The Importance of Chimney Sweeping

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The Importance of Chimney Sweeping

When was the last time you called out the sweep? If you enjoy a roaring fire at your house in France, then it’s well worth checking your home insurance policy to find out how often the chimney has to be swept.

Rules differ. Some policies will specify that the chimney must be swept annually or biannualy. In the event of a chimney fire, a certificat de ramonage (cleaning certificate) will be required as proof that your duty has been fulfilled.

So make absolutely sure that your sweep is a professional tradesperson and can provide you with this document. Over the winter, when more of us are lighting fires inside, it pays to make sure that you’re covered. A chimney sweep is known as a ramoneur in France

The insurance certificate it not the only reason to call the ramoneur. There are other benefits to having your chimney swept on a regular basis. It will help make your home energy efficient and create a healthier and safer environment to live in. In addition, a good ramoneur will alert you if there is anything in your installation that needs maintenance or replacement.

You can call your ramoneur at any time of year, but if you want to have your chimney swept in the autumn, when the rush starts, expect a delay. If you have had a log burner installed, you should be able to call on the same people for its maintenance.

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  •  John Carston
    2022-03-19 06:55:01
    John Carston
    I like how you mentioned that checking your chimney is important if you are always using it. My cousin informed me that he intends to get their chimney cleaned due to dirt and age, and he asked if I had any recommendations. Thank you for your informative article, and I'll be sure to remind him that it's much better if he consults a reputable chimney cleaning service, since they can answer any of his questions.

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  •  Taylor Hicken
    2021-07-30 04:27:23
    Taylor Hicken
    I liked it when you shared that it is great to hire a reliable chimney cleaning service that can help make your home a healthier and safer environment to live in. My uncle just mentioned the other day that he is going to move to another house that used to belong to his late father and it comes with a chimney. I will suggest to him hiring a reliable service that can help clean it before he moves in.

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  •  Ella Starr
    2021-07-22 06:27:03
    Ella Starr
    Thank you for talking about how a chimney sweep helps your home to be more energy-efficient! My husband and I are moving into an older home this summer. We will find a reputable chimney sweep service locally as well.

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  • JJ
    2017-02-17 11:00:12
    JJ
    Don't suppose Pro Sweep is in Rochefort way early March and assuming that his certificate is accepted by the French and the insurance companies.?

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  • vincentj
    2016-05-05 08:09:36
    vincentj
    Awesome Articles For Chimney Sweep :good:

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  • pro sweep
    2015-01-17 21:28:50
    pro sweep
    I am a chimney sweep based in the UK. I am a HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep and there are not that many of us in the UK as sweeping is not regulated and therefore I have invested my own time and money in training courses and the latest rotary and cctv equipment. What you said above is very common place in the UK. Myself on average spend an hour minimum to sweep a flue or liner, carry out cctv inspection of the flue and smoke evacuation test the stove. At the end of the job you get a written report and any necessary safety advice. Once I'm happy with the installation you then get issued a sweeping insurance certificate. I used to come to the Dordogne every year for a month to sweep Brit owner properties for insurance polices including a couple of chateau's. One final note is that I've yet to come across a clean customers chimney, that they've been cleaning themselves!! Regards Mark Hart

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    • Sandi
      2017-01-02 22:47:15
      Sandi
      Hi Mark Would would it take to get trained as you are and is the certificate valid in France as my partner is interested in training as a sweep now that we have moved to France

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  • gwennog41
    2014-10-20 14:48:06
    gwennog41
    If you had done it properly there would be nothing to catch fire.

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    • shatch1
      2014-10-20 17:18:28
      shatch1
      Fair comment! Thanks

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  • shatch1
    2014-10-18 18:23:08
    shatch1
    Oh good, I would much rather do it myself and save the money but how would i prove i had done it if I had a fire, any ideas that insurance companies accept welcome.

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  • gwennog41
    2014-10-18 08:49:56
    gwennog41
    Of course you can sweep your own chimney and thus make sure that it is done properly. €60 or more for 15 minutes work does not seem to me to be a fair price to pay especially when you find, on fitting a new liner, that the original one only extended about 2 metres upwards and none of the sweeps had ever noticed!

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  • shatch1
    2014-10-18 08:00:46
    shatch1
    What happens if you sweep the chimney yourselves?

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