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  • I first started in the trade in 2005. At this period I saw there was a distinct lull, a time where older sweeps were retiring from the industry, yet around the same time, there was also a gradual increase in use and installation of solid fuel appliances. Being a traditionalist, I saw an opportunity to join this age old profession in its emerging renaissance, it’s rebirth.
    Initially I trained with a very fickle sweep in Berkshire. He was indeed very meticulous in his methods, dare I say it, he was a tad slow along with it. That aside, his disciplined work ethic rubbed off on me and I still stick to the repetitive routine in setting up my gear, to ensure each individual job has at an equally high standard.
    I also trained for a short period with another Wiltshire sweep, as I felt it pertinent to a fledgling business, to see a variety of working practices. This time however, my experience of his chimney sweeping techniques was at the other end of the spectrum to my previous work experience….hence it being so short!
    I have, in my 13 years, trained two other sweeps, one who is now also a certified Sweep Safe member. Having given back into the industry is a really good feeling.
    Now I’m proud to have a customer base of around 800 and growing.

    What I love about being a chimney sweep is being part of a growing family of chimney sweeps, that are selfless in passing on tricks of the trade and that are all striving towards the same goal….which is to highlight the importance of fire safety in the home, freely educating customers as to best practices, keeping abreast of the latest techniques & equipment and ensuring the future of our industry continues to maintain high standards for our number one priority, the customer!

    The best part of my job is being content in the fact that I’ve made a difference. Not only eliminating the risk of a chimney fire, but also reducing air pollution.
    I also love the interaction with customers. I can tell you that after going to the same customer for over 10 years, each visit is a bit like an annual catch up with an old friend.
    For example; I’ve been going to one particular customer since I started in 2005. After 4 years they had a daughter, a few months after the birth of my daughter. Every year we compare where each girl is at in their development, which is super cool.

    A good and trustworthy sweep is one that keeps appointments, as near to the arranged time as possible.
    I usually give a 30 minute window for arrival. If I get unavoidably delayed, due to things like traffic or needing to extending a previous job, I always call or text the next customer to update them.
    Also, it may take a couple of visits for me to strike up a good rapport with customer, after which they feel at ease, allowing you into their homes….so both first and second impressions do count!

    For any potential customers, considering using Dusty Sweeps, you can be rest assured that the service I offer is of the highest standard. I have 13 years of 100% customer satisfaction to be proud of and I continue to learn, adapt and improve my skills. I don’t rest on my laurels, nor get set in my ways.
    In recent months I have decided to polish up my business, by joining a chimney sweeping association. After careful consideration, of all the chimney sweeping governing bodies, I felt that Sweep Safe mirrored the same work ethic I adhere to and I am very proud to be associated with them.
    I have further improved my knowledge and skills by completing a H009 HETAS course, last year. This gives me valuable guidance on safe solid fuel installation regulations, which I then pass on advice to customers on any remedial work required to make their appliance safe for use. This also means I am the only HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep in the Swindon area.

  • Trade Associations: Sweep Safe
    Other Approvals: HETAS
    Public Liability Insurance
  • Traditional sweep, using superflex rods, on a wood/multifuel burner, with 6” flexible liner.

    Posted by Dusty Sweeps on Monday, 19 February 2018

    Traditional rod & brush sweep on an open fire, with masonry flue.

    Posted by Dusty Sweeps on Monday, 19 February 2018

    Notice the negative pressure the vacuum gives, to ensure the soot stays inside.Where a better seal can be made (flat surface), there’s no need to do this every time.

    Posted by Dusty Sweeps on Monday, 19 February 2018

    Posted by Dusty Sweeps on Tuesday, 28 February 2017

    TV Apprearance

    BBC programme 'Open House' 2008

    Posted by Dusty Sweeps on Sunday, 23 November 2014

  • Take advantage of saving £5 per job, by either booking in more than one chimney in your property or by booking in with a neighbour in your street. Mid-season sweeps are also still discounted by £5.

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  • 1 Review on “Dusty Sweeps”

    1. Claire Close Dusty Sweeps
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      I’ve been using Dusty for about 10 years. He’s always punctual with his appointments, very polite and extremely clean. But, be mindful to book in with him very early as he’s very popular and busy.

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  • Charges:

    Standard Open Fire Flue £50
    Wood Burning or Multifuel Stove (with liner) £50
    Wood Burning or Multifuel Stove (without liner) £55
    Oversized Inglenook Flue & Aga/Rayburn Cookers £55
    Removal of nests and sweep £80+, dependant on extra time taken and includes a CCTV survey, to confirm 100% clear.

  • Other Services:
    • Bird Guards
    • Bird Nest Removal
    • Camera Inspections
  • Locations Covered:

    Swindon. Royal Wootton Bassett, Brinkworth, Minety, Ashton Keynes, Cricklade, Highworth, Shrivenham, Watchfield, Ashbury, Bishopstone, Hinton Parva, Wanborough, Baydon, Aldbourne, Ramsbury, Axford, Marlborough, Ogbourne St Andrew, Ogbourne St George, Chiseldon, Hodson, Wroughton, Broad Hinton, Broad Town, Bushton, Tockenham.