Chimney sweeping that’s clean and tidy
‘No mess, no fuss’ – you’ve heard that saying before. But it’s true when it comes to chimney sweeping services provided by James the Sweep to customers in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Southborough and further parts of Kent.
The thought of a sooty chimney sweep knocking on the door can fill some tidy householders with dread. Perish the thought that the sweep’s hands may touch the pristine doors or smart furniture. Or a sooty shoe may trample across the white rug resulting in a massive clean-up op once the chimney flue is swept.
Never underestimate the dangers of carbon monoxide
CARBON monoxide is often mentioned by James the Sweep and that’s because too many people are not taking the dangers of CO seriously.
It sounds abstract to say that there is a ‘danger in your home’ as thought CO was a bogeyman waiting to pounce.
Yet the simple facts are that about 60 people in the UK die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Don’t forget to get your chimney swept before Autumn!
Summer is still here and everyone is trying their best to get a bit of a holiday before the seasons change.
We all know what it means when the wind picks up and suddenly brown leaves are scuttling down our street. We look out the window and see that the nearby trees have lost their sunny summer aura. There’s something fresh but also vulnerable about the surroundings of nature at this time.
Why James loves sweeping in Southborough
SOUTHBOROUGH is a town where there’s always something happening and that’s why James loves his role as master chimney sweep in the local area.
Kentish towns in general have a relaxed atmosphere, no doubt due to the beautiful natural environment in which people live. Southborough has that aspect but an extra plus-point when it comes to dynamic interaction in the community itself.
Chimney fire in Tunbridge Wells
CHIMNEY fires should never ever happen – but they do and that’s an ongoing tragedy.
Why? Because regular chimney inspections and sweeping prevents the fires happening in the first place.
If you live in the counties of Kent and East Sussex (Tunbridge Wells to Crowborough) then James the Sweep is ready to both inspect and sweep your chimney for you. He is a highly trained and experienced chimney sweep and flue technician. It makes sense to call James (07587 134589).
Brexit… Boris… is your head spinning?
BREXIT… Boris… your head is probably spinning right now with all the things happening in the political scene.
Nobody knows what will happen with the Brexit question: deal or no deal, referendum or no referendum – it’s pretty wild out there in the Westminster circus. We can sense the pandemonium of politics here in the hideaway paradise that is Kent.
7 reasons to book a chimney sweep right now!
HERE are 7 reasons why you should book a chimney sweeping appointment with James the Sweep right now!
BBQ tips from your local sweep
HOT weather equals barbie time. And that doesn’t mean get your dollies out of the cupboard to play with them – we’re talking, of course, about hot, sizzling delicious barbecues.
Before you get the tongs out and pile-up the fridge with stacks of burgers, bangers, steaks and bananas (an acquired taste but nothing beats the sweetness of a chargrilled banana) – put in some time for prep work.
Brexit blues – what can you afford?
‘AFFORDABLE’ – we all love that word. Everyone likes a good bargain? Why pay more when you can pay less, etc?
It’s particularly important in the current financial climate where everyone’s a tad nervous about Brexit. We don’t know what will happen and so it makes sense to keep a tighter control of the purse strings.
5 interesting facts about James – your chimney sweep!
James the Sweep – the Master Chimney Sweep for Tunbridge Wells and nearby areas such as Tonbridge and Southborough. You’ve heard about him often enough and he is a well-known friendly face for many people across towns and villages in the county of Kent (and nearby East Sussex, for that matter).
James has been sweeping chimneys for Kentish homes and local business premises for more than 20 years. He’s had a very colourful life too and below you will find 5 very interesting facts that you didn’t know about James Hughes aka James the Sweep.
What to do if a bird’s nest is in your chimney
NO DOUBT you will be out-and-about enjoying the sunshine now that the summer months are here.
That’s also when you start notice things needing to be fixed in the garden or to the outside of your house: cutting the hedge, weeding out the flower beds, repointing the cement in the wall, putting tiles back in place….and what about that chimney?
If you notice any issues with your chimney such as damaged brickwork or the chimney pot or cowl looks odd – just ask James the Sweep for an opinion.
Yet there’s another issue which tends to come along this time of year and it does require an expert hand to deal with the problem: a bird’s nest in your chimney. At the top, to be precise.
Birds tend to like to feather their nest at the top of chimneys, especially jackdaws. But the problem is that this can damage your building structure. The last thing you want is bits of brickwork tumbling down the flue and into the fireplace.
