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Keep Birds Out Of Your Chimney With A Bird Screen

As birds reappear in the sunny springtime, homeowners love to watch them outside, as it is an enjoyable and pleasant experience. Birds are lovely creatures, but that does not mean you want them in your chimney and home. Unfortunately, they are often drawn to this specific area of most homes.

However, the team at A-1 Chimney Specialist is ready to provide solutions that will last for the long haul. Learn more about the importance of preventing animal entry below, then contact us to install a bird screen for you today.

The Dangers Of Nesting Materials

birds flying above chimneyA big reason to keep birds out of your chimney is due to the flammable nature of their nesting materials. Leaves, twigs, grass, and other materials like this can easily catch on fire and spread flames inside your chimney. This will cause a lot of damage to your brickwork and chimney liner, and it encourages the spread of flames to your roofing materials and adjacent woodwork, as well.

Along with this, nesting materials cause blockages. When your system is clogged up, smoke and other gases cannot escape and your family could face serious ailments as a result. One of the biggest threats is carbon monoxide, which is known to be fatal. Why take any chances? Do you best to avoid obstructions in your flue by investing in a bird screen today.

Finally, consider how the smells and sounds associated with these creatures could affect the aesthetic of your home. They leave behind foul-smelling feces, and all too often the birds themselves get stuck and pass away. This could easily lead to unpleasant issues throughout your living space, which are easily preventable with a bird screen in place.

Invest In A Solution Today

Bird screens are great at keeping unwanted visitors out, but they are not the only tool for this job. Both a chimney cap and a top-end damper work well for keeping out birds, raccoons, and other woodland creatures too. They also work to help prevent downdrafts, leaks, and debris buildup, too. If you are having issues with your chimney cap or if your throat damper needs an upgrade, reach out to our team right away.

Are The Birds In Your Flue Protected?

If you have birds in your chimney and you are eager to get them out, do not act too quickly. Some species, like the chimney swift, are federally protected and removing them or their young could land you in some trouble. If you find yourself in this predicament, your only option is to wait until the birds migrate, after which you can remove the abandoned nest. Ready to get started? Reach out to our team today!

Relax This Winter With Gas Logs & Inserts

Do you wish you could relax by the fireplace without having to go through the effort of hauling wood and maintaining a fire? If it’s cold and snowy, the last thing anyone wants to do after a long day is spend more time working! That’s why so many homeowners are investing in gas inserts and gas logs. You get the realistic warmth and ambiance of a classic fireplace, without the extra labor.

Another benefit of owning a gas insert is that they heat very efficiently. You’ll save on energy bills, while experiencing a lot of good, constant heat pouring into your home. And, while you’ll still need to invest in your annual chimney inspection, overall these units require a lot less maintenance on the part of the homeowner.

Let Us Be Your One-Stop Shop For It AllRelax this winter with gas logs!

Here at A-1 Chimney Specialist, we sell only the best products. Our direct vent gas inserts can be installed into your existing fireplace, and you won’t have to worry about losing heat throughout the heating process. Why? Well, they don’t require a chimney, so they can be vented through a wall or roof, removing any chance of experiencing downdrafts or heat loss through your flue.

Ready to explore your options? We have a variety of styles and designs that you can choose between, ensuring you find the perfect match for your decor. Count on our team to help you out right away. Just give us a call, and we’ll be on the job as soon as we can!

Don’t forget about your gas logs. A gas insert isn’t complete with the realistic look of our vented gas logs. They look just like real wood, and the way they burn closely resembles that of a wood-burning fireplace, so you can have that classic look and feel everyone hopes to achieve. We provide the best of the best, so get it all from us! It’s a choice you won’t regret.

Invest In Professional Installation Today

When it comes to having a new gas insert installed, it’s important to invest in a professional installation. When you take the do-it-yourself approach, you could easily slip up, putting yourself and your loved ones at risk. Hiring a CSIA-certified expert from the beginning ensures you minimize your risk of carbon monoxide exposure significantly. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, making it highly dangerous and hard to detect.

Because this gas is known for being fatal, we encourage all of our customers to hire out for a a professional installation from the very start. We are always eager and ready to help, and our satisfaction levels have remained high for the two decades we have been in business. Don’t wait. Make this your best winter yet by giving us a call today!

It’s Time To Get Your Dryer Vent Cleaned

Has your dryer been running inefficiently? Are you clothes taking way too long to dry? Has it been over a year since your last vent cleaning? If you answered yes to any of these, then it’s time to call in our team of experts to check things out. The team at A-1 Chimney Specialist are CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians, ready to serve our customer base to the fullest. If you need help, call right away!It's Time To Get Your Dryer Vents Cleaned - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney

Don’t Risk House Fires & Carbon Monoxide Exposure

The big issues with dirty dryer vents are your increased risk of experiencing a fire or gas leak. Fires can easily occur when the appliance overheats, which is much more likely to happen when things are clogged up. Lint is very flammable, so flames spread quickly, putting your entire household at risk. This has caused thousands of homeowners across the United States to shell out hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars in home repairs and reconstruction work.

Avoiding damage is a major reason to invest in a dryer vent cleaning, but the biggest benefit you’ll get is added safety for your family. Dryer vent fires can occur at any time, and you never know who may be in the house when flames start to spread. Why take any chances, when a simple solution is just a phone call away? Count on our team to get the job done right.

