Most insurance companies require chimneys to be swept as part of their terms and conditions. As a registered ICS chimney sweep, once I have swept and smoke tested your chimney I will issue a Chimney Safety Certificate.

Chimneys should be swept on a regular basis to remove soot, creosote and other debris and allow for safe operation. All chimneys need to be swept at least once a year, although if the chimney is used often twice a year is recommended.

Clean chimneys burn more efficiently, which will save you money, as well as reducing the impact on the environment.

I provide chimney sweeping services in Chelmsford, Colchester, Basildon, Harlow, Grays, Clacton-on-Sea, Benfleet, Brentwood, Braintree, Leigh-on-Sea as well as all other towns in Essex and the surrounding towns in Suffolk, Herts and London.

Services Provided:
 - Professional, friendly, thorough and clean chimney sweeping service throughout Essex
 - Chimney cleared, swept and vacuumed
 - Bird nest removal
 - Bird guards and cowls fitted
 - Damaged chimney pot/stack replacement
 - Flue smoke tests

​I have full public liability insurance of £2,000,000.

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Chimney Sweeping Throughout Essex

Samuel James Chimney Sweep

Essex, Suffolk, Herts, London

Tel: 01245-975006 

Mobile: 07809-126869

email: sjchimneysweep@outlook.com

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In addition, each year in England, approximately 40-50 deaths occur from carbon monoxide poisoning and a further 400 people are admitted to hospital suffering from carbon monoxide poising from chimneys that have not been swept. Carbon monoxide symptoms include: headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, confusion, memory loss, lethargy, breathlessness, collapse, loss of consciousness. In severe cases it can lead to permanent damage to health or even death.

Many of these fires, deaths or symptoms could have been avoided by having the chimneys swept regularly.


I am fully qualified and registered through Sweep Safe.


  • Sweep Safe is an organisation for experienced chimney sweeps only and is the only chimney sweeping organisation which has a minimum experience requirement.
  • The organisation is aimed only at experienced Chimney Sweeps and has a minimum requirement for perquisite experience.
  • Sweep Safe is concentrating on making the experienced chimney sweep more professional with continual professional development training.
  • Sweep Safe are a HETAS approved chimney sweeping association.



Regular sweeping of chimneys and flues prevents fires and allows deadly gases to safely vent away. Last year the UK Fire Services attended around 7,700 chimney fires.