Do you cover my area?
I cover South East London, Bromley, Orpington, Sidcup and all towns and villages of the following Districts; Dartford, Gravesham, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells.
Why does my chimney need sweeping?
Sweeping your chimney will stop the build-up of tar and soot which reduces the risk of chimney fires. It will prevent blockages, such as bird's nests and prevent Carbon Monoxide poisoning.
How often should my chimney be swept?
This depends on the frequency of use and the fuel used:-
Wood: Once a year
Smokeless coal: At least once per year
Bitumous coal: Twice a year
Oil: Once a year
Gas: Once a year
Do I need a Carbon Monoxide alarm?
Yes. You must have a working Carbon Monoxide alarm in the room with the open fire / appliance. I would suggest you have one in the hallway and upstairs landing. If the chimney passes through an upstairs bedroom then you may wish to have one here as well. I can supply and fit or you can buy them from a DIY store or from Amazon. They are not expensive. Test them regularly.
How do I know if my chimney needs sweeping?
Look out for the following:-
Soot dropping into the fireplace.
Twigs / moss / grass dropping into fireplace (birds or squirrels may be building a nest)
Tar deposits visible in the chimney or stove as well as an unusual smell coming from the fireplace.
Draught or smoking problems with the chimney.
If you have just moved into a new home and are unsure when the chimney was last swept.
Considerations before the chimney is swept?
Please make sure the area in front of the fireplace is clear. Remove any hearth furniture and empty ashes from the grate.
What happens to the soot?
I can dispose of the soot myself or leave it with you.
Can I have a fire the night before the chimney is swept?
Yes, but please allow at least 12 hours for ash to cool down.
Rayburns, Agas and boilers should be turned off or put out at least 24 hours before the appointment.
What are your charges?
Standard sweep for stoves, Jetmaster, Agas and open fires: £60. Inglenook chimneys: £75. (Price includes a full sweep, smoke test and issuing a certificate approved by the Chimney Sweep Academy).
Bird’s nest removal: £50.
Discounts apply for booking multiple sweeps in the same location.