Frequently Asked Questions…


Here’s a list of the usual questions I get asked, but if you have any queries that are not answered here, please contact me on 07762 334899 or use the enquiry form.

Why do I need my chimney swept?
Regular sweeping is vital to remove blockages and soot. This prevents fires and allows deadly combustion gases to be safely vented through the chimney.
Clean chimneys burn more efficiently, which will save you money, as well as helping to preserve the environment. 
Why choose an ICS sweep?
Anyone can set themselves up as a chimney sweep. If you choose an unregistered sweep, you are unlikely to be able to claim on your insurance for any damage caused by a chimney fire. After sweeping your chimney, Paul will issue you with a certificate recognised by all leading insurance companies.
If you hire Paul, you can be confident that you will receive a professional, courteous and conscientious service from a rigorously trained person, with the back-up of a professional body. ICS is the U.K.’s largest chimney sweeping organisation. Paul can test your chimney for faults and advise you on getting the best usage from your fire or stove.  
Will there be any mess?
No, Paul uses dust sheets to protect your hearth and carpet. 
What should I do to in advance of Paul's arrival?
Ensure the grate is clear of ash/fuel and move any items out of the way. Make sure it has had a chance to cool and any wood or coal is cleared out before Paul arrives.
How long does it take?
It will take approximately 30 minutes, as long as there are no obstructions e.g. a birds nest in the chimney. 
How much will it cost?
I charge £40 for open fires and £50 for wood/multi-fuel burning stoves and ray burns. These prices are based on straightforward sweep jobs. Any blockages or obstructions to remove from the chimney will incur an extra charge (depending on the severity and time it takes to clear). 
How often should I have my chimney swept?
Smokeless Coals: Once a year
Wood: Twice a year when in use
Bitumous Coal: Twice a year
Oil: Once a year
Gas: Once a year 

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