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Old 06.11.2008, 12:13
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Chimney Sweep...[Fireplace Chimney Check]

I keep getting hassled by the local chimney sweep, who wants to sweep our chimney....I keep trying to explain to him, that we don't use the fireplace. Anyway his latest argument is that it's the law that all chimney's have to swept once a year regardless if it used or not....Is this true??

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Old 06.11.2008, 12:20
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Re: Chimney Sweep...

As far as I know, it is mandatory that chimneys have to be cleaned periodically. It's a requirement of the Cantonal Fire Police and the building insurance. It's probably best to check with your local authorities on this. If you live in your own house then it's your responsibility; if you live in a rented apartment, check with the rental agency.

Here's a link for the Canton Zurich - pages 5, 6, 7 show which kind of heating systems' chimneys have to be professionally cleaned how often:
http://www.gvz.ch/FEUERPOLIZEI/Porta...ngsanlagen.pdf

P.S. I just saw that if a chimney is used only very seldom (or, in your case, not at all) then it must still be checked periodically (this applies for Cant. Zurich). The relevant Cantonal department will be able to tell you how often.

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Old 06.11.2008, 12:33
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Re: Chimney Sweep...

In the canton of Vaud it is a legal requirement. The receipt is your proof that it was cleaned if there is a fire in the building.

I rent the apt. and I pay for the cleaning. This may of course vary by the rental agreement that you have.
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Re: Chimney Sweep...

The chimney for your oil or gas fired boiler needs to be cleaned once per year by law.

My experience is that there is no legal requirement for normal fireplace chimneys (my chimney sweep refused to clean ours saying it wasn't dirty enough)
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Re: Chimney Sweep...

I refused to have the 1 metre long flue of my gas central heating boiler swept by our local sweep.

They announced they were coming by post card and arrived as they had promised with dirty faces top hats and coils of chimney clean things. I asked how much it would cost. They replied that it was the accounts department that sent out bills and they didn't know.

I also asked them if could tell me how much soot is produced by a gas heating boiler. They had no idea, so I enlightened them: none.

They threatened to inform the fire police. Who indeed phoned the next day to explain that it was a Cantonal law (ZH) that all heating chimney should be swept every 2 years. I asked why we had not seen a chimney sweep for the 5 previous years - no answer.

I asked the soot question. He at least knew that only CO2 and water are produced. I informed him that there are approximately 15 million gas boilers in the UK and wondered if he could tell me how many were swept. The answer is none.

In the end the Fire guy agreed that it was stupid and that like typewriter repair men, our local chimney sweeps should seek new employment and that if I took full responsibility for the chimney I could be exempt.

I should add that we paid over CHF400 for a service/maintenance contract and even paid the Fire Police CHF35 to inspect the system when commissioned.

So tell them to clear off. If you don't let them in the the door they can do nothing...
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Re: Chimney Sweep...

Many thanks to all replies...I do live in Vaud..so perhaps I will be less dismissive when he next calls

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Re: Chimney Sweep...

We use our fire most nights in the winter, so are happy to have a sweep once a year, here in Fribourg it costs CHf85 so feel it's worth it considering the amount of use our fire has.
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The chimney for your oil or gas fired boiler needs to be cleaned once per year by law.

My experience is that there is no legal requirement for normal fireplace chimneys (my chimney sweep refused to clean ours saying it wasn't dirty enough)

In the canton of Vaud, you have to clean fireplace chimneys. It is confirmed that the renter pays for the cleaning unless you have a rental agreement that includes all expenses. Details/link in French:

http://www.ramoneurs-vd.ch/proprieta...s_ramonage.htm
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Here's a link for the Canton Zurich - pages 5, 6, 7 show which kind of heating systems' chimneys have to be professionally cleaned how often:
http://www.gvz.ch/FEUERPOLIZEI/Porta...ngsanlagen.pdf

P.S. I just saw that if a chimney is used only very seldom (or, in your case, not at all) then it must still be checked periodically (this applies for Cant. Zurich). The relevant Cantonal department will be able to tell you how often.
Wanted to ask about a chimney sweep, and by the powers of search came across this thread. We are in the Canton of Zuerich, and going by the PDF linked above, we just need to get the chimney (not main source of heating, will only occasionally be used, and just for wood) checked out every 5 years.

Will post back how much it cost onece done.
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I keep getting hassled by the local chimney sweep, who wants to sweep our chimney....I keep trying to explain to him, that we don't use the fireplace. Anyway his latest argument is that it's the law that all chimney's have to swept once a year regardless if it used or not....Is this true??

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Are you in a flat or your own house? What sort of central heating have you got?

In Neuchatel it is compulsory. We have to pay ECAP which is a compulsory fire insurance, no choice in the matter. The Commune would send the cops if you refused, and your fire insurance would be nul and void in case of a fire- even if the cause is totally separate from your chimney. My old dad complained to his mate who was the chimney sweep that it was a licence to print money, the guy replied 'Ben André, t'avais qu'à faire ramoneur' in his strong Bernese accent
'Well André, why didn't you become a chimney sweep'.

We use our wood burner all the time though, and have oil central heating- so fair enough.
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Re: Chimney Sweep...

The other responses are correct... it is the law. Our guy comes twice a year (whether we want him to or not)
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Does anyone know if it also is the local sweep who has to come by and approve a new fireplace/"Sweden Ofen"?

I have ditched the old one and will soon be putting up a new one on the exact same spot.

It is in Graubünden ;-)

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Does anyone know if it also is the local sweep who has to come by and approve a new fireplace/"Sweden Ofen"?

I have ditched the old one and will soon be putting up a new one on the exact same spot.

It is in Graubünden ;-)
Just asked my husband and he said yes... you need to contact them to inspect correct installation and what not
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Does anyone know if it also is the local sweep who has to come by and approve a new fireplace/"Sweden Ofen"?

I have ditched the old one and will soon be putting up a new one on the exact same spot.

It is in Graubünden ;-)
It is more likely to be the Feuerpolizei who will need to inspect it. They will charge for the inspection too, but not nearly as much as the leaches called chimney sweeps...
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Re: Chimney Sweep...

Being Switzerland, this is different from one canton to the next.
Nevertheless, having your chimney swept is a legal obligation most places. In the canton of Vaud where I live the chimney sweeps are in a closed guild so you don't have a choice. Having said that, the person (actually a lady) who comes to our place is very pleasant and polite about the whole business.
The central heating gets checked every year and that includes a check of the emissions to ensure that they are in conformance with legislation (with the appropriate sticker give as a reward). The living room fireplace, she usually pokes her head up quickly and it only gets swept if she decides it's necessary (every 3 or 4 years or so). We don't get charged for her poking her head into the fireplace.
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Re: Chimney Sweep...

Seven years on, anyone recommend a chimney sweep in and around Zh?
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Get a small boy and a long rope, then pull him up, and then down. It used to work this way.
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Just asked my husband and he said yes... you need to contact them to inspect correct installation and what not
Ok.....say thanks to hubby.
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Sex [Fireplace Chimney Check]

..has nothing to do with this posting, which concerns Chimney servicing in Switzerland.

We have recently bought a house which has a working fireplace. While we are enjoying the heat of our wood burning away, it makes me wonder about whether a chimney-check is either recommended (what frequency ?) or knowing Switzerland more likely its a law. Can anyone help with any information about what is required ?

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Made me look though!
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