Chimney sweeping

The number of fires caused by fireplaces and their flues is low in the Helsinki Rescue Services’ area. A central factor in this low number is that the fireplaces are maintained well.  The reasons for fires caused by fireplaces or flues are sparks from the fireplace, insufficient distance from burning materials and, in some cases, defects in fireplaces and flues, over-heating and too much soot in the flue.

The property owner/occupant has a statutory obligation to ensure regular sweeping. Regular chimney sweeping ensures that the fireplaces and flues are in a safe condition. Sweeping and cleaning also help to achieve significant energy-savings and decrease air impurities caused by burning wood.

Chimney sweepers also clean the heating surfaces of heating boilers and inspect that the devices work correctly. They can be asked for advice in matters related to combustion, fireplaces, ventilation and fire safety. Chimney sweepers are specialists in fire prevention, buildings’ energy conservation and indoor air quality. The instructions they give should be followed and the possible recommended safety measures should be carried out in order to ensure the fire safety of your home.
District Chimney Sweepers of Helsinki

In Helsinki, chimney sweeping is performed by three private companies, who have made a sweeping agreement with the Helsinki City Rescue Department. The city has been divided into three sweeping areas.

The sweeping companies perform the fireplace and flue sweeping and cleaning work, so-called black sweeping, in their chimney sweeping areas, as defined by the Rescue Act. The master chimney sweepers participate in the inspections when necessary, and give specialist guidance concerning fireplaces and flues.

Eastern region
Consti Talotekniikka Oy
Sienitie 18 b 1, 00780 HELSINKI
Petri Valve, tel. (8am–4pm): +358(0)400-435 447, +358(0)9-851 3748

Covers the following city districts:
Itä-Pakila (northern side of Ring I), Tuomarinkylä, Pukinmäki, Malmi, Tapaninkylä, Suutarila, Suurmetsä, Viikki, Mellunkylä, Vuosaari, Vartiokylä, Ulkosaaret, Salmenkallio, Talosaari, Karhusaari, Östersundom, Ultuna

Central region
Nuohous ja ilmastointipuhdistus Rantanen Oy
Tapiolantie 1 as. 1, 00610 Helsinki
Isto Rantanen, tel. (8am–4pm): +358(0)400-703 465

Covers the following city districts:
Sörnäinen, Kallio, Alppiharju, Pasila, Hermanni, Vallila, Toukola, Kumpula, Käpylä, Koskela, Länsi-Pasila, Itä-Pakila (southern side of Ring I), Länsi-Pakila (southern side of Ring I), Vanhakaupunki, Oulunkylä, Mustikkamaa, Korkeasaari, Kulosaari, Kruununhaka, Myllypuro, Herttoniemi, Tammisalo, Marjaniemi, Vartiosaari, Laajasalo, Villinki, Santahamina, Kaartinkaupunki, Kamppi, Kluuvi, Punavuori, Eira, Ullanlinna, Katajanokka, Kaivopuisto, Taka-Töölö (eastern side of Nordenskiöldinkatu and Mechelininkatu), Etu-Töölö (eastern side of Mechelininkatu), Suomenlinna

Western region
IAQ Finland Oy
tel. (8am–4pm): +358(0)10 3877 785

Covers the following city districts:
Ruskeasuo, Laakso, Haaga, Munkkivuori, Kaarela, Konala, Pitäjänmäki, Paloheinä, Länsi-Pakila (northern side of Ring I), Meilahti, Munkkiniemi, Taka-Töölö (western side of Nordenskiöldinkatu and Mechelininkatu) Etu-Töölö (western side of Mechelininkatu), Länsisatama, Lauttasaari

Chimney sweeping areas are shown on a map here.

Chimney sweepers authorised to carry out sweeping work in Helsinki will always present an ID with the Rescue Department’s stamp.