Like most trades, there is more to sweeping chimneys than meets the eye. But, in a nutshell I offer the following services:
Sweeping chimneys and flues. And I use the latest tools and
technologies (as well as traditional rods and brushes) to get the best
results for the job in hand. My sweeping equipment includes the
German-made Viper system — a continuous reel of flexible fibreglass,
with a brush attached to its head — ideal for flexible metal liners
connected to woodburners and the like. I also carry a suite of American-
made “power-sweeping” rods and brushes — guaranteed to give your
flue the most thorough sweep it has ever had.
Video inspection. It’s not always possible to discover what’s going on
inside a flue just by shining a torch, craning one’s neck, or having a peek
with a mirror. I always carry a video inspection camera, so that where
there are any unresolved questions about the state of the chimney/flue,
or possible blockages (eg: birds’ nests), I can send the 21st Century’s
answer to the “sweep’s boy” up the chimney — a video camera. And
what a useful tool it’s proven to be!
Re-roping woodburners / replacing gasket on soot doors. Woodburners
and similar appliances usually have gasket paper and/or rope to form air-
tight seals on doors. When they wear out (and they eventually do) it
becomes difficult to control the amount of air entering the appliance, and
thus the rate at which the fuel burns. I carry spare gasket rope and paper
and (for a modest fee) am able to re seal the doors.