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Certified Chimney Sweeping

Chimney sweeping isn’t as simple as the term implies. Your chimney is a complex system with a lot of parts, all doing important work, helping to contain and remove harmful gases and combustible debris from your home. All that work can take a toll on the system. As hot gases and other byproducts travel up the comparatively cooler chimney, condensation occurs, forming creosote, a residue that takes on several different looks — it can be flaky, puffy, sticky — but always brings the potential for troubling issues, including blockage and chimney fires.

It’s important to have an experienced, licensed chimney sweep service your chimney regularly to keep it functioning as it should, to keep your home — and its inhabitants — safe. Our sweeps run through a detailed, multi-point process to properly sweep your chimney and make sure it’s ready to do its job.

If you’re not familiar with the chimney sweeping process, the Chimney Safety Institute of America — by whom A-1 Chimney Specialist is certified — put together this informational video, to offer a detailed look at what experienced technicians will do for your chimney:

You can expect the job to take about an hour and a half, and for your chimney sweep to clean and inspect everything from the firebox and grate to the chimney’s liner, smoke chamber, smoke shelf and damper. We also check for fire safety hazards and issues with the interior and exterior of your chimney.

A few things to keep in mind for before we show up:

  • It’s best to avoid using your fireplace or stove for at least 24 hours prior to your sweeping appointment.
  • Any furniture or other breakable items surrounding your stove or fireplace — within six to eight feet — should be moved.
  • Your pets will be safer and happier confined in a space away from the work area.

Prevention now can help avoid repairs later

Like any hard-working system — a car’s engine, an HVAC system — maintenance and prevention go a long way toward lengthening that system’s life, and keeping big, expensive repairs from being needed. An annual chimney sweeping keeps your system clean, functional, efficient and safe for years to come. Even if you don’t use your fireplace or stove often, it’s recommended that your chimney be regularly swept to ensure that everything is functioning properly when you need it to. Plus, annual chimney sweeping and inspection can reveal problems when they’re still small, long before an expensive restoration or rebuild might be the only safe option.

A-1 Chimney Specialist: The choice for the Tullahoma and Winchester area

Our CSIA-certified company has been providing quality chimney services to homeowners in the Tullahoma and Winchester, Tenn., area since 2000, and we’ve shown our clients that our chimney sweeps are committed to two things: a complete and thorough chimney sweeping job; and complete and thorough respect for your home, leaving it as clean when we leave as when we arrive.

Call A-1 Chimney Specialist to learn more about what we can do for your chimney, or schedule an appointment online!


The best way to know what your chimney really needs is to have it inspected, which is why we provide this fundamental chimney and fireplace service.

  • review rating 5  A1 came out to sweep and inspect our chimney, as well as put a screen over the chimney opening. The guys that came out were fantastic!! They were so kind, friendly, and very professional. I was comfortable with them in my house, and they did a great job. They explained everything to me, and joked with my kids. We’ve already recommended them to other people and it’s only been 10 hours since their visit! We’ll definitely use them every time we need chimney services.

    thumb Laura Cole
  • review rating 5  I can't say enough good things about this company. The men came to clean our chimney (which badly needed it). They kept the house clean; they were so very polite; they took photos of the chimney. They also checked our dryer vent and took photos of that. We then learned that they service gas fireplaces--and we have been hunting for someone to help us with this. A lovely team. Super professional. It was like having the best doctor make a house call.

    thumb Elizabeth Grammer
  • review rating 5  On time to identify problem/issue great professional young technician that knew what to recommend. Alway communicated and reason I have used for my fireplace for over 15 years.

    thumb Roy Millar
  • review rating 5  Not like the cable guys! A-1 Chimney was timely and informative from the start! Phone calls to let you know who, what , when and we’re they were going to be from your scheduled appointment time. Great level of professionalism when they arrived and was knowledgeable of our needs and their solutions. I would highly recommend a small business over the big guys because you are a customer, not a corporate bottom line. As a side note..... good to see a young staff learning a trade. All three of the young gentlemen that were here are supporting that trade. “Ahhh it’s just a fireplace” What do you rely on in a power outage? Emergency heat........... Your fireplace! Thanks A-1..... See you again!

    thumb Nick Bohaychyk
  • review rating 4  Good service but EXPENSIVE. They were prompt and did a good job, but the cost was $40 more than the companies in Nashville.

    thumb Bevo H


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