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1 11, 2017

Why does my fireplace smoke back?

By | November 1st, 2017|Chimney Sweep Advice, Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on Why does my fireplace smoke back?

Fireplace smoking back explained - Video Transcript (edited for greater clarity) Reasons Why Fireplace Smoke Back Happens Lee Pearce:Why does your fireplace smoke back when you use it? There are many different reasons. It could be something as easy as a blocked flue. It could be blocked with a birds nest, it could be blocked with [...]

12 10, 2017

Does my fire need an air vent?

By | October 12th, 2017|Chimney Sweep Advice, Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on Does my fire need an air vent?

Chimney sweep video advice - does my fire need an air vent? Video Transcription (Slightly edited for better reading) The Heat Triangle - Fuel, Air and Heat Lee Pearce: air is a necessity for all fires. All fires when they burn - if you can imagine, when you were back at school, the heat triangle: [...]

10 10, 2017

What is a Chimney CCTV inspection?

By | October 10th, 2017|Chimney CCTV Survey, Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on What is a Chimney CCTV inspection?

CHIMNEY CCTV Inspections explained - Video Transcript (edited for greater clarity) Lee Pearce: When we do a CCTV Inspection of the Chimney, it's to actually see what's going on inside the chimney. Obviously, as a chimney sweep, all I can do when I look up the lower part of a chimney is see the lower part [...]

9 10, 2017

What are the implications of the new building regulations?

By | October 9th, 2017|Chimney Sweep Advice, Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on What are the implications of the new building regulations?

The implications of the new building regulations - Video Transcript (edited for greater clarity) The implications of the new building regulations actually bring certain criteria into a legal (document) requirement that never used to be there. Such as: relining the chimney is now part of building regulations - you require consent to do it. The [...]

29 09, 2017

Do I need a chimney smoke test?

By | September 29th, 2017|Chimney Smoke Tests, Chimney Sweep Advice For London|Comments Off on Do I need a chimney smoke test?

Chimney Smoke Test Chimney smoke test video transcript: Why You Need A Chimney Smoke Test Lee Pearce: There are different types of smoke test - there's a smoke evacuation check, which is part of the chimney sweeping procedure - that's just really lighting a smoke pellet in the appliance and letting it burn, making sure [...]

15 09, 2017

Why do I need a chimney sweep?

By | September 15th, 2017|Chimney Sweep Advice, Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on Why do I need a chimney sweep?

Your questions answered, a new video series - Why do I need a chimney sweep? Lee Pearce of Apex Chimney Sweeps London explains why you need a chimney sweep and why they need to be certified professional chimney sweeps. Video Transcript (with added subheadings for better readability) Chimneys should be swept for safety reasons Lee [...]

6 07, 2017

Summer Chimney Problems

By | July 6th, 2017|Chimney Sweep Advice For London|Comments Off on Summer Chimney Problems

Chimney sweeps also clear wasp and birds nests Some Summer Chimney Problems We Are Often Faced With During the summer months when it gets hot as it has been just recently our telephone enquiries take on a different tone, with customers calling asking a totally different set of questions than they do in [...]

20 02, 2017

Safecontractor Chimney Sweep Accreditation 2017

By | February 20th, 2017|Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on Safecontractor Chimney Sweep Accreditation 2017

We are pleased to announce that Apex Chimney Sweeps has once again been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace. This reaffirms our commitment to health and safety in the workplace. About Alcumus Safecontractor Originally formed as Supplyline in 1999, Alcumus SafeContractor has been known as such [...]

6 12, 2016

Why Does Santa Come Down The Chimney?

By | December 6th, 2016|Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on Why Does Santa Come Down The Chimney?

Whilst we are steeped in Christmas traditions, the question "why does Santa Claus come down the chimney" is still a regularly asked question, particularly by children who understandably fail to see the logic or the practicality in such a possibility. The idea of Santa Claus coming down the chimney dates back centuries and travels across [...]

8 11, 2016

CO Awareness Week 2016

By | November 8th, 2016|Chimney Sweep Advice|Comments Off on CO Awareness Week 2016

November 21st to 27th is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week CO Awareness Week 2016 Carbon Monoxide is a dangerous gas and can cause severe health problems. In November (21 November 2016 - 27 November 2016)  there will be a  Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week here in the UK, to help the public realise the dangers of Carbon Monoxide [...]

