Chimney sweeping services – Kent & East Sussex
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Chimney sweeping cost?
James charges £60 for a standard chimney sweep – for wood-burners and open fires. This price includes the full chimney sweep, the fire and CO risk assessment, a chimney smoke test and an official certificate of chimney sweeping useful for household insurance.
Why should you get your chimney swept?
Over time your chimney naturally builds up a coating of creosote and if unswept this creosote can actually catch on fire. The resulting fire can be explosive and devastating to your property. Find out more about chimney fires.
A blocked chimney also means that the lethal carbon monoxide produced by your burning fire has no way to escape. Its only way out, is back down your chimney and into your house. Carbon monoxide gas is not called ‘the silent killer’ for nothing, with no smell, taste, or colour you have no way of knowing if you have been exposed to its very harmful effects. Find out more about carbon monoxide poisoning.
How often should you sweep your chimney?
The industry standard for chimney sweeping is HETAS and they recommend that you should have your chimney swept twice a year if you burn wood or house coal and once a year for smokeless fuels. Ideally you should have a sweep before you start using your stove or fire for the winter. For more information on chimney sweeping visit the HETAS website.
James explains, how to sweep a chimney?
- When James arrives, he usually has a friendly chat with you about your chimney and any issues you may have with it.
- James always lays clean dust sheets on the hearth and surrounding areas to protect your carpets and furnishings.
- Before starting the sweep, James will carry out a risk assessment of your wood-burner, open fire, gas stove or other appliance (e.g. Jetmaster fire, Aga flue). If needed, a CCTV chimney camera inspection can also be carried out.
- To make sure there are no problems with the draught of the indoor fire, a chimney smoke test is carried out.
- As part of James’s safety check of the chimney flue, he studies the flue structure and liner for any problems.
- James uses a combination of standard manual rods and chimney brushes and power sweeping tools for sweeping, depending on the condition of the chimney. James opts for Tamar brushes and Rodtech branded sweeping equipment, which are trusted across the wider solid fuel industry.
- The chimney clean will sweep away all flammable soot blockages from your chimney. Which if left unswept, would pose a serious risk of carbon monoxide poisoning or uncontrollable chimney fire.
- When the sweep is completed James will hoover the surrounding area with an industrial HEPA filter vacuum cleaner.
- James always leaves a customers’ home in a clean condition.
- When your chimney is clean and there are no other issues, James will issue you with a safety certificate. Find out more about chimney cleaning.
Repeat customers can book a chimney sweeping in advance. All repeat customers receive a text or a call to remind them about their sweep before the sweep date.
When can I book a sweep
James works 6 days a week Monday to Saturday, from 9 am until 5 pm. A sweep slot is usually around 1 hour long, so on average James does between 5 and 7 sweeps a day.
To book a sweep or get chimney sweep advice contact James the Sweep on 07587 134589.
How long does it take to sweep a chimney?
An average chimney sweeping takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete depending on:-
- The chimney’s condition.
- When it was last swept.
- If there are any blockages.
- The size and the complexity of the chimney setup.