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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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Chimney sweeper keeping homes safe

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.

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