Hi - looking to save some cash so thought I'd buy a set of rods and a brush.
Any recommendations/advice on sweeping the chimney? They seem to start at
around £25 but don't want to buy something that's rubbish.
If there is carpet and furniture in the room you will need a suitable dust
sheet to prevent the cloud of soot and dust from escaping from the
fireplace. It is also advisable to cover carpet and furniture. If the
chimney pot is loose there is a risk of knocking it off the chimney stack.
They are heavy and can cause a lot of damage if they fall, so if you are not
sure about the condition of the mortar around the pot it might be worth
checking that your buildings insurance covers you for diy damage. After
cleaning, a chimney sweep will check that the chimney has adequate draw by
performing a smoke test. The only other things to be aware of are the
possibility of the brush getting trapped with or without a broken rod.
Thanks GED - got the dust sheets ready and the pot is sound. Had the same
sweep for years and he never did a smoke test, have to look into that. Any
recommendations as to best set of brushes to get?
Had one done many years ago. The bloke sealed off fireplace with a large
board with something soft around the edge to make an air-tight seal,
which worked. His industrial vacuum connected to the board and sucked
up the soot, but it didn't filter it, and you could see clouds of soot
coming out of the vacuum cleaner exhaust, which settled all over the house.
If he had positioned the vacuum cleaner outside (the hose was plenty
long enough), it would have probably worked very well. Soot is notoriously
difficult to vacuum up because it is both very fine and very sticky,
so it either passes straight through any filter, or instantly clogs it.
If you use a domestic bagged cleaner, start with the bag full of fluff
(e.g. from carpet vacuuming) as the fluff will actually filter some of
the soot before either the bag cloggs or the soot is ejected. The soot
will mess up the insides though, and might do nasty things if large
quantities pass into the motor.
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