Chimney Sweeping

We are a member of HETAS and Gas Safe.
Our sweeps have techniques for preventing as much dust as possible from escaping whilst sweeping the flue and pride ourselves on a high standard cleanliness in peoples homes.

Chimneys need to be swept in order to allow free passage of combustion gasses. Regular cleaning will remove soot and creosote, helping prevent dangerous chimney fires. Cleaning will also increase the efficiency of some appliances and any bird's nests, cobwebs and other blockages will be removed.

We will require a clear passage to the chimney and adequate space to work in. It is best to clear ornaments from the hearth and perhaps the mantelpiece. If you have been using the fireplace for solid fuel we would be grateful if you could clear the grate of any fuel or ash before we visit.

If having as gas fire installed, it is Gas Safe Regulations to have the chimney swept prior to installation of a new appliance. We would therefore need to book you in for a sweeping and testing of the chimney to BS5871 standards. In order to test the flue we need to check the flue through its entire length to the chimney terminal. We need to ensure that the flue does not leak into any rooms above or into any other flues with in the same chimney stack. If we do find any leaks then we would advise you of the remedial works required to bring the chimney up to standards. This will generally mean that the flue requires lining. The cost of lining depends on the length and diameter of the liner and scaffold requirements.

The Sweeping Service we offer

Sweeping of chimneys with brushes to clean the flue and remove blockages and birds nests. We also carry special viper rods for sweeping of lined chimneys.
Integrity testing of the flue to BS5871 for the installation of new gas appliances in accordance with building regulations all flues must be tested and certified.
Integrity testing to BS6461 for the installation of a solid fuel appliance.
Updraught testing to check the draw on a chimney and to calculate the maximum chamber size that can be obtained from the flue.
CCTV camera inspections to inform of hidden problems inside the chimney.
Chimney stack repairs and reflaunching.
Fitting of chimney pots
Fitting of Cowls
Fitting of chimney balloons.
Areas covered
We cover the whole of London, Greater London and we cover Home Counties.

Sweeping frequency:

Smokeless coals: At least once a year
Wood: Once a season when in use
Bituminous: Twice a year
Oil: Once a year
Gas: Once a year
Many people think that carbon monoxide only comes for gas appliances but the truth is hat any fuel that burns create carbon monoxide poisonings.

UK fire statistics show that every year over 31 thousand houses have chimney fires.

This will be largely due to not getting the chimney swept often enough or burning fuel that is inappropriate for the appliance and causing tar to build up in the chimney.

Most insurance companies will no longer pay out for claims made due to chimney fires unless the chimney has been swept by a professional chimney sweep and a valid certificate of sweeping issued that is recognised by insurance companies.

Also if the fire brigade is called out to a chimney fire and it is proven that the chimney has not been maintained the local council can bill you for the call out.

We get a lot of calls regarding birds nesting in chimneys so we recommend you have your chimney swept and a cowl fitted to stop this happening.



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