, Because of Hot Weather?

I’ve noticed rumblings of soot falling down the chimney over the last few days. I’ve never experienced this before, and I’ve lived in my current house for several years.

I reassured myself early on that there wasn’t a bird down the chimney, as there was no flapping, cooing, or tweeting.

As this has coincided with the prolonged period of extremely hot weather. I have deduced that the extreme atmospheric dryness has loosened chunks of soot in my chimney (which I haven’t used for years, so it must be ancient, caked-on, soot).

I wasn’t particularly concerned until I noticed that fine soot had deposited around my gas fireplace. So I’ve vacuumed around it, and sealed up the fire with a plastic bag, taped into place.

My neighbours have been experiencing the same over the last few days, and were puzzled as to what was happening, until I discussed the matter with one of them yesterday.   I would strongly advise anyone that has experienced soot falling down the chimney to remove the soot before using the fire, otherwise there could be a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, or chimney catching fire.

About slowlyrotting

I am constantly having to deal with several different benefits issues. I've got Appeals and Tribunals coming out of my ears, and have pretty much lost any faith I ever had in the British Justice/Tribunals system. I've lost count of the formal complaints I've had to make. I've had numerous interactions with the DWP, HMRC, Birmingham City Council, etc for years, so I've literally got several hundred posts (maybe thousands) to compose for this website. I can't post them to here as quick or as often as I'd like to, for a variety of reasons. Over the last few years, I have endured a conveyor belt of shit decisions from HMCTS. The piss-poor postal services that HMCTS, HMRC, Birmingham City Council, the DWP, & CSA rely on (bulk printing and several different carriers), compound the ineptitude of these departments and agencies. I intend to go back years, eventually. But at this rate, I don't think I'll ever get to post everything I want to. You can see from what I've put up so far that I've got a lot of crap to deal with. I'm probably not even 1% or 2% done. I am slowly rotting....................
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