The Guild of Master Sweeps

The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps is a co-operative organization for professional chimney sweeps. Our members have met strict criteria and follow the highest standards in the industry. Expert training, mentoring and ongoing education, along with the most modern equipment, mean that Guild sweeps can always provide a professional service.

We Are Experts In All Chimney Works From Sweeping Chimneys Two Fitting Wood Burning Stoves By Our Hetas Engineers, We Can Fit Chimney Cowls To Help With The Draw Of Your Chimney And Bird Guards To Keep The Jackdaws Out As Well As Rain.

With Our Chimney Sweeping We Will Leave You A Certificate To Inform You Of The Condition Of The FirePlace And Flue That We Have Swept.

CHIMNEY MAINTENANCE AND SWEEPING

1. The flueways in the chimney and flue pipe must be cleaned regularly to remove all soot deposits and prevent blockage of the flue. This should be done at least twice a year, preferably before the heating season to check that the flue has not been blocked by bird's nests for example and also at the end of the heating season to prevent soot deposits from resting in the chimney during the dormant period. Call the chimney sweeps to get your chimney swept soon.

2. When using a new installation the flueways should be checked at least monthly, so that an adequate cleaning cycle can be determined in relation to the use of the appliance. The risk of heavy tar and soot deposits is greatly increased if unsuitable fuel is burnt, which can result in a chimney fire or corrosion damage. If you are needing a chimney sweep contact us now.

3. Sweeping with a brush and rods is the only recommended method of cleaning, because other materials such as mortar in old flues, loose bricks or bird's nests etc. can block a flue. For this reason vacuum or chemical chimney cleaners cannot be recommended as an alternative to sweeping. Some chemical cleaners can corrode metal in the chimney and appliance. We use these talls so to get a chimney sweep round soon contact the chimney sweeps.

arrow FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Q / WHY DO I NEED TO HAVE MY CHIMNEY / FLUE SWEPT?
A / Chimneys need to allow free passage of dangerous combustion gasses. Regular cleaning will remove soot and creosote, helping prevent dangerous chimney fires. Cleaning will increase the efficiency of some appliances. Bird nests, cobwebs and other blockages will be removed.
Q / HOW OFTEN DOES MY CHIMNEY NEED SWEEPING?
A / The sweeping frequencies below are for guidance. Frequency will depend on a number of factors including: Type of fuel, appliance used, duration of use, moisture content of wood fuel, type of chimney. Your Guild sweep will be able to advise on sweeping frequency during the visit. Smokeless fuel: At least once a year Wood: Quarterly when in use Bituminous coal: Quarterly when in use Oil: Once a year Gas: Once a year
Q / WHY SHOULD I USE A GUILD REGISTERED CHIMNEY SWEEP?
A / Guild sweeps undertake an extensive training and assessment process. Training is based around the most comprehensive training manual in the UK. Guild membership requires members to be insured and equipped to deal with all standard job situations. Because the Guild is owned equally by all its members it can act like a co-operative, sharing information and solving customer problems. In the unlikely event your Guild sweep is unable help you, they should be able to recommend someone who can.
Q / DOES IT MAKE A MESS?
A / This is a very good question to ask when booking any sweep. The answer should be - very rarely. Guild sweeps are able to draw on the collective knowledge of the whole organisation and have a number of best practice techniques for preventing dust escapes. A rare exception may be when the chimney is blocked with a bird�s nest or when it is sometimes difficult to contain all dust.
Q / WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PREPARE FOR THE SWEEP�S VISIT?
A / Ask your sweep this question when booking. In general they will need a clear passage to the chimney and adequate space to work in. Clear ornaments from the hearth and perhaps from the mantelpiece. In particular, clear the grate of any fuel / ash / rubbish as cleaning up before they start is a pet hate of most sweeps.
Q / DO I NEED TO HAVE MY GAS / OIL FLUES SWEPT?
A / Yes. Although burning these fuels does not normally deposit soot there are numerous other problems which can affect chimney function and sweeping can solve or identify these. In countries such as Germany, where sweeping all chimneys and flues is a legal requirement, the number of carbon monoxide poisonings and chimney fires are a fraction of the UK.
Q / HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO HAVE MY CHIMNEY SWEPT?
A / How long is a piece of string? Seriously though, there are different types of appliance or chimney and the cost will vary. Some jobs may take longer to complete properly so expect to pay more if extra time is necessary. If you are comparing prices of different sweeps try to make sure you are comparing like for like. Cost may also vary in different parts of the country.
Q / I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY FIREPLACE / STOVE / CHIMNEY.
A / In the UK there is a general lack of knowledge concerning all aspects of solid fuels, solid fuel appliances and their associated chimneys. Problems are therefore not uncommon and it can be difficult to get qualified, independent advice. Guild sweeps are trained to high standards and are conversant with the complexities of solid fuel heating and venting systems and the associated building regulations.
Q / IF I AM ALREADY A CHIMNEY SWEEP,WHY WOULD I WANT TO JOIN THE GUILD OF MASTER SWEEPS?
A / The Guild is owned equally by all its members and this results in a very co-operative organisation. We are very much one for all and all for one, the newest member having the same share and voting rights as the oldest. You will have the opportunity to pick the best techniques, skills and business As part of your membership you will be promoted on the Guild website and on Yell.com. You can issue Guild certificates which will benefit you and your customers. A group of like minded individuals is always more powerful than your lone voice.
Q / IF I WOULD LIKE TO TRAIN TO BE A CHIMNEY SWEEP, HOW CAN THE GUILD HELP ME?
A / You will have access to all the benefits mentioned above. In addition to the mandatory training course you will enter the Guild�s Passport Training System. Under this system the novice sweep will train with experienced members for a minimum period. There is no maximum and you can call upon many members for further ongoing training at no extra cost. As well as receiving the best practical training, you will have the opportunity to question experienced sweeps on the promotion and running of their business. We want to see you succeed. It�s a bit like buying a franchise but at a fraction of the cost.

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