And if you have a cowl or pot fitted, you won’t want a bird to damage it because that runs the risk of letting damp getting into your building.
What can you do then? Simply ask James the Sweep to deal with the problem.
There are special laws surrounding the removal of birds’ nests, which a qualified and experienced master sweep – such as James – is informed about. The removal of the nest itself also requires a head for heights and a delicate hand so that no damage will be caused. The chimney will also need to be reviewed and swept after the removal of any debris.
In summary, it’s a job for a true professional! Take the worry out of your day if you notice a bird’s nest at the top of your chimney. Phone 07587 134589 for a quotation. Standard charges for removing a bird’s nest cost only £100 for the first hour and then £60 per hour thereafter if the work is complex. Please also note that the bird’s nest is to be disposed by the customer.
Maidstone Zoo: a recap on history
MAIDSTONE and its surrounding area is rich in history and if there’s a place proving the fact – it has to be Cobtree Manor Park, which is the site of the former Maidstone Zoo, the largest private zoo of its time.
The dinosaur found near Southborough – some facts
Southborough is the sort of place where there’s always something interesting happening and that’s been a fact about the town for many years.
James the Sweep has been sweeping chimneys in Southborough for 20 years – and he’s firmly established as the town’s master sweep. If residents need a chimney swept, it’s always James who is called because he is reliable, professional and affordable. He’s known as the ‘Southborough chimney sweep’ and it’s as simple as that.
How to use your wood burning stove
CUSTOMERS will often ask James the Sweep for sound advice about how to get the best use out of the wood burning stove.
It’s a typical question that James encounters whenever he is sweeping chimneys in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Southborough, Maidstone and the like.
If you would like some simple ABC pointers, do take time to read the info below. Remember too the basic rule that burning wood with a moisture content of 20 per cent or less (test it to see) and at a higher temperature will ensure you maximise the use of your fuel, save you money and also have a better effect on the environment.
Tunbridge Wells is a properly ‘Royal’ place!
IT HAPPENS often that James the Sweep gets called ‘Sir’ when he pops into his favourite newsagent in Royal Tunbridge Wells to buy his favourite chocolate bar (milk choc with a caramel centre, in case you’re wondering).
Nothing unusual about that, on the face of it. But it makes James twirl his brush for two very good reasons:  Everyone is polite in T Wells and that’s wonderful and  T Wells is so closely associated with Royalty… Lords… Ladies… ‘Sirs’… that James is never sure if the newsagent believes the town’s master sweep is, in fact, one of the landed gentry.
Is your woodburner polluting?
WOODBURNERS have been given a very bad press in the media since Defra’s Clean Air Strategy was published in January.
It’s become a misleading notion that wood stoves will be banned by the Government in the future. That is NOT true. Defra is certainly concerned about air pollution but the Government has been so – so – clear that householders will still be allowed to have woodburners.
James the Sweep is ridiculously affordable!
EVERYONE loves a good bargain and especially when it comes to fixing things around the home.
That’s why James the Sweep offers to sweep chimneys at a very reasonable rate indeed. In fact, we get enquiries all the time asking about the costs. People can’t always believe it and we’ve even had customers telling James that it’s about time he raised his fee. That sounds like absolute nonsensical marketing spin – but it’s true! Don’t forget that many of James the Sweep’s customers have been calling upon him to sweep chimneys for many years. They know him and he knows them.
The Chimney Sweep to call upon
James the Sweep is the Master Sweep to call upon if your chimney needs sweeping and you live in the wider Kent and East Sussex area. Chimney sweeps have their own geographical locations in which they look after customers. James sweeps chimneys in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Maidstone, Pembury, Paddock Wood, Crowborough, Hadlow, Orpington, Southborough and the nearby areas.
5 reasons to employ the chimney sweeping services of James the Sweep
James the Sweep is the top rated chimney sweep in Kent and East Sussex. He’s been sweeping chimneys in the local area for at least 20 years and built up a solid reputation as a reliable, professional chimney technician. James is a member of the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps.
Here are five reasons why it makes sense to employ the services of James the Sweep:-
Air pollution and woodburners: some home truths
‘WOODBURNERS will be banned’ – you’ve definitely seen headlines like these in the media in recent months.
And why not? Nothing beats a bit of sensationalism for a newspaper to sell a few more copies. Even if the headline isn’t telling the truth.