On arrival we will inspect your chimney externally to make sure it is suitable for sweeping. Some chimneys have incorrect cowls fitted or are capped off, some chimneys may have defects that could be dangerous if the chimney is swept such as damaged chimney pots.
Once we have confirmed that the chimney is suitable for sweeping, we will lay a floor runner from the front door through to the appliance, a large floor sheet is laid in front of the hearth or appliance for us to work from.
We would ask that prior to our arrival you remove items from around the appliance, making sure the mantel and hearth are clear, please also make sure that debris from previous fires has been removed.
The appliance is then screened and masked to prevent debris escaping into the room during the sweeping process. Throughout the sweeping process our HEPA filtered vacuum will be running removing swept debris and preventing it from entering the room.
We are able to undertake sweeping of open fires, Inglenooks, Woodburning stoves, Rayburns and Aga’s with varying Flues of masonry, concrete, clay and metal.
This is carried out with a variety of brush heads to suit different situations, the brush head is connected to rods that are pushed up the chimney and moved back and forth and twisted to carry out the sweeping, we tend to use this system on more delicate masonry chimneys and metal flues.
Rotary power sweeping
This is carried out again with a variety of heads to suit different situations, the brush head is connected to rods that are pushed up the chimney and moved back and forth however the bottom rod is connected to a battery drill that spins the rod and thus spins the head rather than it being twisted manually. In our opinion this method removes deposits from liners more efficiently and effectively than manual sweeping and this is the system we use whenever possible.
Removal of Blockages
Causes of blockages preventing smoke from going up the chimney or flue can be simple ones such as the incorrect cowl fitted to the top of the chimney pot, often chimneys when not in use are capped off and at a later date it is decided to start using the chimney again maybe after a change of ownership of the property, at this point the cowl used to cap the chimney off needs to be removed and can be replaced with a suitable cowl. We are able to undertake the fitting of varying types of cowls to suit different situations.
Bird’s nests are also a common cause of blockages in chimneys, we are able to undertake the removal of bird’s nests which sometimes can be a lengthy process dependant on the size of the nest.
Another cause of blockages is due to defective masonry or linings within the chimney, we can investigate this type of blockage by using CCTV and advise accordingly.
CCTV inspections and surveys
We have the equipment to be able to undertake CCTV inspections to determine the cause of blockages or investigate the condition of masonry or linings within the chimney. We are also able to undertake a full survey and provide a copy of the camera inspection and a written report.
On completion of the sweeping or inspection work, a smoke evacuation test is carried out to confirm that the flue is working correctly. The appliance and surround are vacuum cleaned to collect all debris. The screening material and floor sheets are removed leaving your room as we found it.
Once the work is complete we will issue our certificate of sweeping and any necessary advice.
Prices from ₤ 40.00 for basic sweep.