FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is it true that sweeping a chimney is really messy and will result in soot being put all over my home?
A clean sheet will be placed on the floor in front of the fireplace, dust sheets will then be placed over the fireplace while a powerful vacuum is placed behind the sheets. This prevents any soot entering the room. I will maintain respect for your home at all times.
If I have a stove does that mean I don’t have to sweep my chimney?
Stoves are usually more efficient than an open fire but they still produce soot, particularly if the air flow is shut down to cause a slower burn. The fuel is not burning at its optimum heat and can produce a lot of smoke and soot.
Should I just choose the cheapest chimney sweep because they all do the same job?
I offer a reliable, efficient and professional service. I am fully trained by the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps. An industry standard certificate is issued with every sweep and I will endeavour to answer any questions you may have.
Does a sweep have to go up on my roof to clean my chimney?
No, chimneys are swept from the fireplace and it is not necessary for me to go up onto your roof.
What if my upstairs chimney is connected to my downstairs chimney?
Your chimneys are nearly always separate and require individual sweeping
How often should my chimney be swept?
You should always try to sweep your chimney every year. Sweeping your chimney will prevent the build up of soot and therefore reduce the risk of a chimney fire.
When is the best time to have my chimney swept?
You should try to book for a sweep in early Spring or Summer. If you leave your chimney after a Winter unswept there is a danger of a soot fall which could make a mess of carpets or spread soot into your room. Chimney sweeps are often very busy in Autumn and Winter and can become booked up quite quickly.
What is the best type of wood to burn?
Try to use well seasoned wood to burn as dry wood will burn hotter and cleaner. The moisture in unseasoned wood will cause the acceleration of creosote build up.
What do I do if I have a bird’s nest in my chimney?
If you have a bird’s nest in your chimney it is advised you get the chimney swept, the nest removed and a bird guard fitted to prevent the birds returning. The chances are the bird is a rook or a jackdaw and will probably try to build another nest in your chimney the following year.
Do you use small children to sweep chimneys?
I can guarantee that no children will be used to sweep your chimney.