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Certified Chimney Sweep

So, why should you only ever use a certified chimney sweep? Well, it may seem obvious to say that a competent chimney sweep will do the job well, but there is more to it than that. You may not realise it, but there is absolutely no requirement for a chimney sweep to be competent or to be a certified certified chimney sweep. Now, would you want a non-trained or non-qualified ‘mechanic’ to fix your car or carry out the annual MOT and service and risk your car being unroadworthy? Thought not! So, why would you enlist a non-qualified chimney sweep to carry out your annual chimney sweep and potentially result in your home insurance being nul and void and worse still, risk the safety of your home and family? Until comparatively recently, there wasn’t even a nationally recognised qualification for chimney sweeps, and it wasn’t until we as a firm took control of the situation and created one. Our first step was to create the City & Guilds qualification, and after that, we were asked by the government body who were looking at creating an NVQ in chimney sweeping to help them in setting up that qualification too. Eventually we … Continue reading

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Is your chimney leaking smoke into your home?

Is your chimney leaking smoke into your home? Did you know that chimneys in the CB1 and CB4 area tend to have the worst deterioration rate within a 25-mile radius of Cambridge? Chimneys over time disintegrate and can cause smoke to leak into your home, typically into bedrooms which is downright dangerous. Our 35 years’ experience maintaining chimneys within this area has enabled us to see first-hand local chimney trends and we’ve found in recent years that the deterioration of chimneys in the CB1 and CB4 area is much worse than other areas. Why do chimneys deteriorate? The soot, tar and creosote produced from burning wood or coal has acid in it.  This acid attacks the cement which hold the bricks together in the chimney stack and over time the cement disintegrates.  This leaves hundreds, if not thousands, of miniscule holes up and down your chimney.  If you look at the diagram, you can see that the partition wall in between the two flues is at most risk because it is being attacked on both sides by acid erosion.  This is why the inside of your chimney can be in poor condition while the outside is in good condition. Why is … Continue reading

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