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  • NACS registered chimney sweep covering south wales.
  • HETAS approved sweep.
  • Full liability insurance, domestic and
    commercial.
  • Nests removed, cowls sold and fitted.
  • NACS certificate issued with every sweep.
  • Every flue swept given a basic smoke test.
  • Building regulation checks on solid fuel
    appliances.
  • Chimney camera surveys carried out.
  • Pressure testing of flues available with 2 page NACS certificate. I have passed the relevant course for this.
  • Solid fuel HETAS registered installer/ engineer.
  • Fireplaces fitted.
  • Flexible liners and stoves fitted.
  • Twin wall insulated stainless steel multi fuel flues installed.
  • Hearths supplied at excellent prices.
  • Ceramic flue lining.
  • Carbon Monoxide detectors sold.
  • I offer a clean, convenient and reliable REGISTERED chimney sweeping service in South Wales. I cover an area encompassing Cardiff, the vale of Glamorgan, Caerphilly and Newport.
  • I carry full public liability insurance and use high quality equipment and materials.
  • I am happy to remove birds nests and other obstructions and will never charge you more than the maximum fee I quote for this work, no matter how long it takes!
  • If you require advice on chimney condition, new appliance installation and problems relating to you chimney/ fireplace, please feel free to ask. I am a HETAS registered installer and so am well qualified to offer such advice.

radyr stove 1.jpgArrow stove installed in an existing opening in Radyr. The stove was chosen because it is approved for smoke controlled zones and so can run on a 5 inch liner. The chimney already had a clay liner but a connection could not be made in a safe manner to the stove and a 6 inch liner would not down through the small clay liner.

 

hunter hawk caerleon.jpgHunter Hawk stove fitted in Caerleon. In this case the recess was not prepared by us but we can undertake this work. All work has a HETAS installation certificate issued against it and a plaque placed in the house as per building regulations.

 

REDUCE HEAT LOSS FROM YOUR BUILDING.

Fitting a ventilation cowl on top of your chimney pot will save you money by reducing the loss of heat from the building. The cowls reduce the air flow through the chimney to the minimum to keep the chimney dry. Of course they can only be fitted if you have a chimney pot.

 

 

DAMP IN CHIMNEYS.

I am getting a lot of calls about damp in chimneys at the moment so I thought I would list a few possible causes below.

  1. Defective chimney pot benching which is cracked and lets water in. The benching is the mortar around the pot itself.
  2. Defective pointing on the stack.
  3. Defective lead flashing and soakers. The soakers are the lead sections under the flashing.
  4. Years  of burning can lead to tar and salts build up in the chimney that leach into the structure. The salts are hydroscopic so they absorb moisture from the atmosphere, this can then spread into the plaster work.
  5. None ventilated chimneys. If a fire has been removed and the opening boarded up/ blocked up without fitting a vent then any damp that gets in the chimney has little chance of drying out. Of course for a vent to work then the chimney must be vented on top of the chimney stack as well. So if a slate has been placed over the top of the chimney then ideally the chimney should be vented with a chimney pot and ventilation cowl (see page on cowls). It is recommended that you do not fit a vent for the opening with a fly screen and/or a closure device. The fly screens tend to get blocked in the end and people close the vents! We ventilate redundant chimneys but is an easy job you can do yourselves. Incidently the ventilation can help prevent condensation on your windows.

Of course a large number of chimney stacks have had no work done on them since the house was built, is it any wonder that so many are giving problems now?

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Mrs R Victoria Park Cardiff - Philip turned up on time. The room was spotless afterwards and he was happy to give advice. He cleaned out plenty of soot and showed genuine concern.

 

Mrs. J Whitchurch Cardiff - Philip came round 2 hours after I rang. My wood burning stove had been smoking back the night before. He cleaned the flue and gave me advice on taking care of my wood to reduce the risk of further problems.nacs badge 1.jpg

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Hunter Kestrel 5 fitted in Llandough Cardiff.

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Aarrow Acorn 5 stove fitted in Cyncoed Cardiff. The stove was bought on line and the riven slate hearth with polished edges and expansion allowances supplied by us. The hearth size was specified just to cover the edges of the existing wood block floor.