PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) –
If you don’t remember the last time you had your chimney cleaned, it means you’re probably overdue.
“The first cold day, there’s always a few chimney fires,” said Tony Mensi with Reliable Chimney Sweep.
Mensi said the Valley’s short burn season leads to people not cleaning their chimneys as often as they should.
“Here in Arizona, it’s 115. Who’s thinking of cleaning the chimney?” he said.
The National Fire Protection Association says unclean chimneys are a leading cause of house fires and recommends cleaning your chimney once a year. The problem is the soot left behind from past fires.
“It’s more or less gun powder without flash powder,” Mensi said.
If you do have a chimney fire, Mensi said it will sound like a jet plane and that the best thing to do is close the flue to cut off oxygen from the fire.
Mensi said that after a fire burns, wait until the next morning to shut the flue. He also said that forgetting to close your chimney flue after the burn season can cost you money when the summer heats up.
The AC unit will end up pumping air that escapes through the chimney, and Mensi said that can add as much as $30 to your monthly bill.
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