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Working For You: Chimney Sweep

Working For You: Chimney Sweep

It's a profession made famous by the classic Disney film, but make no mistake, there's more to chimney sweeping than song and dance.

That's why Rachel Pierson joined Cole Miller, from Miller's Up the Chimney, to learn the ins and outs of this dark and often dirty profession.

"It started because there is a need in the community for a chimney sweep and there's no one around for the Tri-State area."

Together, they're tackling two chimneys in a Quincy home.

And before you can sweep, you have to know what you're getting yourself into.

That means inspecting each chimney, a process Cole says should be done regularly.

"A lot of times people think about getting their furnace inspected, because it's not a primary source of heat, it goes by the wayside."

When a chimney is used and isn't swept regularly, a chemical compound called creosote starts to build up.

"You're going to get creosote if you burn wood. That's just kind of the nature of the beast."

And it's that very beast that leads to potential fires.

They're got their work cut out for them, so now, it's time to take to the roof.

"People say, is it clean? Well it's not clean. it's still got some, but it's got a lot less than it did."

Once the creosote is loosened from the flue, it's time for one final scrub.

The primary purpose for sweeps is to prevent chimney fires.

Having swept for more than 10 years, Cole's seen his share of hazards.

Being a sweep and a firefighter, he's committed to keeping you safe.

"It's a sign of a good chimney sweep, when you're not dirty. Kudos to you. I'm just a mess."

"You made a fine apprentice."

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