Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need my chimney swept?

There are a few good reasons for getting your chimney swept. A clean chimney can protect your health. Breathing in fumes from gas or solid fuels can cause you serious damage. Cleaning your chimney ensures that the flue is clear allowing dangerous fumes to leave safely through the chimney.

Having your chimney swept will reduce the chances of chimney fires that can damage your chimney. Getting it swept will also avoid smoke damage to your room. If the fumes can't leave through your chimney it will enter your room which can damage decoration around your fireplace.

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How long does it take?

It usually takes half an hour to sweep each chimney. Occasionally I might experience a problem with the chimney because of its construction, which means it may take more time to sweep. Blockages (e.g. a bird’s nest) take longer to clear because of the amount of debris that has to be removed.

Where I know, or our customer suspects, there is a blockage I try to schedule this as the last appointment of the day to ensure any potential delay does not inconvenience our other customers.

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Why can’t you give me an exact time for my appointment?

When you book a visit, I give you a time slot of one hour. I may be caught in traffic, have had to work on a difficult chimney earlier in the day, or perhaps the homeowner was out when we called. I try to keep to schedule as far as is possible and will always let you know if we are likely to arrive outside the previously agreed appointment time.

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Do I need to be at home when the sweep calls?

I would like you to be available on the first occasion that I sweep your chimney so that I can discuss any problems with you, and check any sweeping problems that may have previously been encountered.

If necessary, I am happy for you to tell me where we can collect a key from, or you can ask a neighbour to let us in. If I have to drive any distance to collect a key I will do this with a small additional charge to cover the time and fuel.

I will happily work with you to make our service as convenient as possible.

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Will I need to cover the furniture?

My service is as clean as I can make it. I provide sheets that cover the fireplace opening and the area to the front of the fireplace, and I also use a commercial vacuum to keep dust to an absolute minimum.

When I remove a nest, however, I recommend that your furniture, television and carpets are covered. I will do our best to contain the debris but, until I start removing the nest, I cannot be sure of how big it is. The action of removing the nest means it is impossible to fully seal the fireplace and therefore further precautions need to be taken by the householder.

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What happens if you make a mess?

The worst thing that I can do when sweeping is to bring soot down the chimney and into the room. I am very experienced and take every precaution to prevent this. I have public liability insurance up to £2,000,000 so you can rest assured that, if an accident happens, you are fully covered.

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I’ve just lit my fire and it is smoking – does it need to be cleaned?

If it has been used but not been swept within the past 12 months, for safety it should be swept as soon as possible. If it has not been used since it was last swept, and the problem of birds nesting can be ruled out (if there is a cage or cowl on the chimney), it could be due to the cold or weather conditions. Please call me and I may be able to give advice on the appropriate action to be taken.

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