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Chimney sweepers are extra busy now

November 29, 2006

Albany--  Colder weather means chimney sweepers are staying busy and dirty.

Although they work year-round, Turner's Chimney Sweep has been extra busy since the end of September. Right now, David Turner cleans between 10 and 15 chimneys a week as people begin to fire up their fireplaces for winter.

It's a dirty job as he gets last year's buildup out, but he says it's necessary to keep homes safe.

"Creosote can build up inside of the chimney and can spark a chimney fire and also puts off a bad odor. It should be done about every two years," said Turner.

Turner also suggests keeping ashes cleared out of the fireplace and putting a cap on top of the chimney to keep birds and rain out.  

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