No one wants an unplanned visit from the fire department.
Sandy and Doug Hamilton, owners of Rim Country Chimney Sweep, say cleaning a chimney annually is one way to keep firefighters away.
The Hamiltons started Rim Country Chimney Sweep last year after moving to the area from Mesa.
They say many homes have a dangerous buildup of creosote in their chimney. Creosote is a natural byproduct of burning wood.
It can take on many appearances from soot and ash, to sticky, tacky and a runny tar glaze to dry honeycombs and curly flakes. All pose a fire hazard, say the Hamiltons.
“We suggest getting chimneys cleaned out once a year,” Sandy said.
Payson’s fire marshal suggests cleaning chimneys at least once a season.
If people use their fireplaces heavily, cleaning them in the spring helps avoid the unpleasant smell of a damp and musty, dirty fireplace, she said.
Although the Hamiltons are fairly new Payson residents, Doug has worked in the area for many summers as a professional painter. He continues that work once the winter chimney sweep season ends.
Before any cleaning, the Hamiltons make a thorough chimney inspection.
Most cleanings take an hour.
The Hamiltons say they appreciate the small-town atmosphere of Payson and look forward to working with area residents and keeping them safe.
To contact Rim Country Chimney Sweep, call (928) 474-3281 or e-mail rimcountry firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rim Country Chimney Sweep is licensed and bonded.