Power sweeping is the modern way to sweep most open fires, chimneys, flues, stoves and other appliances. The Rodtech system I use is powered by a drill to spin the cleaning head (brush) within the flue. As well as providing a superior clean, it also manages to be gentle to the lining of your flue.
Traditional manual sweeping
Sometimes a period property requires a traditional manual sweep. I have a range of sweep heads from stiff brushes to soft "mole" heads to suit all eventualities. I can do a bad cockney accent at a push - just don't ask me to sing "Chim Chiminey" or dance "Step In Time"!
My portable HD camera kit is ideal for checking the inside of chimneys and flue liners. I can take still or video images to help diagnose any issues and suggest the best course of action.
Chimneys should be swept at least once a year to reduce the build up of soot & clear any blockages. Your appliance will operate more efficiently and burn cleaner. You will reduce the risk of fumes escaping into your property and reduce your chances of experiencing a chimney fire. Most insurance companies require a chimney that is in use to be swept annually as a part of their terms and conditions. Some flue liner manufacturers also require proof of sweeping to preserve their guarantee.
A service you can trust
I am a member of NACS trade association
I am trained and supported by NACS and work to their code of practice
Certificate of sweeping issued on completion of work
Public Liability Insurance cover
"I have discovered the secret of happiness - it is work, either with the hands or the head. The moment I have something to do, the draughts are open and my chimney draws, and I am happy"
The Answers You Need
Do I need to do anything to prepare for my chimney being swept?
The appliance needs to be cold so make sure there are no smouldering embers from the night before. Remove any ornaments from the hearth and try to clear a space in front of the fireplace so I have room to work.
Will you be able to sweep my flue?
Most fireplaces, stoves, lined flues (internal and external) and inglenooks can be swept but please let me know if you know you have an appliance or flue with access that is difficult or unusual. Also, inform me if you have known problems with your fire such as bad draw or a nest in the chimney.
Should I offer you a cup of tea or coffee?
Only if you want to, though sweeping is thirsty work and I need to keep hydrated (especially in the summer months when a glass of water can make all the difference).
Just for the record....it's milk with no sugar!
Get in touch
My chimney sweeping rates start from £50. For more information or to book an appointment, please get in touch with me today.