LENEXA, Kan. - Chimneys should be cleaned and inspected every single year. That's standard advice from any chimney sweep. But this year, that maintenance could be even more essential.
Lenexa, Kan., homeowner Jason Purcell has only been in his house for eight months. It came with a fireplace, though Purcell admitted he knows little about its maintenance.
"The last thing I want to do is burn down a new house," Purcell said.
That's why he called Dana Marconett, owner of Chimney Medic in Belton, Mo. Marconett is always busy around the holidays, but he said this winter he is noticing something dangerous in many homes.
"I've had a lot, several chimneys pulled away from houses this year because of foundation issues," Marconett said.
He said it's due to the drought.
Marconett said when chimneys move, they can crack, creating a place for highly-flammable creosote to build up. He said that can spark an especially-scary type of fire.
"These fires are dangerous because they get under the wall and go up into the ceiling and attic and don't set off your smoke detectors," Marconett said.
He said a standard chimney cleaning costs $115 and it can prevent a whole list of potential damages.
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Winter Weather Center
Kansas City residents will need to clear the sidewalks in front of their homes by Monday morning or face a ticket and fine.
The recent snow is bringing other dangers as well. Wednesday the threat of a roof collapse forced Macy's at Metcalf South to close. The added weight on your roof is also adding up.