This forms the core of our business and I have a large range of experience sweeping flues for open fires, stoves (both lined and unlined), ranges and gas fires.
The area around the appliance is double sheeted, brushes inserted into the chimney/flue and then sealed to prevent soot from entering the house. Once swept, all soot from the fire / stove is removed using an industrial vacuum cleaner.
If a chimney/flue is swept annually (as recommended by HETAS) there is usually less than a standard sized rubble sack of soot and debris, this is then sealed and deposited in your dustbin. Soot is classed as household waste and this enables us to keep our costs as low as possible.
Most chimneys are swept from the bottom up, but sometimes it is necessary to sweep from the top as well. This may incur a small additional charge to allow for the erection of ladders and roof ladders. You will be advised of this before any work commences.