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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.

What The Freeze-Thaw Cycle Does To Your Chimney

Are you concerned about the effects of winter weather on your chimney? There are a lot of legitimate things to worry about when temperatures drop and snow and slush start filling your roads and sidewalks, and your chimney may need some extra attention. A lot of times the problems we see in masonry are a direct result of the freeze-thaw cycle. Learn more about this process below, then call us in, so that we can help you do something about it! At A-1 Chimney Specialist, we’re here for you no matter what!The Freeze-Thaw Cycle And Your Chimney - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney

What Is The Freeze-Thaw Cycle?

First things first, let’s explain just what this process looks like. The brickwork and masonry that make up your chimney are both very absorbent. They easily soak up water, if not adequately protected, and this can cause a lot of damage down the line. All of this excess water in your chimney causes rot, rust, mold, deterioration, and (as stated above) the harmful freeze-thaw cycle.

The freeze-thaw cycle is what happens when the water inside of your masonry freezes. When water freezes, it expands, and it forces your brickwork to expand right along with it. That’s a lot of extra stress and strain on your system! This creates more room for water to enter and, as the water freezes and thaws multiple times throughout a winter, your chimney undergoes a lot of shifting. In the long run, this process could cause your brick to crumble, break down, and eventually collapse.

How To Stop This Cycle

If you’re concerned about the effects of the freeze-thaw cycle on your masonry, count on the staff at A-1 Chimney to fix things up! Before moving forward with any preventative maintenance, you’ll want to address any current damages. This will ensure your chimney is in the best shape possible before we apply the necessary protection to keep it healthy year after year.

Our CSIA certified experts will repair and restore your fireplace and chimney, so that it looks like new again. We can replace flashing, fix up your chimney crown, install a chimney cap, and take care of anything else you need done, too! Whether your damage is major or minor, we’re certain we can assist!

Once your brickwork and mortar are patched up and restored, we can apply waterproofing to ensure you don’t have to face this problem again. Waterproofing is a surefire way to keep moisture out for good, and we can guarantee that our products won’t let you down! They provide a tough shield for your system, so that water can’t easily enter and, unlike paints or similar products, they allow your system to breathe out vapors at the same time.

If you’re looking for a stronger chimney, we believe waterproofing is the way to go! Also, if you haven’t scheduled your annual inspection, book a spot with one of our qualified and professional sweeps today. We’ll look things over, so you can move forward with the peace of mind you deserve this winter – and for many more winters to come!

The time to call is now…. Pick up the phone 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 Hiring A CSIA Certified Technician Is Important

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to spread awareness on the importance of regular fireplace and chimney maintenance. That’s why this organization works so hard to train, certify, and continuously educate sweeps all across the country! The CSIA is nationally recognized and holds the standard as far as chimney education.Hiring A CSIA Certified Tech Is Important - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney Specialist

Any chimney company that staffs CSIA certified sweeps and technicians is one you know you can depend on for quality service. That’s why we at A-1 Chimney Specialist are proud to hold and maintain these certifications year after year.

Count On Us For Chimney Inspections

One thing the CSIA promotes is the importance of annual chimney inspections. A qualified expert will look at all parts of your system and ensure no cleanings, repairs, or other maintenance is necessary. Should they spot an issue, they can point you in the right directions as far as getting back into tip top shape as soon as possible.

Whether you’re up for your yearly inspection or you notice something suspicious about how your appliance is running, we can help you out! Count on our certified staff today to do a thorough overview of your entire fireplace. Then, rest easy knowing your home and family are safer any time you light a fire.

We Know NFPA Codes

Another highly recognized corporation is the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The CSIA ensures that all certified techs know the proper NFPA codes necessary to do any job with accuracy and expertise. Sweeps are required to study this material and take an exam to ensure they know all of the ins and outs before earning any certifications.

Continuing Education

One of the best parts about the CSIA certification is that the sweeps are required to renew it every few years. This means that, should any codings, regulations, or techniques be modified or updated, they will definitely know about it! It also helps ensure that these professionals stay on top of their game with every passing year. When you hire a CSIA certified sweep, you’re getting the best of the best!

Trust Us

For quality and care you won’t find anywhere else, you can count on the experts at A-1 Chimney Specialist. We stay up-to-date and informed on all of the latest practices, so we can serve our customer base to the best of our ability – every time! And with our long list of services, repairs, and more, there’s nothing we can’t help you with when it comes to the health of your chimney or dryer vent.

Give us a call today to learn more or visit us online to get in touch with one of our staff members. We look forward to hearing from you soon!