Montreal Chimney Sweeping new By-laws
Montreal Chimney Sweeping – ‘Tis the season to have your chimney swept and maintained, before the icy cool air rolls into town. Everyone who heats with oil, gas or wood has a chimney. Yearly maintenance ensures the good working condition of your appliance and gives you peace of mind. Some common issues including animal nesting, soot build up, deteriorating brickwork & water damage can be fixed by a chimney sweep. Montreal Chimney sweeping is a historic profession which many think has gone extinct, however having your chimney cleaned and inspected is still important as ever.
There seems to be a smokey haze of misinformation about Montreal’s new bylaw that will be cleared up in this article and Montreal Chimney Sweeping. People have heard that wood burning will soon be banned – Not true! There are new models of EPA certified fireplace inserts & wood burning stoves which do conform to the new standard 2.5g/h emissions. These modern fireplaces are super efficient and also generate a considerable amount of heat. You can still cherish the fond smell of wood and a warm fire promising romance & ambiance.
Currently all citizens can still heat their home using wood burning, except for on smog alert days, which are announced on local radio & weather services. Starting October 1st 2018 people living in the 19 buroughs of Ville de Montreal will only be able to use their fireplace after a 3 hour power failure or if their appliance emits less than 2.5 grams per hour emission particles. In other words, old fashioned fireplaces will only be used for emergencies. A new insert will be needed for normal fireplace use if you live in the city of Montreal.
If you live in the 15 demerged boroughs you can still use your fireplace freely with the exception of smog alert days. The following buroughs have not changed their bylaw:
- Baie d’Urfe
- Cote St Luc
- Dollard des Ormeaux
- L’ile Dorval
- Montreal East
- Montreal West
- Mount Royal
- Pointe – Claire
- Saint Anne de Bellevue
We spoke to Valerie Adams of Montreal Chimneys, the only female chimney specialist in the region, about the fate of her profession:
“Wherever you live, chimney maintenance is still necessary to keep your home safe. Small repairs can make a big difference before damage gets worse and more expensive.” Says Valerie, who has over 10 years of experience, she goes on to explain, “If you are not going to use your fireplace we can seal the chimney flue with insulation and a metal crown to prevent cold drafts, and water infiltration. It will help you to save on heating bills. Later, if you choose to upgrade we can easily re-open the crown and install a wood burning appliance that conforms to the new regulation. It is important to get a professional to check the condition of your chimney yearly or every other year. You can go outside and look up at your chimney. If you see bricks crumbling you should get that repaired before winter. A chimney crown and cap are also important.”
Valerie is a popular chimney sweep servicing the island of Montreal and surrounding areas. Customers agree that her attention to detail, professionalism and cleanliness sets her apart from other companies. Montreal Chimneys includes a visual inspection with each chimney sweep and a free estimate for repairs.
Rest assured – you may see smoke billowing from homes in the 19 Burroughs of Montreal. That would be because they have stoves that emit <2.5 grams of particles per hour. These can be installed please contact Montreal Chimneys. www.montrealchimneys.com 438-345-6687 firstname.lastname@example.org
You’re as lucky as lucky can be to see a chimney inspector & sweeper yearly!
Photo Credit Nicholas Raymond Kropotkin