7 reasons to book a chimney sweep right now!
HERE are 7 reasons why you should book a chimney sweeping appointment with James the Sweep right now!
BBQ tips from your local sweep
HOT weather equals barbie time. And that doesn’t mean get your dollies out of the cupboard to play with them – we’re talking, of course, about hot, sizzling delicious barbecues.
Before you get the tongs out and pile-up the fridge with stacks of burgers, bangers, steaks and bananas (an acquired taste but nothing beats the sweetness of a chargrilled banana) – put in some time for prep work.
Brexit blues – what can you afford?
‘AFFORDABLE’ – we all love that word. Everyone likes a good bargain? Why pay more when you can pay less, etc?
It’s particularly important in the current financial climate where everyone’s a tad nervous about Brexit. We don’t know what will happen and so it makes sense to keep a tighter control of the purse strings.
5 interesting facts about James – your chimney sweep!
James the Sweep – the Master Chimney Sweep for Tunbridge Wells and nearby areas such as Tonbridge and Southborough. You’ve heard about him often enough and he is a well-known friendly face for many people across towns and villages in the county of Kent (and nearby East Sussex, for that matter).
James has been sweeping chimneys for Kentish homes and local business premises for more than 20 years. He’s had a very colourful life too and below you will find 5 very interesting facts that you didn’t know about James Hughes aka James the Sweep.
What to do if a bird’s nest is in your chimney
NO DOUBT you will be out-and-about enjoying the sunshine now that the summer months are here.
That’s also when you start notice things needing to be fixed in the garden or to the outside of your house: cutting the hedge, weeding out the flower beds, repointing the cement in the wall, putting tiles back in place….and what about that chimney?
If you notice any issues with your chimney such as damaged brickwork or the chimney pot or cowl looks odd – just ask James the Sweep for an opinion.
Yet there’s another issue which tends to come along this time of year and it does require an expert hand to deal with the problem: a bird’s nest in your chimney. At the top, to be precise.
Birds tend to like to feather their nest at the top of chimneys, especially jackdaws. But the problem is that this can damage your building structure. The last thing you want is bits of brickwork tumbling down the flue and into the fireplace.
And if you have a cowl or pot fitted, you won’t want a bird to damage it because that runs the risk of letting damp getting into your building.
What can you do then? Simply ask James the Sweep to deal with the problem.
There are special laws surrounding the removal of birds’ nests, which a qualified and experienced master sweep – such as James – is informed about. The removal of the nest itself also requires a head for heights and a delicate hand so that no damage will be caused. The chimney will also need to be reviewed and swept after the removal of any debris.
In summary, it’s a job for a true professional! Take the worry out of your day if you notice a bird’s nest at the top of your chimney. Phone 07587 134589 for a quotation. Standard charges for removing a bird’s nest cost only £100 for the first hour and then £60 per hour thereafter if the work is complex. Please also note that the bird’s nest is to be disposed by the customer.
Maidstone Zoo: a recap on history
MAIDSTONE and its surrounding area is rich in history and if there’s a place proving the fact – it has to be Cobtree Manor Park, which is the site of the former Maidstone Zoo, the largest private zoo of its time.
The dinosaur found near Southborough – some facts
Southborough is the sort of place where there’s always something interesting happening and that’s been a fact about the town for many years.
James the Sweep has been sweeping chimneys in Southborough for 20 years – and he’s firmly established as the town’s master sweep. If residents need a chimney swept, it’s always James who is called because he is reliable, professional and affordable. He’s known as the ‘Southborough chimney sweep’ and it’s as simple as that.
How to use your wood burning stove
CUSTOMERS will often ask James the Sweep for sound advice about how to get the best use out of the wood burning stove.
It’s a typical question that James encounters whenever he is sweeping chimneys in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Southborough, Maidstone and the like.
If you would like some simple ABC pointers, do take time to read the info below. Remember too the basic rule that burning wood with a moisture content of 20 per cent or less (test it to see) and at a higher temperature will ensure you maximise the use of your fuel, save you money and also have a better effect on the environment.
Tunbridge Wells is a properly ‘Royal’ place!
IT HAPPENS often that James the Sweep gets called ‘Sir’ when he pops into his favourite newsagent in Royal Tunbridge Wells to buy his favourite chocolate bar (milk choc with a caramel centre, in case you’re wondering).
