What happens when I come to sweep your chimney?
- Once you have booked an appointment I will turn up and introduce himself, with ID
- I carry out a visual stack inspection before I start, looking for any issues you may have.
- I will assess the job and advise you on my course of action.
- The whole process should take about 45 minutes to an hour.
- I will get the necessary equipment which I may need and then lay out his sheets, to prevent any mess.
- All my tools will be kept on my sheets ensuring that no mess is made.
- There are several techniques a chimney sweep can use and 99% of the time the chimney can be swept from the ground upwards.
- During the sweeping I will be wearing gloves and mask for my own protection & safety.
- Once I have sealed up the area and prevented any soot from escaping, I will then begin the sweeping, I will use my industrial HEPA vacuum cleaner which will be running throughout this whole process to prevent any small particles of soot escaping.
- Once the brush is out of the top, I will then ask you if you wish to have a look (Tradition says its good luck to see the brush out of the top of the chimney).
- I will then sweep the chimney or flue on the way back down as well.
- Once the rods and brushes are out, I will then begin to tidy up and make sure the whole area is nice and clean for you.
- If you have a wood burner (log burner), multi-fuel stove, AGA and Rayburn appliance I will begin a smoke test on it to make sure there are no leaks, this is done by heating up the stove & flue to create a draw and then a smoke pellet is put in to the stove and the doors closed. I will be looking for any visible leaks of smoke & making sure that when the upper and lower vents are open that the smoke circulates and escapes up the flue.
- Once this has all been done & everything is seen to be safe you will then be issued a job completion certificate.
If you do have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask me.
‘The Sweep Guy’