A bit of a funny story this week. I recently swept a chimney to an open fire for Intercounty Lettings in Shepreth near Royston. Apparently, the property had been empty for quite sometime before being let out; consequently the day I attended the house was full of other trades people doing various jobs to get the house ready for occupancy. Some of these were intrigued to see what I was doing as they had never observed a chimney being swept before. They all came running into the lounge when I shouted that I had found money up the chimney, but were immediately disappointed when they found that it was chocolate money, that was a bit old and mankey at that! I’m guessing that at some time a young child had spent a happy moment posting his chocolate coins up the chimney. Perhaps they were meant ad a gift for Father Christmas? Who Knows?
My name is Paddy McKeown, I am a retired police officer (Detective Sergeant – Metropolitan Police), turned chimney sweep. I have completed training with ‘The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps’, and Rod Tech UK (Power Sweeping).
I have built up a wealth of practical knowledge and experience, and have invested in a range of sweeping equipment including CCTV equipment to examine and record the interior condition of flues/chimneys and so can diagnose and advise on all sorts of chimney problems and carry out minor repairs if necessary.
I sweep cleanly and efficiently all open fire places, as well as wood-burning stoves, Aga’s, Rayburn’s Alpha’s, Parkray’s, Baxi’s, inglenooks and biomass boilers.
Put simply, I offer an inclusive sweeping package that will guarantee your safety whilst you get the best out of your appliance or open fire.