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What The Freeze-Thaw Cycle Does To Your Chimney

Are you concerned about the effects of winter weather on your chimney? There are a lot of legitimate things to worry about when temperatures drop and snow and slush start filling your roads and sidewalks, and your chimney may need some extra attention. A lot of times the problems we see in masonry are a direct result of the freeze-thaw cycle. Learn more about this process below, then call us in, so that we can help you do something about it! At A-1 Chimney Specialist, we’re here for you no matter what!

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First things first, let’s explain just what this process looks like. The brickwork and masonry that make up your chimney are both very absorbent. They easily soak up water, if not adequately protected, and this can cause a lot of damage down the line. All of this excess water in your chimney causes rot, rust, mold, deterioration, and (as stated above) the harmful freeze-thaw cycle.

The freeze-thaw cycle is what happens when the water inside of your masonry freezes. When water freezes, it expands, and it forces your brickwork to expand right along with it. That’s a lot of extra stress and strain on your system! This creates more room for water to enter and, as the water freezes and thaws multiple times throughout a winter, your chimney undergoes a lot of shifting. In the long run, this process could cause your brick to crumble, break down, and eventually collapse.

How To Stop This Cycle

If you’re concerned about the effects of the freeze-thaw cycle on your masonry, count on the staff at A-1 Chimney to fix things up! Before moving forward with any preventative maintenance, you’ll want to address any current damages. This will ensure your chimney is in the best shape possible before we apply the necessary protection to keep it healthy year after year.

Our CSIA certified experts will repair and restore your fireplace and chimney, so that it looks like new again. We can replace flashing, fix up your chimney crown, install a chimney cap, and take care of anything else you need done, too! Whether your damage is major or minor, we’re certain we can assist!

Once your brickwork and mortar are patched up and restored, we can apply waterproofing to ensure you don’t have to face this problem again. Waterproofing is a surefire way to keep moisture out for good, and we can guarantee that our products won’t let you down! They provide a tough shield for your system, so that water can’t easily enter and, unlike paints or similar products, they allow your system to breathe out vapors at the same time.

If you’re looking for a stronger chimney, we believe waterproofing is the way to go! Also, if you haven’t scheduled your annual inspection, book a spot with one of our qualified and professional sweeps today. We’ll look things over, so you can move forward with the peace of mind you deserve this winter – and for many more winters to come!

The time to call is now…. Pick up the phone today!

Every Chimney Deserves A Cap

If you’ve made it a goal to take better care of your chimney this year, then A-1 Chimney Specialist is here to help you out with some great services and helpful advice. If you know anything about the anatomy of your fireplace, then you know it takes multiple well-working parts to ensure everything functions normally every time you light a fire.Every Chimney Deserves A Cap Image - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney Specialist

Our CSIA certified staff can check your system over during one of our inspections, then let you know which areas need some work. And we’ll make sure you have every piece necessary for ensuring your system stays protected and runs efficiently night after night! One thing we’ll look into is the condition of your chimney cap. If you don’t have a chimney cap or if your current cap is in rough condition, we can set you up right!

Why Are Chimney Caps Necessary?

If you’re one of the ones without a chimney cap in place, then purchasing one for your home is essential for ensuring optimal chimney health. In fact, Underwriters Laboratories won’t list a liner as meeting their safety standards unless there is a chimney cap in place! The best part is, they’re very affordable and don’t take long for your sweep to install. There’s no reason not to get one right away!

So, what do chimney caps do, exactly?

Well, for one thing, they play a big role in keeping water away from the inside of your chimney. Water is one of the more harmful things your masonry can come into contact with and, if your brickwork absorbs a lot of it, you’ll face some serious issues down the line. Along with this, excess moisture triggers rust, rot, stains, mold accumulation, and tons of other similar problems all of which threaten the strength and integrity of your system.

With a chimney cap in place, rainwater and snow won’t be given easy access to your system. Chimney caps seal the top of the chimney, so that nothing can leak through and cause damage. It’s a worthwhile investment for any home, and we guarantee it will save you time, money, and stress down the line!

Other Benefits

Along with this, chimney caps keep animals out of your system, so that they can’t sneak in and build nests. Chimneys offer a warm and cozy place for critters to camp out. These creatures aren’t in a safe or convenient spot once fires start getting lit in your fireplace. Along with this, extra debris in your system will cause clogs and drafting issues. Both of which threaten the safety and efficiency of your fireplace. Keep pests out for good by calling on our expert staff today!

And that’s not all! Chimney caps are also known for preventing downdrafts, stopping stray sparks from landing on your roof, and keeping random debris from blowing into your system. There are lots of different materials to choose from, based on your specific needs. When you count on our team of experts, you can rest easy knowing your chimney cap will work hard and keep your system safer for years to come! Why wait? Give A-1 Chimney Specialist call today!

Does Your Chimney Need Relining?

One piece of chimney anatomy that all too often doesn’t get the attention it deserves is the chimney liner. The chimney liner plays a major role in ensuring efficiency and it keeps your system protected year after year, as well. If you’re worried about the current state of your chimney liner, call in our expert staff to look things over. We’ll look at your system and find out exactly what you need to get your fireplace running as efficiently and as safely as possible! Does Your Chimney Need Relining - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney

Why Are Liners So Important?

There are a few main functions liners perform that make them vital to the wellbeing of your chimney’s interior system. First of all, they enhance overall efficiency, offering you better draft and more heat. An incorrectly sized liner can cause a lot of malfunctions and headaches… When you work with us, we’ll reline your system and ensure all measurements are correct, so that air flow won’t be a problem you’ll have to worry about anytime soon!

