The information on your certificate is given as part of the service provided by your Sweep. It is given in good faith, but as your Sweep can only carry out a brief visual inspection and has not investigated any inaccessible and/or concealed areas, the information must not be relied upon in any way. Chimneys are affected by the way they are used, the weather and many other conditions not known to your Sweep. If you have any safety concerns, please talk to your Sweep who will be delighted to do all he/she can to help. Therefore our chimney sweep cannot be held liable for any damage caused by sweeping the chimney. This is not a certificate of guarantee or warranty that any fireplace, heating appliance, boiler, flue or chimney stack is safe. Your Sweep cannot warrant that there are no potential defects in the flue or your chimney arising from fair wear and tear, wilful damage, accident, negligence by you or any third party, use otherwise as recommended by the manufacturer of the appliance, failure to follow the manufacturers instructions, or any alteration or repair carried out by you or any third party.
Method Statement / Risk Assessment
Our Method statement/Risk Assessment to ensure an effective and safe sweep:-
1- On arrival the floors and surrounding areas will be covered with clean dustsheets.
2- The method of sweeping will be ascertained to suit the type of chimney/flue to be swept
3- A visual inspection from ground level is made to ascertain if and what type of cowl is fitted to the chimney top.
4- The chimney opening is sealed to avoid soot ingress into the room with an soot cloth and tape
5- Vacuum cleaner is situ and running whilst sweep the flue
6- When sweeping is complete any soot and debris is removed and taken away.
7- The chimney is smoke tested to ensure effective up-draught.
8- A certificate will be issued which will include any recommendations required. This certificate, generally, will be required by house insurers.
Chimney Sweeping Methods
Traditional Rod and Brush
This system has been used since chimney sweeping began many years ago. A suitable size brush is chosen and rods are added until the brush passes through the chimney pot. The cleaning process is then carried out removing rods as each section is completed.
Rotary Power Sweep
This method is used with a rod click system and nylon strands used in combination with an 18v drill. Rods are added and spun using the drill one by one until the nylon brush is passed through the chimney pot. The cleaning process is then carried out spinning and removing rods as each section is completed.