YADKINVILLE, N.C. -- Chimney sweeps across the Piedmont are preparing homes for the chilly days ahead.
Robert Westmoreland of A Cleaner Chimney, is inspecting and cleaning about fifty chimneys a day. Westmoreland is going after the soot and ash that builds up in a chimney over time.
If the ash is not removed, the next fire could be a chimney fire. Westmoreland and fire safety groups recommend annual chimney inspections to prevent unwanted fires.
"Preventative maintenance is the best thing with chimneys. If that chimney catches fire, you don't know when it's going to happen. The fire sounds like a freight train," Westmoreland explained.