Tim Herman

07543 506652

I provide a clean, professional and friendly chimney sweeping service across Devon and Somerset, particularly in and around the Blackdown Hills. Whether you have a woodburning / multi-fuel stove, oil or gas fired appliance, or an open fire, it will require sweeping at least once a year.

  • Insurance approved certificates issued
  • Public liability to £5 million
  • CCTV inspections
  • Birds nests / blockages removed
  • Fire rope replaced /stoves serviced
  • Fire bricks replaced
  • Carbon monoxide alarms installed

Areas covered: Taunton, Wellington, Ilminster, Honiton, Cullompton, Axminster, Chard, Hemyock, Culmstock, Upottery and everywhere inbetween.

Insurance approved certificates issued:

Upon completion of the sweep, provided I am satisfied that the chimney and appliance  are in safe working order, I will issue a safety certificate which is a necessary compliance for your house insurance.

Public liability to £5million:

I can present relevant documentation on request.

CCTV inspections

I use equipment which produces high quality infra-red or colour images of the inside of your flue/steel liner. This can be invaluable in locating potential / current problems or simply checking there is no blockage left after the cleaning process.

Birds nests / blockages removed:

When birds have been nesting in a chimney, it can cause a huge blockage, consisting of several large bags of twigs, debris and general bird waste (to put it politely…). I will ensure every last trace is gone, confirming this by use of the camera equipment. Soot buildup can also cause a dangerous narrowing of the flue, sometimes requiring repeated sweeping and camera confirmation until it has been removed.

Fire rope replaced / stoves serviced:

I keep a large store of different diameter fire rope with me whilst out sweeping, and can replace any worn / missing rope where needed. Other servicing includes replacing cracked glass and other stove parts such as baffles and log guards. These will all need to be ordered in.

Fire bricks replaced:

Firebricks regularly deteriorate and fall apart over time. Some stoves have very specific shaped fire bricks which i can order and fit. I can also cut and replace more standard shaped fire bricks myself using high quality vermiculite board.

Carbon Monoxide alarms installed:

Landlords are required by regulation to fit a CO alarm on each storey of the property and in every room with a fuel burning appliance. For the low cost of a good quality alarm, it is highly worthwhile to ensure peace of mind in your household.

Pricing:

Prices can vary according to the type of appliance and nature of installation, but generally speaking a sweep will cost £50. Large inglenooks / open flues can cost a little more. Birds nest removal can cost up to £100 depending on the length of time it takes to safely remove the blockage. I will give discounts when there is multiple sweeps in the same property, or if you and your neighbours were to book a sweep on the same day.

Timings and requirements:

On average, a single sweep will take around an hour to complete, but please allow up to two hours for the process. Although i do my best to arrive at the allotted time, occasionally the previous sweep can take longer than expected and I’ll telephone to let you know. I will require access to a 240v socket nearby, and i’m happy to move any furniture to provide space for myself and the equipment in front of the fireplace.

We phoned The Blackdown Chimney Sweep and asked if he could fit us in a few days before Christmas. He came early the next day and ended up staying until after lunch as 6 bags of birds nest twigs came out of the chimney. Now the AGA and chimney work beautifully. Very grateful for the speedy service, professional job and well priced. Thank you!

Marcus and Rosie

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