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Chimney sweeping

We offer a professional, reliable and clean chimney sweeping service in Winchester, Andover and Romsey. We use both power sweeping equipment and traditional rods and brushes so we can cover all eventualities.

Chimney sweeping Andover

Test valley sweeps are based in Stockbridge, Andover. We provide a professional, clean and reliable chimney sweeping service to Andover, Winchester, Romsey and all the surrounding towns and villages. All though currently were are not sweeping chimneys due to the Covid 19 outbreak we will be hopefully be back up and running for the Autumn.

Test valley sweeps

Test valley chimney sweeps are temporarily suspending our chimney sweeping service due to the current situation. Sorry for any inconvenience and we hope to be back up and sweeping in the near future.
Power chimney sweeping in Andover

Power chimney sweeping in Andover

Chimney sweeping in Andover today. We use both manual and power sweeping equipment to clean wood burners and open fires. Power sweeping is done by attaching a drill to specially designed chimney sweeping rods that spin round and knock off any soot or tar. If chimney sweeping a older property we sometimes opt for traditional rods and brushes as this is a gentler way of cleaning a flu and avoids any unnecessary damage. If you need a chimney sweep in Andover please call us today.
Winchester chimney sweep

Winchester chimney sweep

Chimney sweeping in Winchester today. I came across a jackdaws nest in a chimney flu which was removed, a quick camera inspection assured me the chimney was clear, clean and safe to use. If you need a fully qualified chimney sweep in Winchester please call us today.

Chimney sweeping in Winchester

Chimney sweeping in Winchester

Chimney sweeping in Winchester this week. If you burn predominantly coal on your fire we advise you to sweep your appliance twice in the burning season. Coal produces a lot for soot then wood hence the need for an additional sweep.

Sweeping a wood burner in Andover

Sweeping a wood burner in Andover

Out and about chimney sweeping in Andover today. We sweep both wood burner flues and open fires and recommend you sweep your flue once a year (twice a year if burning coal).

If you have a wood burner that needs a fully qualified and insured chimney sweep to give it a thorough clean, please give Test Valley sweeps a call. We cover Andover, Winchester, Romsey and Southampton.

Bird nest removal in Winchester

Bird nest removal in Winchester

While chimney sweeping in Winchester today I came across this old jackdaws
Nest. Removing a bird’s nest from a chimney can take time…in this case 3 hours and 7 bin bags of nesting material removed…you have to respect a jackdaws tenacity !!!! Once the nest was removed a camera inspection was completed to make sure the chimney was clear.

If you suspect a bird’s nest or need a chimney sweep in Winchester, Andover or Romsey, please give us a call us today.

Alternative method to starting a fire

Most commonly, a small fire of kindling wood is stacked and bigger logs are added to this. The trouble with this, is that as gases are released from the bigger logs, there are no flames at the top to ignite them. They will pollute rather than give heat. There is a solution….place your logs on the bottom of your stove, then place your kindling on top of these. Soon the fire will burn its way down; as the logs heat up and produce gas, there will always be fire on top to ignite them.

This method also works well, as you can start a fire and keep it burning in one step. This is particularly helpful in wood burning stoves when opening the door to add more logs. When the stove is not up to efficient burning temperature, smoke can easily escape back into the room through the open door, when using the usual method of adding kindling before logs.

How to burn wood with minimum pollution

How to burn wood with minimum pollution

Fires smoke and pollute it they do not burn intensely. A temperature of 300 – 350 degrees Celsius is required to burn all the gases emmited from wood. At a lower temperature, the gases (smoke) will go up the chimney unburned. For this reason, a hot fire will burn cleanest; all the pollution is simply turned into heat. You will get a good indication of how efficiently your fire is operating, by simply going outside to check the colour of the smoke. There should only be a thin, pale emission from the chimney. Once your house is warm, control the temperature by the amount of wood you add not by closing the airvent.

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