I am pleased to announce to all my customers that I am now HETAS Registered, having completed the Chimney Sweeps Service and Maintenance course a couple of weeks ago. I travelled to a Company in Sudbury, Specflue Training Centre, to complete the course. Although much of the course was something of a refresher for me having previously completed the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps rigorous training course which included on the job training. This said I did learn new things; some things have changed in the time since I completed the Guild training and somethings were new to me. HETAS do an intensive safety check for appliances and chimneys, with a detailed proforma to be completed as you progress through a variety of different safety checks. The results of these checks are noted on the proforma and allow the user to come up with a detailed risk assessment at the completion of the tests which can be supplied to the customer and/or insurance companies. Some of checks include Type One and Type Two Smoke Testing, Seepage Testing, Spillage Testing and Flow Testing – A very comprehensive series of test; all good news for the customer.
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.