Chimney liners also play a huge role in protecting your masonry. The gases that move through your system can be extremely hazardous to your brickwork and mortar, causing it to break down much faster than normal. These materials need to be protected, which is why a strong and reliable liner is so important!

Finally, chimney liners keep the heat and flames from your fires from escaping and igniting adjacent woodwork and roofing materials. As your masonry breaks down and cracks, stray flames and fumes are given easy pathways to escape into your home, thus triggering house fires. Keep your home safer by investing in a liner that you can trust!

How Can A-1 Chimney Specialist Help?

At A-1 Chimney Specialist, we’ve got what you need to get your liner back in shape. Whether you’re interested in clay, stainless steel, or cast-in-place, we have everything necessary for getting the job done right! And if you need repairs, we will use HeatShield to patch up any holes or cracks. Not sure what you need? Call us in! We are happy to help you find the perfect choice for your unique needs.

We can also repair any current damage you may be experiencing due to a previous faulty liner. We’ll fix your system up so that you won’t have to stress about chimney problems at all this winter! And once we’re done, you can count on our team for inspections and sweepings down the line – your fireplace and chimney will be healthier than ever!

If you’re ready to work with the best of the best, count on our expert staff today. Our CSIA certified team has the tools, technology, and techniques necessary for getting the job done right. Folks throughout the area appreciate our expertise and professionalism, and we’re excited to continue serving these communities for many more years to come. Call on us today!

Need Your Gas Fireplace Inspected?

For many homeowners with gas fireplaces, inspections are the last thing on their to-do list. Because these appliances are so easy to use and essentially mess-free, it’s easy to forget about investing in regular professional maintenance! The truth is, these appliances need annual inspections, just like their wood-burning counterparts. In fact, no matter which fuel type you use, a yearly check-up is always something you’ll want to invest in to ensure everything is running as safely and smoothly as possible!

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We want our customers to live with peace of mind and comfort year after year, and investing in regular chimney and fireplace maintenance is a sure-fire way to do just that! Before you put your unit to use this winter, call us in for an inspection. Our CSIA certified sweeps won’t let you down!

One issue we’ll look for is build-up. We get that gas fireplaces burn more efficiently than wood-burning fireplaces, but that doesn’t mean that build-up can’t occur. Toxins and other acidic deposits are using your chimney to exit the home, and all of those fumes can cause debris to form. Clogs and other build-up causes your system to function less efficiently, and they trigger decay and deterioration, too.

In the long run, you’ll be much better off investing in yearly inspections and regular sweepings than breaking the bank on expensive repair costs down the line. We want you to trust in our experienced staff to sweep your chimney this winter! We have extensive experience working with gas appliances, and we’ve accumulated countless satisfied customers throughout the 17 years we’ve been in business – turn to us today!

Be Wary Of Leaks

Build-up isn’t the only thing to concern yourself with. Gas appliances can form leaks from time to time and catching them early is vital for the health of your fireplace, home, and family. The last thing anyone wants is for their loved ones to inhale harmful toxins that could result in some serious illnesses. Count on us to handle any necessary repairs, so you can enjoy your fireplace to the fullest year after year!

The Time To Call Is Now!

To top it off, yearly maintenance allows your system to function as efficiently as possible. The use of a gas fireplace can work wonders in heating a room, lowering energy bills, and creating that perfect aesthetic throughout the colder months. If you’re not getting the heat and efficiency you’re looking for, we can help you out. After all, we believe our customers deserve the best!

With a long winter still ahead of us, it’s best to get that inspection in now, before you put your fireplace to lots of use. Save yourself time, stress, and money down the line by counting on our highly experienced staff now! Call A-1 Chimney Specialist today – we can’t wait to help you out soon!

Have Your Hearth Installed By A Professional

Have you ever considered purchasing a fireplace or wood stove? There’s no better time than the holiday season to make this investment! Once installed, your family can enjoy the warmth and festive atmosphere all season long. You’ll fall in love with your new, cozy aesthetic in a heartbeat.

A-1 Chimney Specialist is here for you this winter, and our CSIA certified staff can handle all of your chimney and fireplace needs. If you are ready to have a fireplace installed in your home, give us a call, and we can set you up right! We’ve been serving the area for 17 years and counting… We’ve helped your friends and neighbors, and we can’t wait to help you out, too!

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As a homeowner, it’s important to know which jobs around the house you can take on yourself and which you should leave to a professional. When it comes to fireplace installation, you definitely want to trust an expert! It’s vital that all parts are able to work together cohesively and, if they don’t, you’re going to face some serious risks.

One issue that may arise is bad airflow. When fumes can’t properly vent, you put loved ones at risk of inhaling toxins that will negatively affect their health. For example, carbon monoxide has been known to leak when things are not installed correctly. This colorless, odorless gas is extremely detrimental to one’s health and has been known to be fatal. It’s definitely not worth taking any chances… trust an expert from the start, so loved ones stay safer this holiday season.

Another issue is less efficiency. When you make an investment like this, you want it to work well. Improper installation leads to less heat output and you’ll likely face more struggles down the line. Fireplaces are all about relaxing and soaking up some quality time with friends and family. That’s not easy to do when smokes pouring out into your living room and your fires aren’t staying lit! We can ensure that doesn’t happen… call our CSIA certified staff now!

Trust In Us!

Putting a fireplace together takes time, patience, and know-how. There are a lot of intricate parts and steps involved, and one minor mishap can lead to a lot of expensive repairs down the line. It’s always your best bet to rely on a CSIA certified professional to get the job done right from the beginning. You’ll be able to enjoy your hearth to the fullest this holiday season, and you’ll gain the peace of mind you deserve, knowing your family is as safe as possible.

The staff at A-1 Chimney Specialist has the training and qualifications necessary for getting the job done right! Trust in our expert staff today – pick up the phone now!

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