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By jacr, Dec 5 2014 05:12PM
I pride myself on taking the time to photograph the parts of the chimney system that I cannot see easily or say with any certainty whether it has been cleared 'properly'. You'll see three photos below the first two are of the unswept gather and flue and then how it looked after four passes with the rods and brushes and then also a good arm-waving with the sweeps 'insurance' brush.
It's often easy to see where, in the past, sweeps have pushed their brushes straight up the back wall and into the flue which has missed a fair bit of soot, which becomes burnt and turns to clinker which in turn attracts more soot.
So, this is why I always like to take a photographic record which I can show you (the customer)...I like to do a proper job :-)
Unsept gather and flue from an open fire.
After four passess of the brush and a vigorous hand-brushing
Final result: a proper job!
By jacr, Dec 1 2014 07:53PM
I have been to a few places that have told me that they've had a chimney fire in the past week or so. Generally, they seem to think that they're being very good calling the sweep in, but imagine it'll be a waste of time.
Even met a chap today (who was in the local fire service) who said that chimneys didn't need sweeping and having a fire would generally sort them out! I'd call it irresponsible and I know that many fire officers around the country would agree with me.
See below for the pictures of what I got out of them!
The rough surface of burnt soot attracts more soot and causes, guess what... more fire. Until, in the worst case scenario the flue becomes completely blocked with clinker (burnt soot)!
By jacr, Nov 28 2014 08:46AM
Recently had a couple of jobs sweeping and carrying out video inspection of chimney flues prior to installation of stoves for a regional initiative replacing open fires with more efficient means for heating.
Again, this work found me travelling a fair distance from Applecross; Portree to be exact! Still, I can only see the benfits in doing this work, after all, in the future these chimneys will all need to be swept again ;-)
One chimney obviously hadn't been swept for a wee while and when I had finished sweeping the soot was up to the top of the back boiler!
Good job it was a large square flue or there would have been some pretty serious fire action happening with this much soot!
By jacr, Nov 6 2014 01:52PM
Had a couple of jobs in the North of the Isle of Skye - Glenhinnisdal and Kilvaxter. It was a beautiful day, cold to start with, but blue skies, sunshine and virtually no wind meant that it felt nice to be travelling through such beautiful landscape. After a couple of chimneys at Glenhinnisdal it was onto Kilvaxter (North of Uigg). By the time I had finished there it was dark and I left the customer's at six o'clock. Even then it didn't register that the Strome by-pass would close at seven o'clock. Anyway, to cut a long story short, I got to the turn-off at five-minutes past seven, and the road was closed! Well, there was little to do, but call home, explain the situation and then start driving again.
At half-past eight I got to Inverness and, of course, it was bonfire night and the roads were chocka-block. It took half an hour to get from the leisure centre to the Kessock bridge! It then took a further hour and a three-quarters to get back to Applecross! The long way round!
Sweeping from the roof in Glenhinnisdal
By jacr, Oct 28 2014 08:05PM
The product of this local company, being a chimney sweep, is often soot ;-)
Although we do produce cleaner windows and chimneys we also produce neater and tidier gardens.
Andrew I hope these images are of high enough quality to print for your project - windiesweep.
Sweeping down (from the top) in Torridon. Sometimes, this is the only way w
Classic before shot up a brick-lined flue from an open fire.
The after shot of the same flue.