East Devon 01395 278228

Sweeping, Surveying & Maintenance


 About us


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From historic buildings to thatched properties

Sweeping, Inspecting & Maintenance practitioners serving Exmouth and East Devon.

Since training with the Guild of master Sweepers, I have endeavoured to add to my knowledge. I have completed courses in Historic Buildings, Thatched Properties, Chimney Surveying and subsequently been awarded Master Sweep status from the Guild. 


I completed the NVQ qualification in Chimney Sweeping, and most recently apllied to undertake the pilot NVQ L3 course.  I aim to continue to build my knowledge so that I can the best service and most up to date advice for my customers.


We carry out all types of chimney services and stove maintenance, if you would like some advice of have a question please contact us so we can help.

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We're located in Exmouth, Devon

 We cover Exmouth, Exeter and all nearby areas of Devon in the South West

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Our services include

  • Chimney sweeping - domestic and commercial including problem solving

  • Stove maintenance

  • Nest removal and bird/pest protection

  • Cowl fitting and advice

  • Chimney fan installation and servicing

  • CreAway creosote/tar treatment

  • Draught testing and advice

  • Survey and Inspection

  • Chimney integrity testing

  • Chimney pot/crown repairs and replacement

Company history

More about us.

Chris Bateman learned his trade as a chimney in Bristol in the late eighties after leaving the Royal Marines. Chris was a sweep for 20 years before he took Jim under his wing and taught him the trade over a 12 month period. Since Chris’ retirement, Jim took over the business to provide the same first class service to current and future clients and the company has since been re-named.

Jim Burston –

I retired from the Royal Marines after a 26 year career seeking new challenges. I was fortunate to be put in touch with Chris where I immediately agreed to learn under his tutelage and eventually take over the business.  I subsequently completed further training with HETAS at the SureFire Training Centre at Ripley, and more in-depth sweeps training with the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps with on-site training  under Master Trainer, Dave Wooffindin.  I have also been fortunate enough to one of the first batch of sweeps in the South West to undertake NVQ training and assessment, and further training from Chris and Phil at Chimney Skills Training.

I live in Exmouth where I am married with 3 children.  I enjoy walking my dogs and cycling.

If you have any questions about sweeping, Stoves, maintenance or any of our services, or perhaps you would like some advice on a problem, please get in touch. We provide many services like flue CCTV inspecting, draft testing, integrity testing and even nest removal. We can repair pots and crowns and installl chimney fans so send us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 

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