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Sbrinz 20.01.2015 13:52

Re: Chimney Sweep...
 
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Originally Posted by SOBEIT (Post 2323263)
Seven years on, anyone recommend a chimney sweep in and around Zh?

Get a small boy and a long rope, then pull him up, and then down. It used to work this way.

chrisIDS 20.01.2015 14:35

Re: Sex [Fireplace Chimney Check]
 
Just had ours inspected. We were not planning to, but we had a peek through the inspection cover in the attic, and discovered that a chunk of the liner was 'not there'. I suspect it's been like that for years.

Cue chimney sweep. He said, yes it needs to be repaired, you can contact this local guy, but you can go on using the fireplace it in the meantime, as otherwise it's fine.

Local guy came around, said yup, 15 min job to fix. He came around again about 7 yesterday evening, and repaired it.

Now he will contact the chimney sweep via the secret handshake channels so that he can come around and clean it.

I was expecting the worst case - i.e., "oh, well, you need a new chimney liner for ca. 2x10^6 CHF mate", but it wasn't so.

Phil_MCR 20.01.2015 14:53

Re: Sex [Fireplace Chimney Check]
 
I think we can call read between the lines here...

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Originally Posted by Mikers (Post 2323131)
..has nothing to do with this posting, which concerns Chimney servicing in Switzerland.

[wink wink]

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Originally Posted by Mikers (Post 2323131)
enjoying the heat of our wood burning away

don't we all! it is a primal pleasure for men

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Originally Posted by Mikers (Post 2323131)
it makes me wonder about whether a chimney-check is either recommended (what frequency ?)

it is good that you are thinking about safe "chimney sweeping". it always wise to take precautions and even if you are enjoying the same chimney regularly, or whether you like to burn your wood in different fireplaces it doesn't hurt to have regular check-ups.


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Originally Posted by Mikers (Post 2323131)
or knowing Switzerland more likely its a law. Can anyone help with any information about what is required ?

i would suggest you visit your doctor in the first instance and if necessary he can refer you to the right specialist or clinics.


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Originally Posted by Mikers (Post 2323131)
thanks

you're welcome.

[mods: please delete all other posts not relevant to the topic :P ]

Guest 20.01.2015 16:01

Re: Chimney Sweep...
 
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Originally Posted by Sbrinz (Post 2323282)
Get a small boy and a long rope, then pull him up, and then down. It used to work this way.

That certainly explains a few things then ;)

Landers 03.05.2019 15:06

Re: Chimney Sweep...[Fireplace Chimney Check]
 
So we had the chimney sweep in again. The small fireplace has been unused for like 5 years. The guy spent less than 20 minutes in the apartment. Sat in front of the fireplace on his phone with the vacuum running but not doing anything. Eventually left saying he would note that it was unused. Then he stood outside for 15 minutes and every so often went downstairs in the lift carrying a single item each time.
I just got the bill: 140 CHF including 10CHF for the dust mat that he reused for all three flats. Flat fee for chimney sweeping and a flat fee for "oven" cleaning (which was more), even though it was clean already. Fee for disposal of old coals of which there was none and flat fee for office administration (I guess pulling figures out of your ...um... air takes some work)

If the charge is the same for all three flats with chimneys that's 420CHF or so per hour, including his time-wasting. BTW this is Fred Senn AG Kaminfeger, for Basel.

Phil_MCR 09.09.2020 16:48

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Originally Posted by NotAllThere (Post 1507063)
Five years in our house... and now we have a sweep. Can't get rid of them. Apparently snipers and mantraps are illegal.

For anyone in Baselland, the relevant laws and tariffs are here:

Laws: http://www.baselland.ch/761-111-htm.301803.0.html
Fees: http://www.baselland.ch/761-17-htm.301805.0.html

Nice work if you can get it - 60CHF just for turning up. It's going to be fun. We don't use our fireplace, haven't in 5 years and never intend to use it. Our heating is gas, and we have a service contract which gets it serviced every year.

We'll have a chat with our Gemeinde office tomorrow, and with the company that services our boiler. Any bill we get will be gone over with a fine-toothed comb.

Our next door neighbours are going to have even more fun. They removed their fireplace four years ago...

Anyone have recent information regarding the requirement in Basel Land? I recall they were getting rid of the requirement in Basel Stadt, but I wasn't sure if it went through and whether BL did the same.

I received a card in the post from the local KF.

Oh wait. Found this: https://www.binningen.ch/de/dienstle...egedienst%20ab.

aSwissInTheUS 09.09.2020 17:34

Re: Chimney Sweep...
 
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Originally Posted by Phil_MCR (Post 3215803)
Anyone have recent information regarding the requirement in Basel Land?

Oh wait. Found this: https://www.binningen.ch/de/dienstle...egedienst%20ab.

In English: You still have to get the chimney swept in Basel Land but it is now a free market system. You can choose your favorite chimney sweeper.


NotAllThere 09.09.2020 17:46

Re: Chimney Sweep...[Fireplace Chimney Check]
 
And it's your responsibility to make sure it's clean.

Phil_MCR 09.09.2020 17:58

Re: Chimney Sweep...[Fireplace Chimney Check]
 
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Originally Posted by NotAllThere (Post 3215833)
And it's your responsibility to make sure it's clean.

I couldn't see anything in the law that refers to cleaning. I already have an annual inspection by the city to ensure that emissions from the oil heater are OK. I wonder whether this already covers the requirement.

John_H 09.09.2020 18:08

Re: Chimney Sweep...[Fireplace Chimney Check]
 
This reminds me.. Our sweep was here in May/June..

I've no idea what I did with the bill.. Hope they forget!


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