Nothing unusual about that, on the face of it. But it makes James twirl his brush for two very good reasons:  Everyone is polite in T Wells and that’s wonderful and  T Wells is so closely associated with Royalty… Lords… Ladies… ‘Sirs’… that James is never sure if the newsagent believes the town’s master sweep is, in fact, one of the landed gentry.
Is your woodburner polluting?
WOODBURNERS have been given a very bad press in the media since Defra’s Clean Air Strategy was published in January.
It’s become a misleading notion that wood stoves will be banned by the Government in the future. That is NOT true. Defra is certainly concerned about air pollution but the Government has been so – so – clear that householders will still be allowed to have woodburners.
James the Sweep is ridiculously affordable!
EVERYONE loves a good bargain and especially when it comes to fixing things around the home.
That’s why James the Sweep offers to sweep chimneys at a very reasonable rate indeed. In fact, we get enquiries all the time asking about the costs. People can’t always believe it and we’ve even had customers telling James that it’s about time he raised his fee. That sounds like absolute nonsensical marketing spin – but it’s true! Don’t forget that many of James the Sweep’s customers have been calling upon him to sweep chimneys for many years. They know him and he knows them.
The Chimney Sweep to call upon
James the Sweep is the Master Sweep to call upon if your chimney needs sweeping and you live in the wider Kent and East Sussex area. Chimney sweeps have their own geographical locations in which they look after customers. James sweeps chimneys in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Maidstone, Pembury, Paddock Wood, Crowborough, Hadlow, Orpington, Southborough and the nearby areas.
5 reasons to employ the chimney sweeping services of James the Sweep
James the Sweep is the top rated chimney sweep in Kent and East Sussex. He’s been sweeping chimneys in the local area for at least 20 years and built up a solid reputation as a reliable, professional chimney technician. James is a member of the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps.
Here are five reasons why it makes sense to employ the services of James the Sweep:-
Air pollution and woodburners: some home truths
‘WOODBURNERS will be banned’ – you’ve definitely seen headlines like these in the media in recent months.
And why not? Nothing beats a bit of sensationalism for a newspaper to sell a few more copies. Even if the headline isn’t telling the truth.
Reassurance for local residents
CHIMNEY sweeping in Royal Tunbridge Wells… chimney sweeping in Southborough… chimney sweeping in Crowborough – if you are a frequent visitor to the website or social media of James the Sweep, you will have seen these phrases often enough.
In fact, you have probably read that James the Sweep is the Master Chimney Sweep for Tunbridge Wells and similar such claims. It can all sound a bit outlandish but why? Why are such statements made?
Storing firewood: some simple tips
STORING firewood correctly makes a big difference to enjoying efficient fires, which are better for the environment and save you money – and the opposite: ineffective fires, causing pollution and costing more.
The good news is that there’s some simple ABC steps you can take to get the most out of your firewood. This is advice that James the Sweep gives customers in the towns that he covers: Tunbridge Wells, Southborough, Sevenoaks, Hildenborough, Pembury, Maidstone, Paddock Wood, Crowborough, Hadlow and Maidstone.
Caring for your chimney flue liner
CUSTOMERS often ask James the Sweep about how to care for a flue liner installed inside a chimney flue. And if they don’t, James will respectfully offer the information anyway because it’s an important part of caring for your indoor fire set-up.
Where was Ol’ Sweepy heading?
IF YOU happened to be driving in the northern parts of Kent last weekend you will have noticed the county’s Master Sweep – James the Sweep – tootling along in his work van, aka Ol’ Sweepy, with plenty of sandwiches wrapped in grease-proof paper stacked-up on the passenger seat.
Why was James heading out of the county? Where was he going? His van is a familiar sight on the streets of Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Southborough and the like. So why did James disappear for a couple of days – and then reappear in the borders of Kent with a stack of gleaming new chimney sweeping brushes in the back of Ol’ Sweepy?
Test CO alarms regularly – what does that mean?
YOU’VE probably heard this saying often enough (and more likely than not from James the Sweep, Master Sweep for Tunbridge Wells!).
“Make sure you buy a carbon monoxide alarm and then test it regularly.”
Oh right, you may think, and then put it down on the list of Things To Do.
But what does that actually mean? It’s easy to hear these things and to not really take them on board.
Basic advice about wood briquettes