Along with the risk of fire hazards, you risk harmful gases entering your home. The biggest concern in this department is carbon monoxide exposure, which can be fatal if not addressed swiftly. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, so detecting it is impossible without a little help. We encourage all of our customers to put carbon monoxide detectors throughout their home, so any signs of trouble are evident right away.

Signs of exposure include nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion, weakness, dizziness, and similar symptoms. If you notice any of these in you or loved ones, or if your carbon monoxide detectors start to go off, leave the home immediately and call the proper authorities for help.

Ensure Heightened Efficiency

Along with making your home much safer, clean dryer vents ensure your appliance runs more efficiently, too. No one wants to wait around all afternoon for one load of laundry to dry, and all that extra energy use can add up quickly on your monthly bills. Many assume the fault lies with the dryer itself, but it’s typically the vents that need addressing! We can get things running more smoothly, so you don’t have to deal with the stress any longer.

Call Now While Our Schedule Is Open

Don’t wait until fall to get us in. Call now, so we can get your vents inspected, cleaned, and ready to go in no time! Our busiest season is only a few months away, so getting your appointment scheduled today will guarantee you the quickest and most convenient results. And, while we’re at it, why not get your chimney inspection over with, too? We’re here to do it all! Reach out to our team now.

Common Mistakes Fireplace Owners Make

Fireplaces add an unbeatable atmosphere to any living space. They bring family and friends together with their warm and welcoming aesthetic. In addition, the wide array of design and style options mean that anyone can find the perfect fit for their personal tastes.Common Mistakes Fireplace Owners Make - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney

Yet, owning a fireplace also requires a lot of responsibility of the part of the homeowner. Check out these more common mistakes the fireplace owners typically make. Do your best to avoid them down the line!

Skipping An Annual Inspection

Scheduling annual inspections is a vital part in maintaining the health of your chimney and fireplace. Annual inspections are the most effective way to protect your brickwork and prevent chimney fires from occurring. Your certified chimney sweep can check for blockages and creosote accumulation, as well. All of these steps help you avoid deterioration and debris build-up in the future.

Not Scheduling Repairs

If any repairs are needed in your chimney or fireplace, scheduling them as soon as possible will benefit you a lot in the long run. Consulting with a chimney sweep about the best possible ways to approach any cracks, holes, or deterioration will be the best option for keeping your chimney standing strong for years to come.

Also, fixing these issues sooner, rather than later, will save you money and stress down the line. The longer problems persist, the worse they become. Plus, the more expensive the repairs will be. On top of all this, letting problems go unresolved leads to a higher risk of chimney settlement or collapse. This puts your home and family at risk of injury.

Dismissing Smoke Detector Maintenance

Smoke detectors play a huge role in keeping homes and families safer throughout the year. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors often are the first or only ways people are alerted to dangerous situations in their home. They can make all the difference in whether or not everyone gets out safely, should a fire occur or harmful toxins be present in the area.

Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in various places of your home to ensure any potential dangers are detected. They should be located on every level of the home, outside every sleeping area, and in every bedroom. In addition, you will also want to keep them away from windows. This is to ensure no drafts or winds interfere with their operation.

Also, be sure you are testing your detectors at least once a month to ensure they are working properly. You also will want to replace the batteries on a regular basis, too. Not to mention, don’t forget to replace the detector itself every decade, even if it appears to be working properly!

We Can Serve You!

The experts at A-1 Chimney Specialist want to help you out with any and all of your fireplace needs. So, turn to us today!

Getting Rid of Creosote

Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean your chimney to avoid the dangers of creosote build-up.

Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean your chimney to avoid the dangers of creosote build-up.

It’s dirty. It’s sticky. It is extremely flammable. Creosote is something that is almost impossible to avoid, and is extremely harmful to your chimney. However, if you catch it in time, creosote can be removed before it sinks into the structure of your chimney. To get more information on a chimney sweep or any other chimney related questions, contact the professionals at A-1 Chimney Specialists.

What is creosote?

Creosote is the byproduct that is released when untreated wood burns. This will then clump together and cause blockages inside of your chimney. When these clumps grow large enough, they can begin to slow the draft through your chimney. This makes the smoke and harmful gases unable to exit the home. This can put you and your family in danger of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. The symptoms for CO poisoning include anything from headaches and nausea to severe cases of difficulty breathing and even fatality. Creosote can also lead to chimney fires. When the heat from the fire comes into contact with the clumps, it can begin to spark. Since chimney fires spread so easily, it can overtake your home in minutes.

How do you get rid of creosote?

The best way to get rid of creosote is to have a chimney sweep. You should have at least one a year, but it is recommended that you have two. One should be after burning season to remove any build up, and the second should be before to remove anything that they may have missed or that has built up over the summer. The person doing your chimney sweep should always be Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified. To prepare the chimney, make sure that you do not burn any fires for at least 24 hours so that the unit has enough time to cool down. Next, move all of the furniture away from the fireplace so that it does not become dirty or damaged. Lastly, for their safety and the safety of the technicians lock your pets away in a spare room. You can find a reliable chimney sweep by asking friends and family, or by looking at various online websites.

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