2 11, 2016

Chimney CCTV Inspection Photos

By | November 2nd, 2016|Chimney Sweep Advice, Chimney Sweep Advice For London, Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on Chimney CCTV Inspection Photos

Chimney CCTV Inspection photos Chimney CCTV Inspection photos how where a loft extension leads to a very unhappy neighbour.   Another Chimney CCTV inspection for a party wall loft extension and another RSJ in a neighbours chimney flue!   So, if you have any concerns whatsoever and are in the London or North Kent areas, [...]

5 09, 2016

Soot – it’s history, uses and connection to the chimney sweep industry

By | September 5th, 2016|Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on Soot – it’s history, uses and connection to the chimney sweep industry

In olden days soot had many uses, cleared from chimneys by sweeps it was dirty, smelly and not very healthy to be around. However, it was believe it or not, a much sought after commodity. As the old saying goes “where there’s muck - there’s money” it was wanted by the fertiliser industry, it was used for making dyes [...]

2 08, 2016

Old Chimney

By | August 2nd, 2016|Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on Old Chimney

What Apex Chimney Sweeps swept today:  a lovely old chimney, well over a hundred years old.  

11 07, 2016

Checkatrade Kent Trading Standards Approved Contractors

By | July 11th, 2016|Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on Checkatrade Kent Trading Standards Approved Contractors

We are pleased to announce that as well as being a Proud Member of Checkatrade.com,  Apex Chimney Sweeps London is now also “Kent Trading Standards Approved”. Kent County Council Trading Standards and Checkatrade are working in partnership to provide a recommended trader scheme to help Kent consumers choose a trader they can trust and rely upon. [...]

11 07, 2016

Apex Chimney Sweeps London Van

By | July 11th, 2016|Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on Apex Chimney Sweeps London Van

We, at Apex Chimney Sweeps are happy to announce that we have a new van with a different colour scheme so no more yellow but red white and blue instead.   Contact Apex Chimney Sweeps  to book a professional chimney sweeping company!

21 06, 2016

Best Practices for Optimum Fireplace Performance 

By | June 21st, 2016|Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on Best Practices for Optimum Fireplace Performance 

While your fireplace is supposed to offer you comfort and be a thing of beauty in your home, it can become a nuisance if issues arise with the chimney or any other part of it. What’s more, many people fear that the cost of making repairs can be quite expensive. However, this is often not the [...]

11 05, 2016

The Firewood Poem

By | May 11th, 2016|Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on The Firewood Poem

By Lady Celia Congreve Published in The Times: March 2nd 1930 These hardwoods burn well and slowly, Ash, beech, hawthorn oak and holly. Softwoods flare up quick and fine, Birch, fir, hazel, larch and pine. Elm and willow you'll regret, Chestnut green and sycamore wet. Beechwood fires are bright and clear, If the logs are [...]

16 04, 2016

Buying And Burning Logs

By | April 16th, 2016|Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on Buying And Burning Logs

Buying Logs When you purchase logs, generally they will be sold as either Hardwood or Softwood, seasoned or unseasoned. Below I will try to explain what is best and why. For wood burners in particular, hardwood is without doubt the best type of log. It is much denser than softwood and it therefore burns for [...]

14 03, 2016

A Little Help When Choosing A Stove

By | March 14th, 2016|Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on A Little Help When Choosing A Stove

Choosing A Stove Choosing a stove can be as confusing as choosing a car with so many things to consider which are very similar. What make, what colour, what output, how much does it cost, how long will it last and so on and so forth. Do you want a multi fuel stove or a [...]

12 02, 2016

Chimney Fires

By | February 12th, 2016|Chimney Sweep Advice, Chimney Sweep Advice For London, Chimney Sweeps London|Comments Off on Chimney Fires

If chimneys are not swept regularly soot, tar and creosote can build up to dangerous levels in a surprisingly short period of time. Once that crucial dangerous level has been reached the risk of a chimney fire increases. Not only stray sparks but the heat generated and carried up through the chimney flue heats the [...]