what do you risk by not sweeping your chimney?

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Sweeping chimney flues is a legal obligation. If you don’t, you risk a fine. In addition, your home insurance may reduce your compensation in the event of a claim. So, when and how to clean your chimney flues?

Chimney sweeping, a legal obligation

The Act requires occupants of dwellings to clean their chimney flues. This obligation protects you against the risks of toxic fumes and fires linked to chimney fires.

If you forget or do not sweep, you risk a fine of max 450 euro.

Sweeping consists of cleaning the inside wall of a chimney. The aim is to remove deposits and soot, in order to secure the installation.

Who pays for chimney sweeping?

It’s here person using the fireplace who has to pay the sweeping costs. Therefore, if you are a tenant of your accommodation, you must pay the sweeping costs. If, on the other hand, you are the owner of the property and you occupy it, this charge is yours.

Who sweeps the pipes?

Chimney sweeping is subject to specific regulations, procedures and hygiene rules. Therefore, only one specialized chimney sweep is qualified to sweep a chimney.

As an individual, so you can’t bang alone your chimney flues.

When to clean chimney flues?

In general, the departments require their chimneys to be swept 1 to 2 times a year. Feel free to check the standard departmental health regulations (RSDT): it is this document which specifies the frequency of compulsory sweeping. You can consult it at the town hall or at the prefecture.

Does home insurance cover chimney damage?

The answer depends on your status.

You are a tenant

Tenants’ home insurance covers damage caused by a chimney fire. Indeed, all contracts, including the basic formulas, include the fire guarantee.

You are the owner

Only multi-risk home insurance covers fire risks. Consequently, you will only be covered if you have taken out the appropriate guarantees.

In any case, be careful: insurers set terms to compensate insured victims of a fire. In the event of a chimney-related accident, you must be able to prove that you have complied with your sweeping obligation. Without this, you risk not receiving compensation! Remember to keep the certificate/sweeping certificate provided by the professional.

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