I have a victorian stone built house whose upstairs sash windows were welded
shut millennia ago and whose chimneys have been blocked up. It's far more
unbearably hot upstairs in this weather than downstairs.
If I unblocked the chimneys would it help or make more problems? And if so
(they still exist, not been plastered over as the ones downstairs) could an
ordinary chimneysweep do it or is it complicated?
Open fireplaces rely on the heat of the fire to create an updraught.
Unless you fit an electric exhaust fan, the effect will be unnoticeable.
A sweep will be able to clear blockages caused by nest material, etc.
But not if it has been bricked up..
How complicated depends on what has been done - but the odds are that it
will be fairly straightforward to onblock.
Why is it a troll. The weather is very hot and sash windows do jam
after a few coats of paint.
The best way for sash windows is to take them out so the mechanism can
be made to work & and any damaged woodwork fix. Not a very difficult
job, but a long one in removing the old paint, some of which may
This old house repaired / replaced some in Charlestown
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