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Chimney Sweep History

History always has a way of capturing our attention. The chimney sweeping trade has an interesting past and some fun facts that aren’t widely known.

Question: Did you know why chimney sweeps used to dress up in such formal tuxedos?

Answer: The cheapest clothes available to sweeps were undertakers clothes!

Pattercant

Pattercant is a form of slang that chimney sweeps would use to communicate with each other and test each other to see how long the other guy had been in the trade.

“If one sweep met another strange member of the trade, to detect whether he was a greenhorn, as a novice was termed, the first would say, “Can you patter cant? (speak slang)?”  and, if a veteran, the stranger would reply, “Oh, yes, I know; nix is nothing, and a penny roll is a win buster,” and directly they were hail friends well met. Doubtless the slang helped them occasionally to cover mischievous designs, as their cant words of warning were given to the rogue in time to escape with stolen booty, ere the owner, who is termed the splorger, or the skuffer, a cant name for police, understood that was the man they should have arrested. In another case, where the master sweep had the boy up a chimney difficult to ascend, and the mistress had refused to give as much for the sweeping as he demanded, he would put his head under the cloth before the grate, and call out, “Now, boy, are you near the top?” when an indistinct reply descended, which indicated he was not getting on very well. “That’s right, my lad, pike the lew,” meaning burk the top; then the lad would cry, “All up,” and come gently down, leaving the top part of the chimney full of sooty for some other better-paid sweep to clear away.  But the mistress was not always to be deceived like that; she would insist upon seeing the boy’s head or scraper out at the top of the chimney, and slang words were of no avail at such times. Housekeepers, as a rule, had an unjust suspicion of chimney-sweeps’ movements while on their premises, therefore how needful it was they could apprise each other of the keen observation. Who could blame them, if they pattered cant – this, talked slang – in order to avoid running any risks?

History is fun, especially when looking at an old trade like chimney sweeping history!

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    I can't stress enough how glad I am to have found these guys. Honest, reliable and affordable. Truly enjoyed working with them.

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    Jason Allen came out to clean and inspect my chimney and wood burning stove. He did an outstanding job. He explained what he was doing and why. He showed me how the stove worked and was very careful to make no mess. He even went up on my roof to check the chimney from outside. I highly recommend, Midtown Chimney Sweeps and Jason Allen! Mike Holmes

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    I am very satisfied and pleased with the work done by Jason from Midtown Sweeps. 1. He was professional, smart and very knowledgable about the chimney, the fireplace and general information. 2. He has a pleasant personality, which made the whole experience enjoyable. I will use again for next cleaning and inspection.

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    Had them come to do a chimney sweep and dryer vent clean for a condo I just purchased. They were efficient and amazingly helpful, performing the chimney sweep efficiently and going way above and beyond on the dryer vent clean! They found a bird's nest that had been lodged in the dryer vents and was a possible fire hazard - and took care of it and cleaned everything perfectly. I will definitely use them again for future annual chimney sweeps and would highly recommend the to anyone around! Thank you so much!

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    Awesome! I had Byron come service the chimney/fireplace of my new home before winter sets in. What incredible, friendly, and knowledgable service. I will definitely use them again. I hugely recommend them to anyone needing their chimney/fireplace services.

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    Tikar was really professional, punctual and got straight to work. He answered all of my questions and gave me some helpful info about the wood burning stove since I've never used one before. Thank you, Tikar!

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    I've used these guys twice and had an excellent experience both time. Scheduling is easy and communication with the company is very professional. They were very conscientious about putting down drop cloths and keeping everything clean. And they went way above and beyond providing excellent service. I had bought a remote for our propane fireplace a year before and never installed it for myself. When Midtown installed it and it didn't work right away, they personally took it back the place from whom I'd made the purchase to troubleshoot before returning to complete the installation. And spent a ton of extra time on the return trip because they discovered a gasket on that fireplace needed to be replaced and they did it right then and there. I can't say enough good things about these guys!

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    The Midtown Chimney Sweep's representative that came to my home was very professional, knowledgable, and helpful! He answered all the questions I had and helped me fix a gas fireplace I had been having problems with for years! Best experience I've had with a chimney sweep service in years! I will be using this company again!

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    Great customer service and really helpful!!

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    My experience with Midtown Sweeps was primarily through their employee, Jason Allen, who was polite, efficient and knowledgeable. The top of one of my fireplace chimneys had blown off during a major windstorm which is common in Evergreen. I also had a problem with a woodpecker getting in the chimney and wood-pecking on it at all times of the day and night. Jason efficiently climbed on the roof and replaced the chimney top and we had a fun discussion about woodpeckers. If Jason represents Midtown Sweeps as a typical employee, then I recommend the company at a high level and would recommend the company to anyone who needs chimney support.

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