Chilly weather increases risk of house fires

CBS 5 – KPHO

 

PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) –

(Source: KPHO/KTVK)

(Source: 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.

 

(Source: KPHO/KTVK)

(Source: KPHO/KTVK)

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.

 

(Source: KPHO/KTVK)

(Source: KPHO/KTVK)

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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An Arizona Home Owner’s Roof was Ripped Right Off…

An Arizona home owner’s roof was ripped right off, and Patterson Remodeling was on the scene to clean it up!

CBS 5 – KPHO

GLENDALE, AZ

Sunday’s powerful storm ripped the roof off of a home located near 43rd and Olive avenues in Glendale. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

A family whose roof was ripped right off during the storm Sunday spent Monday cleaning up.

The roof has been replaced with a tarp.

A remodeling company worked all day to tear off what was left of that roof, and a restoration company went inside to inspect the damage at the home, located near 43rd and Olive avenues.

“It ended up falling right where we were sitting,” said 13-year-old Ariana Oehl. “It was scary because I never thought something like this would happen in Arizona.”

Her 9-year-old sister was also inside the home when it happened.

“I threw my 9-year-old daughter in front of a dresser, and we heard a loud boom and it was the roof peeling off and hitting the top of the house,” said Chris Oehl. “I just wanted her to be in front of something in case something came through a window to be covered up.”

“His girlfriend told me to get headphones and watch a video, so I didn’t have to listen to the hail,” said 9-year-old Brenna Oehl. “I was thinking I was really scared because I thought it was going to collapse, but it didn’t.”

The family that lives there spent Monday cleaning and repairing. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)

A day after the storm, the family stood watching as a remodeling company ripped off the remaining parts of the roof.

“Taking it down and waiting on lead and asbestos samples, so that they can tear into it further and drying it out,” Chris Oehl said. “They’re going to tarp tonight, but they have to peel the roof from front to back. The entire house is going to be open.”

“It’s horrible now,” Brenna Oehl said.

“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Chris Oehl said.

The family and their two dogs are now going to find another place to stay, but they say they were told if they have to rebuild, that could take at least six months.

(Source: KPHO/KTVK)

Read more: http://www.kpho.com/story/30301797/family-cleans-up-storm-damage-after-wind-ripped-off-roof#ixzz3p9MgrmVM

 

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You Won’t Believe What This Contractor Did…

You Won’t Believe What This Contractor Did… Call someone you can trust like Patterson Remodeling

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“Adriana Hernandez says her kitchen is the most important part of her home.

“It’s where my family talks about day-to-day things that are going on with the kids and school,” Hernandez told 3 On Your Side. “It’s where we catch up.”

But lately, her kitchen has caused more stress than family conversation. And that stress all has to do with a company called Shan-Diin Design and Development.

Back in February, she hired the company and, with several payments, paid $5,700 to remodel her kitchen.

“I wanted brand new cabinets, nice cabinets,” she said. “I knew specifically what I wanted. I wanted espresso-colored cabinets to go along with the stainless steel appliances that we had just purchased.”

Well, she got those cabinets, but they were not what she was expecting.

Hernandez claims the cabinets are used and appear to be painted over. Even when 3 On Your Side was in her kitchen, our cameras could clearly see where espresso paint was peeling off the wood.

“The key word here is ‘new?’ You thought you were getting new cabinets?” 3 On Your Side’s Gary Harper asks.

“Oh, definitely. Not painted,” she said.

Even when we inspected the hinges on the cabinets, they appeared to be old.

“What about the hardware?” Harper asked.

“It’s not new,” Hernandez replied. “In fact, you can tell where they chipped off the white paint here and, as a matter of fact, these hinges look identical to the hardware that was on our old cabinets.”

And that’s not all. Hernandez says her ceiling, which was patched and stuccoed by Shan-Diin, looks spotty, untextured and not smooth.

A gas line that was supposed to be relocated was never moved.

She’s also missing drawers. And if you look at her kitchen counter she paid for, the cuts are crooked and the edges don’t meet.

“I was very agitated. I got to the point where I was crying,” she said. “I tried to calm down. My husband called him and confronted him and said, ‘This is not what we wanted. I know where you thought that we would be happy with this.’ ”

3 On Your Side got involved and discovered the company is operated by a guy named Randy Myers, an unlicensed contractor.

In fact, you can see Myers in cellphone video that the Hernandez family captured of him the last time he showed up at their home to discuss his workmanship and length of time to finish the project.

“I told him, ‘I really don’t see any kind of resolution that you can give to me except to refund my money because basically you stole from me.’ This was our savings,” Hernandez says.

3 On Your Side later got a hold of Myers by phone, and he apologized for the length of time it’s taken him to complete the remodeling job.

After acknowledging he was also working without a license, he also agreed to return about $3,800. It’s not the entire $5,700 that Hernandez gave him, but Myers says he did install some French doors in the kitchen and do other work.

However, it should be pointed out that after Myers claimed he would return a portion of the money, he has not responded to additional inquiries and the Hernandez family has not received a penny back.

Hernandez, who is about to give birth soon, says she’ll now wait to see if she actually gets that money.

“Five weeks away from delivery and my house is up in shambles. This has become a stressful situation for me,” she said.

The Registrar of Contractors tells 3 On Your Side that it is very familiar with Randy Myers, saying it has already investigated him before and forwarded its case to prosecutors for criminal charges. If that happens, 3 On Your Side will air an update.

The Registrar of Contractors is also involved in the Hernandez complaint and is initiating another investigation.

It’s a good reminder to always hire a licensed contractor when doing large jobs, ask for and verify any references, and check out the contractor with the Better Business Bureau.”

 

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