Chim­ney-Sweep­ing and the new By-laws

Montreal Times - - NEWS - By Ryan Dohnalek Mon­treal Times

Val from Mon­treal Chim­ney

'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. 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. 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 Bea­cons­field

Cote St Luc Dol­lard des Ormeaux

Dor­val Hamp­stead


L'ile Dor­val Mon­treal East Mon­treal West Mount Royal

Pointe - Claire

Saint Anne de Belle­vue West­mount

Sen­neville 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 re­open 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.mon­tre­alchim­


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