The chimney sweep consists of cleaning the inside of the conduct of all the soot and deposits built up by a use of it. This operation has a dual purpose. That of allowing a better draft and therefore saving on fuel but above all it reduces the risk of fire starting in your chimney.
You can do a simple sweeping that consists of cleaning the flue and nothing else. You can also request a complete sweeping that includes cleaning the flue, checking the pipes connections, the chimney insulation, cleaning the grids and the fireplace.
This maintenance is mandatory for fireplaces and stoves. If you have a combustion boiler, the heating engineer will do at least one check during the annual maintenance of your boiler.
The regulation applicable to chimney sweeping is fixed at the local level by prefectoral or municipal decree. These rules are stipulated in the departmental health regulations (réglement sanitaire départemental) available in town hall. However, for most parts, the sweeping is required a minimum of once a year.
Chimney sweeping is the responsibility of the person living in the dwelling and using the chimney or boiler. This mean that in case of a lease, it is the tenant who is responsible for having the chimney swept and the maintenance of the boiler.
However, if you depend on a collective heating, it is up to the trustee to take care of it. To be noted that when you live in a condominium, the use of chimneys can sometimes be prohibited in the condo rules.
Once the maintenance of your heating done, the professional will issue you a certificate that you need to keep. This could be requested by your home insurer, and in case of sale of your property by the notary in charge of that sale.
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