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We Serve The Winchester Community!

Here at A-1 Chimney Specialist, we have the privilege of serving a lot of wonderful communities, including the great city of service mapWinchester. Between Harvey’s Garden, the Old Jail Museum, and the Oldham Theater, there are all kinds of exciting and one-of-a-kind spots that folks throughout the area love to visit, and those are just some of many.

You also won’t want to miss out on a meal at JD’s Kountry Kitchen or John T’s Barbecue, and shops like Whiffenpoofs, Wishing Well, and more are sure to keep you entertained for hours on end.

There’s no doubt about it… The long list of festivals, shopping opportunities, dining options, and more that Winchester has to offer keeps residents plenty busy, and the last thing anyone needs is to stress about chimney and fireplace care. That’s why residents depend on us! Give our CSIA certified team a call today, so that we can get you taken care of.

Our Service List Is Extensive

Whether you need some basic maintenance done, like a sweeping or inspection, or you are in need of some more elaborate repair work, our team is surely up to the task. We offer both level 1 and level 2 inspections, and our sweepings are in-depth and thorough, ensuring your system will remain free of any creosote buildup, clogs, or excess debris.

Need repairs, relining work, or restorations completed? We can do it all. No matter what state your chimney is in, our experienced and qualified experts can set you up right. We also address leaks and water damage, and we can provide the preventative maintenance necessary for avoiding these problems from occurring again down the line.

Interested in a new product for your home? We install fireplaces, stoves, inserts, gas logs, and more, so you can equip your household with exactly what you need to live a happier and more comfortable life. Just share your vision with us, and we will do everything we can to bring it to life.

To top it all off, we also offer dryer vent cleaning services. Ask our CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians about getting your vents free and clear of harmful debris today.

Have any questions regarding what we offer? Reach out to us, and we would be happy to address any concerns or inquiries.

Trust In Our Dedicated Team Today

If there’s one thing that makes us happy it’s a satisfied customer. We take pride in serving the folks of Winchester, Madison, New Market, Huntsville, and all of their surrounding areas, and we would love to add you to our list of satisfied customers. When it comes to your fireplace and chimney, you should never settle for less, so starting relying on our team for it all. Just give us a call, and we can set something up.

Addressing Your Leaky Chimney

Concerned about the state of your chimney? With all the rain lately (and with more spring rains on the way), ensuring your system is adequately protected is a must! Fortunately for homeowners throughout Tullahoma, Huntsville, and their surrounding areas, A-1 Chimney Specialist is here to address water damage, find the source of your leaks, and provide the preventative maintenance you need to stay safer year after year.

Water & Your Chimney

Water and chimney systems never mix well, and if you do not invest in waterproofing, flashing, chimney caps, and more, your system will undergo a lot of excess stress. Water is known to easily penetrate your brickwork and mortar, triggering all kinds of decay and deterioration, and once it starts wearing on your masonry it is only downhill from there.

The more your masonry crumbles, the higher your risk is for a settlement or collapse and the more expensive any repair work will be. Addressing repairs right away is essential, as is investing in waterproofing services from a professional team of sweeps.

Another problem homeowners can face is leaks coming in through the roof or chimney. If you have noticed stained walls or ceilings, this is a clear sign that you have a problem. Water can easily enter through the area where your roof and chimney meet because these two things are made from different materials, and they expand and contract at different rates. One way to prevent this from occurring is to have flashing installed.

Flashing is the metal sheet that seals this area, keeping water out and ensuring your home stays safer and drier. Unfortunately, incorrectly installed flashing is prone to rust, and other times curious animals or bad weather can cause it to falter. In these cases, a professional can come out and fix it up, so you are good to go in no time.

Missing a chimney cap? We can install a new one, so water will not enter your fireplace through the flue and wreak havoc on your liner. You may want to consider a top-end damper, as well, as these work well alongside the chimney cap to keep out water, animals, downdrafts, and more.

Finally, let us check your chimney crown over to ensure it is not cracking or crumbling. The crown sits on the top of your chimney and sends water out and away from the sides of your brickwork. Without it, your structure would suffer immensely, and water would work its way into your masonry in no time!

How We Can Help

We have the tools, training, and technology to restore your system back to where it needs to be. We can replace and repair parts, as necessary, and our waterproofing services are top-notch, as well. Once our crew is through with your chimney, water and excess moisture will not stand a chance.

Don’t put it off. Invest in the care you deserve today to avoid bigger problems down the line. Our team is waiting for your call!

Holiday Decorations & Your Fireplace

Soon enough everyone will have their homes decorated with lights, tinsel, snowmen, and everything else that embodies the spirit of the holiday. For lots of families, this always brings about a fun time and lots of memories, but it’s important to practice caution if you have a fireplace in your home!

We take pride in promoting fire safety and better chimney care, so our customers can relax with family and enjoy peace of mind season after season. Read up on some of our tips below, so you and your loved ones can stay better protected this holiday. Then, give us a call with any questions and/or concerns you’re experiencing regarding your fireplace or chimney. The team at A-1 Chimney Specialist is always eager to help!

Decorating The MantelChristmas decorations near the mantel

The fireplace mantel may seem like the ideal place to throw a lot of decor, but it can lead to some dangerous scenarios. Any flammable decor should be kept a safe distance away from the fireplace.

Along with this, never place old decorations, wrapping paper, empty boxes, paper plates, or any type of garbage in the fireplace. When decorating your home, throwing trash into the fire may seem like a convenient route to take, but it can lead to creosote accumulation and smoke backing up into your living space. Both are unideal and dangerous.

Be Cautious With Your Tree

If you set up a fake tree every year, then you likely won’t have to worry too much about it catching fire. Just double check that it is flame-resistant (most are), then be sure to keep presents, decorations, and the like well away from the fireplace.

