Review Our Business
Schedule an appointment TODAY! 931-967-3595

Our Company Blog

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.

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!

Last Minute Holiday Tips For Fireplace Safety

Fireplace Safety Near the Holidays - Tullahoma TN - A-1 Chimney SpecialistThe holidays are here and preparations are in full swing. Homeowners are stocking up on food, gifts, and more as they gear up for days filled with parties and family get-togethers. To-do lists grow and everyone seems to be busy as the days count down fast.

There is always a lot going on, so remember to stay alert to any fires or open flames throughout the house. Between cooking, lighting candles, hanging lights, and utilizing the fireplace, statistics show that damage from fires is heightened this time of year.

At A-1 Chimney Specialist, one thing we know about is fireplace safety. Read up on some of these tips to ensure you and your family stay as safe as possible during the festive weeks ahead.

Schedule An Inspection

Having a professional in to check everything out can make a substantial difference in how efficiently your fireplace runs. If repairs or cleanings are needed, no fires should be lit. Doing so will put your home and family at an increased risk for harm. Excess debris, creosote, and blockages all are major triggers for chimney fires and smoking issues. Avoid expensive damage and health issues by calling in one of our experts to take a look today!

Be Cautious When Decorating

While decorating the mantle may seem like a classic way to spread some Christmas cheer, it could be putting you in some danger. Ensure that all décor is far away from the fireplace anytime you have a fire going. Most of the decorations out there are highly flammable and stray embers or sparks could easily cause them to ignite. Play it safe and keep your Christmas stockings far away from the fireplace.

Don’t Burn Trash

When wrapping paper, plastic dishware, and more start to pile up, you may think burning them would be an easy way to clean the house. Always remember – this is a bad idea! Doing so causes smoking issues, creosote build-up, and hotter fires. All of these things put your home at a higher risk for house fires and put your family and possessions in harm’s way. Burn only seasoned wood to ensure a clean and efficient fire every time around.

Clean Ash Regularly

Cleaning out the ash and soot on a regular basis is good practice when comes to maintaining fireplace health. When doing this, use metal tools and storage containers to ensure no potential fires will ignite. Coals can stay live for days, so store all of your ash in something non-flammable that can be tightly sealed. Place the container on brick, stone, or another similar surface, and keep it away from your home until you know everything has sufficiently cooled.

As always, turn to A-1 Chimney Specialist if you have any other questions. We can assist with any repairs, installations, cleanings, or more! We work carefully and professionally so that you can rest easy, and enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. Call us today!

Heatshield Liner Repair

At A-1 Chimney Specialist, we take pride in knowing our customers will always receive the best possible chimney care. By investing in our services, you can rest easy knowing we do all we can to make your chimney and fireplace as safe as possible. One way we do this is by offering services for repairing damaged chimney liners.

Why Chimney Liners Are Importantheatshield liner repair - tullahoma tn - a-1 chimney specialist

Many know they have chimney liners, but have little knowledge of their true purpose and function. Check out a few of the many ways chimney liners are necessary for safe fireplace use.

Reduce Risk Of Fire: Liners protect any flammable materials on the roof and throughout the chimney from catching fire and spreading. Without a proper working liner, a house could catch fire within a matter of hours! Take the safe route and ensure that everything is in proper order by scheduling an inspection today.

Maintain Chimney Health: Your chimney will stay in better condition, overall, if you invest in a well-functioning liner for it. All of the toxins and debris build-up that form when you use your fireplace can wind up breaking down various parts of your chimney at a rapid rate. With a liner in place, these substances are far less likely to get to the brick and cause issues.

Ensure Efficiency: Because liners work to seal everything up, you can rest assured knowing your fireplace is running as efficiently as possible. Broken down liners mean leaks will occur and your chimney will be vulnerable to a lot of issues. Don’t put up with smoking problems, heating issues, or potentially dangerous situations any longer, and invest in our services today!

What We Can Do

As most homeowners know, fixing a flue liner can wind up being a very costly ordeal. It may hardly seem worth the time and expense! Fortunately for you, A-1 Chimney Specialist has alternative methods that prove to be much more cost-efficient.

We use Heatshield for our liner fixes and we trust this product for even the toughest of jobs! One reason this product works so well to save you money is that there is no need to remove your current liner. We simply use Heatshield to patch up holes, cracks, and other damages, leaving you with a tightly-sealed chimney, ready for use throughout the cold months.

Whether your chimney needs a few quick fixes or has more extensive damage, we can help! Not only do our products work great, but we typically get liner repairs done in only 1 – 2 days! After that, you are free to enjoy your fireplace to the fullest, surrounded by family and loved ones. Don’t let a broken down liner ruin your holiday season, and give A-1 Chimney Specialist a call today!

Your Chimney And Bird Screens

What You Need To Know

Bird screens are a great way to ensure that animals stay out of your chimney.

Bird screens are a great way to ensure that animals stay out of your chimney.

When you talk with your A-1 Chimney Specialist technicians about your regular and preventative chimney care, we’ll probably focus a lot on preventing moisture from getting into and damaging your system and keeping up with your annual chimney inspections and regular chimney sweeping appointments.

But moisture intrusion and creosote-lined flues aren’t the only things you need to be concerned about when it comes to your chimney. If your chimney doesn’t have a cap or a bird screen and you haven’t yet had a problem with nesting animals, you’re among the lucky few — and from our experience (more than a decade of servicing chimneys), that luck is bound to run out sooner rather than later.

Birds And Other Animals Are Drawn To Your Chimney

When you look at your chimney, you might see a beautiful brick structure that adds to the welcoming aesthetic of your home, or a hard-working system that helps keep dangerous gases and high heat out of your living area while you enjoy a fire. When birds and other animals look at your chimney, they see a protected, warm and cozy place to make a home and warm some little ones. If you don’t have a bird screen, they also see a figurative vacancy sign.

Why Nesting Animals Cause Problems For Chimney Owners

Your chimney was designed to carry the byproducts of combustion up through the flue, via an upward movement of air we call draft. For proper draft to occur, you need — among other things — a properly built and installed flue and a properly installed and sized flue liner, free of cracks and gaps and obstructions that might impede or block the draft. Stuff that flue with errant materials — like, say, bird and animal nests — and your draft is negatively affected. When hot air and gases aren’t expelled properly, heat can build up in the chimney. Since nesting materials tend to be highly combustible things like brush and twigs, it’s easy to see why this situation is worrisome — high heat plus combustible materials, and you might be looking at a chimney fire.

Fire isn’t the only concern with nesting animals in chimneys, though. There are the simple annoyances like sounds and smells, and the health concerns with insects and bacteria. There’s also the possibility that young or sick animals might get into your flue and find themselves unable to get out, which leaves a dead animal in your chimney.

We can help keep those frustrations and others from happening by installing a bird screen.

Bird screens offer effective protection against intruding animals, and the well-made products we install will last through years of enjoying your fireplace or stove, stowaway-free.

If you’d like to learn more about bird screens, or want to make an appointment to have A-1 Chimney Specialist technicians install one on your chimney, just give us a call!

Find Posts About

Recent Posts