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4 frightening reasons why your chimney needs sweeping

You and your family could be seriously at risk if you do not arrange for an annual chimney sweep. Make an appointment today with James the Sweep.

If that sounds dramatic – please take some time and read these ‘4 frightening reasons’ why it’s true. Chimney sweeping isn’t about Mary Poppins songs and kissing a bride at weddings. Sweeping is a serious business, which protects you and your household, so that you can safely enjoy indoor fires. If you live in the Tunbridge Wells or nearby areas of Kent, or even as far as Crowborough – James the Sweep is your local chimney sweep. He knows all about stoves and chimney liners and all aspects of chimney care. Call him now on 07587 134589 and get some free advice.


The future of heating homes in Kent

Climate change is at the top of the political agenda on a global basis and what scientists are saying is worrying a lot of folk.

Kent is a county where people really do care about the environment and chimney sweeping is an important part of that. Perhaps that sounds strange because you’re read headlines about the Government banning woodburners (btw that’s not happening). Yet chimney sweeping is a professional trade which deters air pollution by keeping flues clean and effective. It helps the climate if you keep your chimney clean and make sure you burn fuel correctly. In fact, using your woodburner correctly will reduce the impact on air pollution by an incredible 80 per cent!


Remembering Maidstone’s ace pilot

It sounds like a respectable place for work, and it is – Corbin Business Park in Bearsted near Maidstone. James the Sweep is certainly familiar with the location, travelling past numerous times in his van, on the way to sweep the next chimney.

It’s easy to skip over the ‘Corbin’ part and not understand the significance. Corbin Business Park was named after a heroic wartime pilot from Maidstone, who was granted the freedom of the borough: Jimmy Corbin. His hard work as one of the ‘few’ fighting the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain helped to save the nation.


What is James the Sweep doing at the moment?

WHERE is James the Sweep – Master Chimney Sweep for Tunbridge Wells and nearby areas of Kent?

Meaning – where is he right now? Regular customers of James the Sweep will know the affectionate name given to his work van: ‘Sweepy’. And there have been reports that Sweepy has been spotted sweeping past various locations across the county: Tonbridge, Maidstone and the like. If you had an interactive map of Kent and James was fitted with a tracking device, you’d see Sweepy popping up in Pembury one day and then Orpington the next… it’s hard to keep up with him, at this time of year. 


Plan to keep safe on Fireworks Night – and enjoy it!

REMEMBER… remember… not only the 5th of November – but also to keep safe on Fireworks Night!

The big evening event is only a couple of weeks or so away (yes, hard to believe), and everyone gets excited at this time of year. Nothing quite beats the spectacular sight of fiery firework lights blazing across the orb, coloured in all sorts: yellow, red, orange, green; whizzing and popping, and ‘shhhushing’ and banging.


Another positive Google review for James the Sweep!

ANOTHER positive review has been left on Google recently by a respected customer of James the Sweep.

Nick Hayden, a Local Guide for Google reviews, was so pleased with the chimney sweeping service he received that he felt motivated to write a Five Star review – the highest possible rating. Nick kindly wrote: ‘Friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely worth using above all others’.


Blocked bends in chimneys

CHIMNEY flues don’t always go straight up from top to bottom. There can be corners and varying widths depending on the style of flue, era it was built in and material used in the construction.

The problem is that if your chimney flue has corners/bends there can be a blockage which is very difficult to clear. It’s certainly no job for a householder because specialised equipment is needed and experience in knowing what to do.


What is a ‘chimney flue technician’?

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IF YOU live in the wider Kent area – Tunbridge Wells and beyond – you’ll know that your local Master Chimney Sweep is James the Sweep. You may have also noticed that James is not only a Master Sweep but a ‘flue technician’.

What does being a ‘flue technician’ entail?


Gas – let’s take the threat seriously!

EVERYONE loves a warm and snug fire indoors when the colder weather arrives. 

That’s why James the Sweep is so busy at this time of year; sweeping chimneys for customers across Kent, from T Wells to Maidstone to Sevenoaks. He is the Master Sweep for the wider Kent region and with that comes a lot of responsibility, ensuring residents have chimneys which are clean enough and fit for purpose.


How much soot is in your chimney?

ANY glance at your chimney will tell you zero about how much soot is stuck inside the structure.

That’s the frustrating thing for householders. It’s not like breadcrumbs on the table left by the kids after a messy meal or dust hiding under the glass cabinet which you can hoover up in a moment.

All you can do is stare at your fireplace and then walk outside and stare at your chimney. And then make the typical comment, ‘Well, I’d better get that chimney swept’.


Discover the medieval chimney at Tonbridge Castle

KENT has many fascinating manor houses and castles to wet the appetite of residents and visitors alike to the garden of England.

Tunbridge Castle is such an impressive building, majestically dominating the friendly town of Tonbridge. And in the castle itself, with all its interesting history and artefacts, there is a structure which is surely the masterpiece for any visitor – the medieval chimney.


Book a sweep in time for Christmas!

Is it too early to mention the word, ‘Christmas’? Whoooops… slip of the brush. Why would we be talking about Santa Claus when we’re still trying our best to lap up the last few weeks of summer; enjoying ice creams when we can, heading to the beach and trying to ignore the fact that the Autumn term starts very soon, the kids are back at school – and colder weather is on the horizon.


Sweeping your own chimney is not recommended

THIS PHOTO gives an indication as to why sweeping your own chimney is probably not a good idea.

Isn’t that a contradiction? James the Sweep has published advice on how to sweep your own chimney – if you really want to do it.

Even so, things can go wrong! For a start, you need the right equipment. Not just a long-handled broom but a VERY long chimney brush with a brush that perfectly fits your chimney flue, to ensure every nook and cranny is cleared of soot. It’s hard work sweeping the chimney and a chimney camera will help you see if the job’s been a success. You may need get up on the roof to check things (is the cowl alright? What do you think?). Ah… birds’ nest. How will you deal with that? Or perhaps bats have taken up residence.


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!