Now, if you set up a real tree every year, you’ll want to keep it well-watered, as the drier it is, the easier it could potentially catch fire. Also, at the end of the season, never burn the tree in your fireplace. This is bad for your system, and the wood won’t be seasoned enough to burn efficiently, encouraging creosote build-up and increasing your risk of chimney fires.

Practice Fire Safety

Because there is an increased risk of fire throughout the holiday season, be sure you’re practicing fire safety in your home. Keep a working fire extinguisher nearby, and be sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. Be sure to test these devices regularly and change the batteries, as needed. These units have played a big role in getting countless homeowners and their families safely out of their home in the event of a fire!

It’s also important to map out multiple routes out of each room of the house, and then practice your escape plan with your family from time to time. This way you can save precious seconds in the event of an emergency. And remember – once you’re out of the house, do not re-enter it for any reason!

Depend On Our Team Today

Make sure your system is all set and safer for use by depending on our team for your annual inspection and cleaning. The CSIA certified team at A-1 Chimney Specialist is here to help with all of your holiday needs!

Why Do We Use ChimneySaver?

Water damage throughout your chimney and fireplace can put a real damper on your holiday plans. Excess moisture can trigger all kinds of issues like rusting, rotting, clogs, and more. It will also cause your bricks and mortar to deteriorate, which causes holes and cracks to form. This leaves you a lot more vulnerable to gas leaks, carbon monoxide exposure, house fires, and more! All in all, water damage can be expensive and time-consuming to fix, and it’s not something anyone wants to deal with right before winter weather starts settling in.

Fortunately, our team is equipped to help you out. At A-1 Chimney Specialist we take your chimney concerns seriously, and we value the safety and comfort of our customers above everything else.

Looking for peace of mind when cold weather hits? Then, call on us today. We’ll get an inspection scheduled, so we can see what state your chimney is in. After that, we’ll recommend the next appropriate steps for getting you back to where you need to be before Thanksgiving and Christmas arrive. There’s no better team to trust!

Our Waterproofing Products Offer Unbeatable Protection

Now, one thing we always suggest is to waterproof your masonry with ChimneySaver. We offer this service to ensure your brickwork withstands any rain or snow throughout the year, leaving you leak-free and better protected, no matter what! Believe it or not, your brickwork is extremely absorbent, so covering it with protective products is vital for keeping your chimney healthy and strong with every passing year.

So, why ChimneySaver? Because no product will do a better job for your system! Unlike other waterproofing products, ChimneySaver provides a seal that is vapor permeable, ensuring the water that’s already trapped in your system can find its way back out. Basically, no moisture can enter, but reabsorbed moisture can still escape. Other brands keep water out, but any water already inside of the brickwork gets stuck, meaning it will merely stay where it’s at and continue to cause damage – not good!

We only use products and tools that we truly believe in, and we don’t believe in cutting corners or taking shortcuts. We’ve been specializing in chimney care for over 20 years and you can rest easier knowing our techniques really get the job done! That’s why customers continue to turn to us again and again with every passing year.

ChimneySaver has high standards, so you’re guaranteed the results you deserve. Trust us when we say that this is the only product to use on your masonry this fall!

Pick Up The Phone Now!

There’s no time to lose. Call on our CSIA certified team today to get everything and more from your chimney and fireplace this holiday season. We’ll inspect, sweep, repair, and provide you anything and everything you need to get the long-lasting and cozy fires you’re hoping for. With help from us, it’ll be your best year yet! We can’t wait to help you out soon.

Fire Prevention Week 2018

Back in October of 1871, the Great Chicago Fire destroyed thousands of homes, left a huge portion of the city homeless, and took the lives of hundreds. This devastating damage serves as afire reminder of how important fire safety and education truly is, which is why in 1925, Fire Prevention Week became a national observance that we acknowledge with every passing October.

What This Year’s Theme?

If you’ve participated in Fire Prevention Week in the past, then you are likely aware that each year comes with its own theme. This year’s theme? “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” This encourages homeowners to look for potential fire hazards everywhere they go, listen for alarms that could indicate a fire has occurred, and to learn of at least two exits from every room they’re in. All of these small steps can make a big difference when it comes to staying safer!

This theme also encourages general awareness of how dangerous fires are and serves as a reminder that the possibility of one occurring is always there. It may seem like it couldn’t happen to you, but thousands are affected every single year, and there’s no denying the risk of injury or extensive home damage should one fall victim.

Join the NFPA this year by spreading the word. Post online, organize community events, and share the fact sheets that the NFPA has provided on their website. They offer some great sources for information and ideas, so check them out today, then get to work! With all of us pitching in together, we can make a big difference in our neighborhoods.

The Facts About House Fires

In just four short years between 2011 and 2015, fire departments across the United States responded to well over 350,000 home structure fires. That averages out to nearly 88,000 per year! It’s time we work together to encourage a drop in these numbers, which is why staying up-to-date and educated on fire safety is so essential.

As you can imagine, these fires resulted in countless injuries and thousands of deaths. Fires are preventable, so let’s review some facts to ensure your household stays as safe as possible, especially with the holidays and cooler weather coming up so quickly.

First of all, investing in smoke detectors is a must, as these are often the fire indicators that trouble is amiss. We also encourage everyone to plan and practice escape routes from the various rooms of their home. Always remember – once you are safely out of your home, never re-enter a burning building for any reason.

Then, work with us to ensure your fireplace and dryer vents are thoroughly inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. The CSIA advises that homeowners invest in at least one inspection per year for both of these appliances, which will minimize the risk of house fires significantly. Anything from a damaged interior to creosote build-up to clogs in the system and more can trigger a fire, so schedule your maintenance now before your burning season kicks off.

Trust in the best by working with us. We’re ready for your call.

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