Back to work… slowly!
James the Sweep has returned… slowly because of the Covid-19 pandemic… back to work this past week.
James has been the Master Chimney Sweep for Royal Tunbridge Wells for the past 20 years and it’s been a real joy to get back to the work he loves: sweeping chimneys and keeping consumers safe from the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and uncontrolled chimney fires.
It’s been lovely seeing customers again, many of whom have known James for a long time. This virus has been a worrying time and it’s a relief getting back to a sense of normality (although we’re far from things being completely normal yet). James loves nothing better than pottering around the countryside towns and villages of Kent, from T Wells to Sevenoaks to Maidstone to Orpington and beyond – calling on customers in his van (Ol’ Sweepy) and sweeping chimneys.
That’s not to say James has swept right into the work. This highly unusual situation with the pandemic means that we need to tread carefully. James is painstakingly careful to wear the correct protective equipment: mask, gloves, etc. for the peace of mind of customers.
What does the future hold? We don’t know but one thing is clear: people need clean chimneys to use woodburners efficiently and safely. That’s why it’s important to book ahead. Call James on 07587 134589 to discuss your chimney sweeping needs.
Meanwhile, please remember these ABC tips to keep safe using your indoor fire:-
- Make sure you have a working Carbon Monoxide alarm and smoke detector. Buy them direct from a supplier and to the standard EN 50291. Test the alarm once per week to make sure it is working but remember that a CO alarm in itself won’t protect you. Don’t over-rely on it!
- If you notice any strange smells or problems with smoke draw OR it’s a long time since the chimney was last swept OR you’ve just moved house – call James the Sweep immediately (07587 134589) to talk about chimney safety.
- If you’re feeling unsure about how to use your wood burning stove, read these handy tips by James the Sweep.
- Don’t use wet wood for your fire. Wood should be dry preferably kept outside in a protected wood store, which has been raised from the ground for ventilation.
- Book regular chimney sweep appointments with James the Sweep so that your household can enjoy indoor fires safely without the deadly risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires.
Any questions? Remember this is the number to call: 07587 134589. James the Sweep looks after customers in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Southborough, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Hadlow, Pembury, Paddock Wood, Orpington and Crowborough.