Chimney Sweep Blog for Marple, Stockport and Greater Manchester
This page features details of NACS Registered Professional Chimney Sweep David Qualter's chimney sweeping jobs in and around Marple, Stockport and Greater Manchester.
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Sweeping four Chimneys in Hazel Grove, Stockport
Chimney sweeping in Hazel Grove today. My first customer wanted all four of his chimneys sweeping so I provided a decent discount to account for the reduced travel involved. It's a good idea to get all your chimneys cleaned periodically even if you use them infrequently.
Spring is a great time to get your chimneys swept and you could get a discount too!
A good time to do this is in spring or summer when us chimney sweeps are not mad busy (lets hope that spring is not far away!) Use our Marple Chimney Sweep Service when you need a Chimney Sweep in Hazel Grove in Stockport.
Chimney Sweeping in Didsbury and Chimney Sweeping in Chorlton today
Over to Didsbury and Chorlton today to undertake chimney sweeps. I carried out a 'sealed smoke test' after doing the first chimney sweep in Didsbury. Before fitting a stove, or indeed any appliance, or converting from a gas fire to an open fire for example, it is essential to have the chimney swept and undertake a proper sealed smoke test to check whether the chimney is in a sound state free from leaks. The way of carrying out the test is to cap the chimney at the top and then seal the fireplace opening before placing 3 or 4 smoke pellets in the chamber. The task then is to check the loft and each floor to see if the smoke is leaking out where it should not be.
A draw test or a sealed test are two things a chimney sweep can do for you
Some people mistake a 'draw test' for a 'sealed test'. A draw test is simply to check that the flue is not blocked and the chimney is drawing OK. A draw test is carried out by me after each sweep but a sealed test can also be arranged.
Chimney Sweeping in High Lane and Disley reveals bags of soot!
Chimney sweep jobs in and around High Lane and Disley in Cheshire today.
One customer had an inset gas fire which had been condemned by a Gas Safe Engineer. I arranged for the gas fire to be taken out to enable me to check the flue and discovered that the chimney was completely full of soot and twigs. Sweeping the chimney resulted in three full bags of soot and debris.
A chimney blockage can be very dangerous with a gas fire or real fire stove
I advised the customer to have a bird guard fitted to the chimney and arranged for this to be done. Often, especially when inset gas fires are fitted, the chimney has either not been swept out first or a proper bird guard or gas cowl has not been installed. A chimney blockage with a gas fire can be just as dangerous as one in a real fire, wood or multifuel stove, so get your checked if you want to keep your home safe.
Closer to home sweeping chimneys in Marple and Mellor today
A very cold day to be chimney sweeping today. Five jobs in and around Marple and Mellor. When I have swept the chimney I always carry out a smoke draw test. This tests the draw of the chimney and will usually confirm that there are no blockages (although this will usually be discovered once the brush appears above the pot!).
Sometimes an anti-down-draft cowl needs to be fitted to your chimney
In one house situated in a low valley surrounded by hills, the smoke poured back inside. This can often be the case and is caused by a down-draft being created by the geography of the area, or sometimes due to taller buildings next to the property. The solution is usually found by fitting an 'anti-down-draft' cowl onto the chimney pot.
Marple Chimney Sweep in the Four Heatons, Stockport
Chimney sweeping in the Heaton Moor and Heaton Chapel areas today. The first customer complained of a strange 'scuttling' sound above the stove in the chimney. After taking off the access plate I found that a bird had somehow managed to get stuck in the bottom of the chimney and had been there for 2- 3 days. The bird soon overcome the shock after being released and flew off.
Fitting a bird guard to your chimney can save you a whole load of trouble!
With nesting season approaching it is advisable to have a bird guard fitted to prevent nesting, which can present very serious problems including blockage and potential carbon monoxide poisoning. It is illegal to disturb a nest if there are eggs or chicks so you can end up without a fire and with unwanted squatters for a couple of months!