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Chimney sweeping in Bushey

The history of Bushey

The first written record of the town of Bushey is an account in the Domesday Book, which describes a small agricultural village named 'Bissei' during the 12th century. Since then, archaeological findings of Stone Age tools provide evidence that the area was inhabited as far back as the Palaeolithic period. The town also has Roman links from the time Britain was occupied. A Roman tessellated, or mosaic pavement was discovered near Chiltern Avenue in Bushey

The origin of the Bushey name is not really known. Some suggest it may have meant 'Byssa's Isle', and that it started out as a lake type village that was surrounded by marshes, streams and lakes. A more modern theory is that it is simply derived from the Old English word bysce and Old French boisseie, meaning a 'place covered with wood'. The latter theory could prove more apt, as the town is located on the border of the Chiltern Valleys, which were once smothered in a very dense forest.

Accounts of Bushey Heath begin during the Napoleonic Wars while there was a serious food shortage. To help solve the problem, the government awarded the waste land to the east of Bushey to wealthy Bushey landowners to be used for farming and this land was more generally known as Bushey Common. The main purpose of this was to produce food from the difficult clay soil.

The 19th and 20th centuries marked the time of most change in Bushey, especially between 1860-1960 CE. The population of Bushey rose 28 fold within two centuries, from 856 in 1801, to just under 24,000 today. One of the main reasons for this growth was due to the boom in industry caused by the railway in the early 20th century. A result of this was that many new jobs were created in and around the Watford area, and in the early 1920s, Busheys first council houses were built. More housing was later built for the service families working in defence organisations in Stanmore and Northwood. The expansion eventually died down, due to much of the land in and around Bushey being protected under the Metropolitan Green Belt following the Second World War.

Stories, legends and folklore of Bushey

Because there was very little farming in Bushey Heath in years gone by, it meant that Bushey Heath was a heavily wooded area right up until the 18th century. There was also a severe lack of street lighting and police, that meant that Bushey Heaths history is littered with tales of thieves, highwaymen and even murder. The road from Bushey Heath to Stanmore is reported to be where the highwaymen carried out their crimes. Here they would lay in wait, ready to pounce and rob the dozen of carriages that passed through Bushey Heath on a daily basis from their trade in London. Before travellers and traders would dare to attempt the journey, they would form up at the Boot Inn at Edgware and the Three Crowns at Bushey Heath so they would not have to attempt the journey alone. One of the highwaymen that was claimed to have been responsible for the attacks on this route was the legendary highwayman Dick Turpin, although evidence would suggest that he was in fact more active in and around Essex.

What Ansell Chimneys do when they visit your Bushey home?

  • We usually require about half an hour per chimney to do a proper sweep.
  • It is important that the area in front of the fire is cleared so we have no furniture in the way to hinder access to the fireplace and it protects your valuables too. An area of about 6 square feet should be adequate.
  • On certain properties, the chimney may be swept through an external hatch in the chimney breast. Although these are great from our point of view for access, we will still need to come into your home to ensure that no debris from the sweeping process has fallen into the fireplace or any soot has fallen into the room, causing a mess.
  • With the use of dust sheets over the fireplace, we effectively seal off the area as an extra barrier against chimney debris getting into the room. However, if soft furnishings or delicate objects are close to the fireplace, we ask that you cover these or remove them just to make sure they are safe.
  • You will not be required to cover all the furniture and surfaces in the room where the fireplace is, unless you really want to.
  • All we really need is somewhere close by to plug in our powerful vacuum cleaner. We can then commence the sweeping process with our brushes, rods and the vacuum to remove the soot and any other debris that is dislodged.
  • Ansell Chimneys will leave your room, fireplace and chimney clean and safe to use once again.

Call Ansell Chimneys out to Bushey when it's convenient for you

To be certain of a safely operating chimney, you should have them swept about once a year. The most sensible time to have your chimney swept is during the warmer months, as you are unlikely to be using the fire. Like so many things that happen annually, it's all too easy to forget to book them in time, so to get around this problem Ansell Chimneys offer a useful reminder service and will give you a call annually or bi-annually, the choice is yours.

