The sealed up fireplace and the 2 with 70s gas fires I have just opened seem to have been properly capped, but not properly ventilated or swept, when they were sealed up.
I'm sure other people had dads like this, but I also just found a new set of chimney brushes in the cellar that he bought in about 1980 before we put the second lot of log burners in at home after we had the chimney fire where the first one set fire to the wooden beams which the Jacobeans had built across the chimney shaft.
They were never used since the Boss said No.
Has anyone swept a chimney? Any gotchas to watch out for?
Essential equipment seems to be:
Henry Hoover, dust for the recovery of. Check.
Poly-sheet and sticky tape, lounge for the protection of. Check.
Dustpan and brush. Check.
Sprayer, dust clouds for the laying of. Check.
iPod tape of Mary Poppins. Check.
My risks are low as the room is to be gutted and redecorated.