Chimney sweeping

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Chimney sweeping is important for fire safety. When fireplaces and flues are swept regularly, they remain in safe condition and no chimney fires occur. At a chimney fire, the soot in the flue is ignited and the fire can spread in to the house or damage the chimney. A clean and swept fireplace is efficient and environmentally friendly.

The chimney sweeper is the best expert to tell you about the condition of your fireplace and flue and about fire risks, for example if the safety distances around the fireplace are too short or if there is no cover from sparks.

The fireplaces and flues at home should be swept annually. In summer cottages fireplaces and saunas should be swept every three years.

The district system of chimney sweeping expired by the end of 2017. Now the homeowner must arrange the chimney sweeping. The sweeping must be carried out by a professional chimney sweeper with a vocational qualification. Entrepreneurs in the sweeping industry can be found at or by searching with web search engines or in the local newspaper.

You can order the sweeping together with your neighbours. It is probably cheaper for you if the sweeper can make several homes or summer cottages in one trip. We recommend that you agree on the price in advance. It is also a good idea to note in the calendar when the sweeping was done, so you know when to order the next sweeping.

The house owner must ensure that the sweeper will be safe on the roof. The ladder and roof bridge must be in good condition and the sweeper should be able to move on the roof without risk of falling. Check the safety on the roof before ordering a sweeper.

Published 2018-07-03 15:30 , updated 2018-07-03 15:30

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