Many are keeping warm this winter with fires, but in order to do this safely it’s important to keep your chimney clean.
One Fruitvale resident found out the hard way that he needs to keep his chimney clean; his attic was set on fire because of a dirty chimney. It’s recommended that you inspect your chimney once a year to find cracks and soot build up before they become even bigger problems.
A chimney should be cleaned after burning four to five cords of fire wood, which is about a dump truck full of Duraflames. Mild winters pose a bigger threat to chimneys than more severe winters because the heat is lower and does not burn all those toxins that get caught in the chimney.