Chimney Sweeper Keeping Homes Safe

Doug Hamilton started Rim Country Chimney Sweep last year with his wife, Sandy. The pair say an annual inspection and chimney sweep are needed to clean out creosote.

Doug Hamilton started Rim Country Chimney Sweep last year with his wife, Sandy. The pair say an annual inspection and chimney sweep are needed to clean out creosote.

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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 chimneysweep@gmail.com.

Rim Country Chimney Sweep is licensed and bonded.

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