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Chimney Cleaning – Why Chimney Cleaning Is Important

A-1 Chimney Specialist is ready to help keep your chimney clean and safe with CSIA-certified chimney cleaning and chimney inspection services. Our chimney sweeps serve customers in Winchester, TN, Huntsville, AL, Sewanee TN, Fayetteville, TN, Madison, AL, and other communities in southern Tennessee and northern Alabama.

Chimney Cleaning & Sweep in Manchester, TNWhy Chimney Cleaning Is Important

Chimney safety and fire safety organizations throughout America recommend that chimneys connected to wood-burning fireplaces be cleaned once a year by trained, certified technicians. When fires burn, creosote forms inside the flue and attaches to the walls of the chimney liner. Creosote is highly flammable and causes most of the chimney fires in the U.S. each year.

What Happens During a Chimney Sweep?

The first step to a clean and safe chimney is a thorough inspection of the flue to determine the level of creosote buildup and the consistency of the substance. Creosote can form as a sticky, flakey, puffy or solid material.


Using video equipment, our chimney cleaning experts can look all the way down into the flue and determine what will be needed to do the job right. We also check for leaf and twig buildup as well as small-animal nests that have been constructed in the flue.

Removing creosote, soot and obstructions involves the use of various equipment such as rotating brushes and rods along with special scrubbers, scrapers, solvents, vacuums and other tools that allow us to clean your chimney thoroughly and safely.

The Danger of Hidden Chimney Fires

The chimney at your Winchester home may seem fine just to look at it, but the inside of the structure may tell a different story – especially if you’ve had chimney fires you weren’t aware of. Yes, chimney fires don’t always make themselves known. Many are relatively small and start and go out on their own. However, this doesn’t mean that damage hasn’t occurred.

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A series of smaller chimney fires can damage the chimney liner, leaving the bricks and mortar of the chimney and combustible materials of the home at risk. Damaged masonry is a primary reason for a leaky chimney as water infiltrates the bricks and causes ongoing decay.

The Value of Regular Chimney Inspections

Our training and hands-on experience allows us to see things within a chimney system that the average homeowner can’t. We use not only our eyes but also sophisticated video technology to learn the exact condition of your chimney before any work is started.By catching trouble early, we can perform the necessary repairs to get it fixed before an expensive and potentially dangerous situation arises.

We care about your safety and your home and will do a meticulous job when inspecting your chimney and fireplace from top to bottom.

Annual Chimney Cleaning/Chimney Inspection Restores Safety to Your Chimney

Homeowners across the Winchester/Huntsville region can take a big step toward keeping their homes and families safe with annual chimney cleaning and inspections by a technician certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America. At A-1 Chimney Specialist, we have offices in both Winchester, TN, and Huntsville, AL, staffed with techs who carry this certification and have demonstrated exceptional skill and knowledge in both chimney cleaning and chimney inspection. If it’s been too long since your last chimney cleaning and inspection schedule an appointment. Call A-1 today at (931) 967-3595 in the Winchester area or (256) 285-4895 in and around Huntsville. When your chimney is crying out for help, we’re the first ones to send to the rescue.