We supply and fit birdguards and other types of specialist cowls
We can replace broken chimney pots
Service your stove if the rope seal is missing or not working
Replace damaged or broken fire bricks.
Inspect chimney pots, stacks and roofs using a drone, providing you with high resolution photographs and high definition video.
We are fully insured drone pilots, with permission for commercial operations (PfCO) granted by the CAA. We can carry out above gutter height inspections quickly and safely, providing you with photographic /video evidence of any any damage of your chimney stack, roof and other high structures, so you know exactly what work is needed when you are looking for quotes. We use small unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) fitted with high definition cameras to provide superior quality photography. You can look at the images yourself to make up your own mind or our chartered surveyors can write a report based on our photography, if you want a professional opinion.
Birds and vermin nests are a real problem in your chimney, as they can completely block it, sending all the smoke back into the room. Don't think you can burn the nest out, this would be a very dangerous thing to try. We carry a range of nest clearing tools, to punch through and rip out the nest. We then check the chimney with our CCTV camera to make sure it is clear.
We generally keep a supply of regular size birdguard cowls with us, specialist cowls can be supplied, but will have to be made to order.If you've had a nest in the past we highly recommend a birguard cowl is fitted, as once they have tried nesting they will most likely be back. Even if you haven't experienced birds nesting, we still think cowls are a good investment, to prevent birds or vermin getting in.
Have you got a broken chimney pot? We can replace this for you. Is the chimney stack not drawing well? It might be that the addition of a chimney pot can add enough height to the stack to help the performance of your chimney. Adding a pot can also make it easier to add a cowl.
Does your stove need some maintenance, is the rope seal falling apart or perhaps fire cement is now missing? Have the fire bricks seen better days? These are all maintenance issues that can affect the performance of your stove, leaking stove pipes could result in fumes leaking out into the room. Why not get us to carry out these repairs for you.
We highly recommend a Carbon Monoxide detector in the room of your stove or fireplace, Carbon Monoxide is a killer and these brilliant little detectors provide peace of mind.
Black Brush Chimney Sweeps is run by me, Geoff Seaman. I was a former firefighter and stove installers mate, but decided to set up as a chimney sweep, using all my experience gained in both previous jobs. Based in Bricket Wood, between St Albans and Watford, I have easy access to both the M1 and M25, so can easily cover anywhere in Herts, including Radlett, London Colney, St Albans, Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Harpenden, Redbourn and a many other towns and villages, so don't be afraid to give us a call for a no obligation quote.
We don't install fireplaces or stoves, we concentrate on the services listed above. We do know how they are installed, so can provide you free impartial advice if you are thinking of having work done. If we don't know the answer we can refer you to fitters who will.