Ansell Chimneys keep your Bushey home clean and dust free

Most people think that chimney sweeping is one of the dirtiest procedures around, but the method Ansell Chimneys use means that very little soot, dust or debris will find its way into your living space. We offer a very clean service so you can keep your Bushey home clean.

Why not ask Ansell Chimneys for advice on sweeping your chimney in Bushey

Ansell Chimneys really are the experts, If you are experiencing a lack of draw on a chimney, or smoke finding its way back into your room, give us a call; we are always very happy to provide advice on what could potentially be a life threatening situation.

Ansell Chimneys advice is free of charge. If you can't use your fire because it's dangerous, you will be missing out on the homely glow a real fire brings during the winter months. So why not give us a call and get that open fire up and running again.

Cost of chimney sweeping services

Our prices are based on the property location and number of chimneys that need sweeping. Please contact us for a no obligation quote. As Bushey is not far from our head office, jobs here will not attract a higher quote.

Birds nests and blockage removal in Bushey

One of the first signs that an animal is making a home, or has previously made one in your chimney is that there will be twigs, leaves or other debris in the fireplace that has fallen from above. The most frequent culprits that like to set up residence in your chimneys tend to be some of the carrion birds, such as crows and magpies and occasionaly squirrels. There are plenty of these creatures around Bushey and as the town expands, their natural habitat is decreased. This simply means they will look for an alternative place to roost or nest, as the number of trees diminishes.

Any obstruction in a chimney can be potentially lethal! It's not just the solid fuel fires that are a problem either, even a gas fire will release carbon monoxide back into the living space if it can't escape safely up the chimney. When it comes to a fire that burns solid fuels, the chimney can become blocked resulting in smoke coming back into the room or a chimney fire could start, causing a huge amount of expensive damage to the rest of your home.

If you think there is a blockage in your chimney, don't wait for something bad to happen, give us a call immediately. We will remove the blockage and in doing so, be in a better position to tell you why it happened in the first place. For example, there may be a loose or dislodged brick or piece of mortar. It may even be a nest from a bird or squirrel and a bird cap or cowl may well be the answer to prevent it happening again in the future.

Because birds eggs and nests are protected by law in England and Wales and that there may be hatched baby birds in a nest, we will not remove nests during the breeding season, which is May & June, this ensures that the young have had a good chance to leave the nest. After all, there are fewer birds around Bushey already because of loss of habitat, light pollution and the increase in the number of cats that are kept as pets. Ansell Chimneys like to ensure that we don't contribute to the decline of our little feathered friends.

Bird cages, caps and cowls fitted in Bushey

Should your chimney require a cap or cowl, Ansell Chimneys will have the one to suit your property to protect against the following:

  • Birds or squirrels getting into and possibly nesting in the chimney
  • Our caps and cowls prevent rain from getting into the chimney
  • A good quality cowl or cap stops down drafts
  • To prevent bird and rain entry to a disused chimney, leaving the homeowner with an option to start using a fire in the future without having to clear many years build up of debris.

It is vital to fit the correct type of bird cage, cowl or cap, or problems may occur. With Ansell Chimneys valuable experience, we can identify your particular needs and advise you on the correct type for your situation. We will also look at the other houses nearby to ensure we fit one that is in keeping with the Bushey area.

Ansell Chimneys fit all the major types of cages, caps and cowls, so let us know what you want to keep out of your chimney and we can tell you what would be the best option for you.

Ansell Chimneys have a selection of cowls in our vans to demonstrate what they look like and what they are most effective at keeping out of the chimney. We will then arrange to come back to Bushey to install the correct cap or cowl to your chimney.

Fitting the caps and cowls is a relatively straightforward job and we do everything we can to avoid the need for scaffolding or other specialised access equipment, a ladder will usually be sufficient.

Fortunately, Bushey is well within our 'areas covered' range so this will not push the price up at all for either chimney sweeping or bird caps and cowl fitting.

Smoke tests

After Ansell Chimneys have swept your chimney, we carry out a quick, simple but effective test to ensure there is the correct draw and no smoke or other pollutants can flow back into your living space. This is quite simply a match-like device that smokes profusely when burnt and is placed just above the site of the fire. If the smoke is neatly drawn up the chimney, the fire will be safe to use.

So if you live in Bushey and need your chimney swept, why not call or email Ansell Chimneys and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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