The process involves a sweep, smoke test and certificate. I will also be checking the safety of the installation and in the case of woodstoves I will be doing a service and checking the condition of seals and bricks.
I will do a free CCTV inspection of your flue as part of the sweeping process. It is so important to know about any safety issues and how the chimney is performing. In most cases this a reassurance but occasionally it might be life saving.
The bird guards I fit are made of high quality Stainless Steel so they have a long life. For caps I generally use C-Caps made of solar-proof plastic with trickle vents and insect guards. I use safe working at height practices as required by my insurance.
If the bird is within reaching distance we can save the bird. Sometimes it may be possible to lift them on brush and rods where they are too high up to reach.
Hard to remove tertiary creosote or very heavily coated flues can be treated chemically. The treatment involves a power sweep, chemical sprayed by compressor and then another power sweep.
A pressure test known as a 'Type 1 Smoke Test' is a more accurate and involved measure of integrity of the flue than a smoke draw test. This test is a two man job and involves working at height.
Sometimes it is necessary to work out the route of a flue or find the exact point at which a fault is located. Using a sender and detector, I can mark the exact spot and save making holes in the wrong places.
There is no extra charge for power sweeping - it is either the most appropriate method of sweeping or not. This depends on flue type, deposits present and the condition, all identified by the CCTV inspection.
Julian provided a very friendly and professional service. He surveyed the inside of each chimney with the camera equipment he has on-board in order to report on its condition prior to sweeping and he took great care to ensure no dust or soot escaped. He was very knowledgeable in the subject matter and I have no hesitation in recommending his services.
Julian Raffe was recommended to me and I was not disappointed. Jules is the nicest, politest, most efficient chimney sweep I have ever met and not a speck of soot anywhere other than in the dustbin. A very thorough job which included climbing onto the roof to peer down the chimney and, as an unexpected but welcome result, an unsolicited and absolutely correct comment on the state of my roof which allowed me to get the appropriate expert in for repairs before a small bit of work became a real problem. Thank you.