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How can you be sure your sweep has done a 'proper' job?

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.
Unsept gather and flue from an open fire.
After four passess of the brush and a vigorous hand-brushing
After four passess of the brush and a vigorous hand-brushing
Final result: a proper job!
Final result: a proper job!
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