There’s no smoke without fire
Fire damage resulting from a chimney fire is one of the most common insurance claims in France.
Any chimney that is in use needs to be swept at least once per year. Many INSURERS will NOT pay out for fire damage without a cleaning certificate (“certificat de ramonage“) which your chimney sweep (ramoneur) will leave you when he cleans your chimney.
Of course, the most important reason for keeping your chimney clean is the risk of fire and the danger of breathing in carbon monoxide which stays in the house instead of being released through the chimney.
CAUSES OF CHIMNEY FIRES
The smoke produced by a wood burning fire contains unburned wood particles which leave condensation on the walls of the chimney as the smoke cools.
A thick residue (creosote) can build up with each new fire you light. This residue is both corrosive and very inflammable, and if left over a long period could ignite and cause a chimney fire.
High temperature of a chimney fire could quickly cause the inside liner of the chimney to expand and crack, eventually turning into a full-on house fire if not caught in time and put out by firefighters.
Watch out too for blockages caused by birds’ nests or other nesting critters
Useful vocab with ‘bois’ (wood)
gueule de bois – hangover
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