We tend to carry out this work from the early spring until the early autum months. This hopefully gives us the advantages with reduced risk of frost damaging the building work and hopefully better weather in general. The work we do covers the whole scope of stack work from resolving damp problems, repointing, chimney pot benching, height reduction, lead replacement and of course total rebuilds. When considering if you want a quote from us you should bear in mind the following.

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  • It is best to get a quote before this time period starts or in the early part of it if possible. This gives plenty of time for the work to be scheduled in and fit in with your diary requirements.

  • Most chimney work involves party walls and any relevant neighbours must be fully informed/ involved, with all live fires flues clearly indentified. 

  • We never invoice for skips and scaffold. We do not take commission on these and simply recommend companies and arrange for them to give you a quote. Of course we instruct the scaffold company as to what type of scaffold layout is required for the work involved.

  • We cannot guarantee to get a flue gas tight during any building work but we will endeavour to do so given our knowledge of chimneys. Of course for any live the chimney must be gas tight i.e. fumes must not pass into another chimney within the chimney system or directly into the building, it would be a carbon monoxide if fumes were to leak out. The chimneys could have leaks below the area we are working on. It is the same with any stack work. Should the chimney leak in the future lining the chimney for an open grate is very difficult and most people usually take out the fire and fit a stove instead since they run on smaller liner sizes.

  • We always render inside the chimney stack as we build up this produces a stronger structure and helps prevent leaking flues.

  • Any broken chimney pot will have to be replaced.

  • We usually quote for cowling chimney pots as an optional extra, with no fitting charge as we are working on the stack anyway.

  • Any rebuild quote covers down to the roofline and not below that point.

  • Sometimes it is possible to reuse the original external brick and a quote can include several options. Of course until the stack is opened up the condition is not known for certain and this work can result in some nasty surprises.

  • The quote usually covers a provision for chimney sweeping after the building work. Very often this will be at a reduced price.

  • We usually also quote for ventilating redundant/ blocked up chimneys or can advise if you want to do it yourself.

  • LEAD WORK. Any lead work is estimated for and not a fixed price. The price of lead can vary considerably and also we will try to reuse some if in a good enough condition. We usually use sprung stainless steel clips to hold the lead in place. For flashings and soakers we use code 4 lead which follows best practice, it is relatively thick, should last a long time and not move in high winds.

CHIMNEY REPAIRS AND CHIMNEY STACK WORK .

Telephone : 029 20577739
Mobile : 0789 4904659
Email : familylowe@talktalk.net
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Philip Lowe Cardiff Chimney Sweep t/a Fire and Flue Cardiff.