A-1 CHIMNEY PRO has a CSIA CERTIFIED
Our company has a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep on
staff at all times and is fully insured for the confidence
and protection of our customers. Call A-1 Chimney Pro
today and let our knowledge and experience work for
you and your family.
Your chimney is important to your family's safety!
A-1 Chimney Pro is the most professional and technically proficient
fireplace and chimney company in Arkansas. In business since 1998,
Calvin Ralls started providing service to Faulkner County in Central
Arkansas then quickly expanded service to other surrounding counties due
to the popular demand of our professional and courteous service.
We now serve thousands of happy customers on
an annual basis in areas such as Hot Springs,
Benton, Bryant, Malvern, Hot Springs Village,
Sheridan, Stuttgart, Carlisle, Little Rock,
Sherwood, Cabot, Maumelle, North Little
Rock, Beebe, Vilonia, Greenbrier, Wooster,
Plumerville, Morrilton, Conway, Bigelow, Russellville,
Pottsville, Dover, Pine Bluff, and Center Ridge. Common
services that we provide are chimney sweeping, safety inspections,
chimney fire evaluation and repair, chimney relines, fireplace installations,
free standing stove installations, fireplace insert installations, chimney
water leak repair, and insurance inspections.
WHY IS CSIA CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT?
How often should I have my chimney cleaned?
This a tougher question than it sounds. The simple answer is: The National
Fire Protection Association Standard 211 says, "Chimneys, fireplaces, and
vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from
deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be
done if necessary." This is the national safety standard and is the correct way
to approach the problem. It takes into account the fact that even if you don't
use your chimney much, animals may build nests in the flue or there may be
other types of deterioration that could make the chimney unsafe to use.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that open masonry
fireplaces should be cleaned at 1/8" of sooty buildup, and sooner if there is
any glaze present in the system. Factory-built fireplaces should be cleaned
when any appreciable buildup occurs. This is considered to be enough fuel
buildup to cause a chimney fire capable of damaging the chimney or
spreading to the home.
I heat with gas. Should this chimney be checked too?
Without a doubt! Although gas is generally a clean burning fuel, the
chimney can become non-functional from bird nests or other debris
blocking the flue. Modern furnaces can also cause many problems
with the average flues intended to vent the older generation of
furnaces. We suggest you check the areas on gas and carbon
monoxide for more information.
My fireplace stinks, especially in the summer.
What can I do?
The smell is due to creosote deposits in the chimney, a
natural byproduct of woodburning. The odor is usually
worse in the summer when the humidity is high and the
air conditioner is turned on. A good cleaning will help but
usually won't solve the problem completely. There are
commercial chimney deodorants that work pretty well,
and many people have good results with baking soda or
even kitty litter set in the fireplace. The real problem is the
air being drawn down the chimney, a symptom of overall
pressure problems in the house. Some make-up air
should be introduced somewhere else in the house. A
tight sealing, top mounted damper will also reduce this air
flow coming down the chimney.
It is the mission of the Chimney Safety
Institute of America to foster public
awareness of issues relating to chimney
and venting performance and safety, and to
promote the education of associated
professionals through technical training and
Fireplace and Chimney Inspection
Wood Burning Stoves
Servicing Arkansas for over a decade!
Fully Insured for your protection!
Info From: CSIA.org
Info From: CSIA.org
Info From: CSIA.org
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