Skip to main content

North West Sweep

Tel: 028 70 848663 / Mob: 07968 737 784

Home  About Us  Services  Chimney Problems  Frequent Questions  Contact Us   
Chimney Problems

North West Sweep has encountered a large range of chimney related issues over the years .  Below are some of the more extreme cases.

Bird Nests

This picture shows the result of a substantial bird's nest being removed from the flue of a wood burning stove.  As you can see, there is quite a large amount of twigs and other nesting material including a number of dead birds.  Many people don't understand just how much material a bird’s nest comprises of which can easily block an entire chimney or flue. 

While a bird’s nest can be a messy thing to clean up, we will ensure it is dealt with quickly and efficiently with as little disruption as possible.

As you can see, a bird’s nest is a serious issue and must be dealt with.  We can provide a range of cowls that can prevent birds from nesting in both used and unused chimneys.  If you have (or suspect you have) a birds nest in your chimney.  Do not operate or use your appliance and get it seen by a qualified sweep ASAP.

Glass Fronted Fire

This picture shows the chimney from a glass fronted fire.  As you can see, this chimney has not been cleaned in a while and is almost completely blocked.  My brush is just about visible in the centre.

Because these fires tend to burn smokeless fuel, many people believe that they need less maintenance or cleaning.  This is not true.  A smokeless fuel may not produce just as much material as say coal or peat, but it still should be swept regularly.  We recommend that a smokeless fuel fire or stove just be swept at least once a year.

The moral of the story?  If you have a glass fronted fire or you use smokeless fuel, don't think it doesn't need as much maintenance.   Make sure that the appliance is maintained and the chimney is regularly swept.

20 Birds in a bucket

This picture shows 20 birds that I removed from a single chimney.  You wouldn't believe that you could pull this many birds from one chimney.  This particular chimney had not been used in a while and took a substantial amount of time to clear.

Moral of this story?  If you have a chimney and you are planning not to use it then ensure it is properly sealed with a vented cap to prevent birds and other animals from making a home in it.  It is important that a proper vented cap is used to allow air to circulate.  If you completely block or seal the chimney then you will encourage damp.  If you leave it completely open then you encourage animals. 

Likewise, if you are planning to start using a previously unused chimney (even it is been previously capped) then ensure that it is swept (and uncapped if necessary) prior to use.