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National Chimney Safety Week 2019

We just got done celebrating National Chimney Safety Week! As a company that prides itself on staying certified, educated, and up-to-date on it all, you can bet that this is a week we love to talk about, as it spreads the importance of annual inspections, regular repairs, and frequent sweepings.

Now, just because National Chimney Safety Week ended on October 5th, it doesn’t mean you still can’t keep learning about ways to keep your structure safer for use and out of harm’s way. The A-1 Chimney team would be happy to provide you with some great resources to reference, and we can set you up right with the care and preventative maintenance you need to get the most from your system all season long.

Ready to learn more? Great! Read below, then reach out to our experts today. We look forward to serving you soon!

Importance Of Hiring A CSIA Certified Sweepfire in the hallway

One of the best ways to ensure your fireplace and chimney stay in tip-top shape is to hire a CSIA certified sweep to handle all of your maintenance and repairs. A sweep that is associated with the CSIA will have the training and expert knowledge necessary to spot any excess creosote or hidden damages, and they’ll know how to do the job as thoroughly as possible, so that nothing gets missed.

Scheduling Annual Inspections

Another important step in keeping your system functioning safely and efficiently is to schedule an inspection once every year. Some like to get this out of the way in the spring and summer months, while others wait until right before the start of their burning season. Either way, getting it done is important, and it will give your techs the opportunity to spot anything that could threaten the safety of your home and family.

Burn Smarter

How can you keep your chimney working well throughout the holiday season? Burn only seasoned wood. We know it’s tempting to throw trash into the fire, especially around Thanksgiving and Christmas when you have an abundance of paper plates, old wrapping paper, and more, but this can contribute to excess smoke and creosote accumulation.

Along with this, burning unseasoned wood (or wood that has too much moisture still inside of it) can contribute to extra creosote deposits and increase your chances of experiencing a chimney fire. Don’t risk it! Only burn logs that are lightweight, darker in color, cut short, split at the end, and that make a hollow-sounding noise when smacked together – all of these signs indicate it’s well-seasoned and ready to burn!

Invest In Preventative Maintenance

Taking preventative measures ahead of time can save you time, money, and lots of stress down the line. This means investing in things like chimney caps, waterproofing, flashing, and more! Our team can help you out. Let our experienced, certified, and dedicated experts check things over and ensure you are set up right 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!

Why Do We Recommend Annual Chimney Inspections?

If you own a chimney, you’ve probably heard time and time again that annual inspections are an extremely important part of your regular maintenance. The CSIA says so, as well as pretty much every chimney company throughout the country! There’s obviously a reason why so many support these yearly inspections, but why are they so encouraged? Well, A-1 Chimney Specialist is here with the facts!Annual Chimney Inspections - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney Specialist

We Can Address Repairs Right Away

One reason why we like to perform annual inspections is so that we can spot any potential weak areas. If holes, cracks, and other damage are starting to form, we want to put a stop to it sooner rather than later. Doing so will eliminate bigger and more costly repair jobs down the line, and it will help your fireplace run smoother and more efficiently all season long.

We Can Remove Creosote, As Needed

Creosote can cause a lot of damage, due to its flammable nature and tendency to accumulate quickly in certain conditions. You can minimize buildup by burning only seasoned wood in your fireplace, maintaining good airflow, and by making sure your chimney is already warm before lighting any fires. That being said, it still always seems to find a way to form and cling to the inside of your flue or chimney.

One of the most disastrous things creosote can do is trigger chimney fires, and, the more you have, the higher your risk is for some serious issues. Chimney fires lead to cracks and holes, and they weaken your structure significantly. These things make your home more vulnerable to stray flames and any adjacent woodwork or roofing materials could easily catch fire. It’s not worth taking any risks… get those inspections scheduled right away!

We Can Remove Clogs

Animals and outside debris tend to make their way into chimneys more than homeowners may realize. Birds will often build nests in these areas due to their durability and warm, strong walls. Raccoons, bats, and other critters like to set up camp in chimneys, too! Animals, along with any materials they bring in with them, can quickly cause clogs and blockages. This leaves you with no way to vent out hazardous fumes and smoke, and these toxins will quickly enter your living space, affecting the health of loved ones.

It’s important that we get in right away to remove these blockages before you start lighting fires. We can clear out your flue or chimney, then set up you with the right tools to prevent clogs down the line. Chimney caps, for example, are an effective and affordable way to keep animals out, as well as any other debris. Ask our experts about getting yours installed today!

Call Us Now!

With Fall upon us and temperatures dropping, our sweeps are busier than ever. Call us today, so we can set you up with an appointment as soon as possible. The sooner we check things out, the sooner we can address any issues… and we want to make certain you are good to go before the holidays arrive. Pick up the phone now!