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PREPARE FOR A WINTER STORM

This weekend a winter storm is predicted to hit Kansas City. Right now is the time to check to see if you are prepared for the worst.

How To Prepare For A Winter Storm:

  • Have at least a 3-day supply of food and water for your family and a 3-day supply of medications.
  • Have flashlights with fresh batteries, don’t forget backup batteries.
  • Get a weather radio.
  • Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected and stock-up on wood.
  • Make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors and test them. Also, have a fire extinguisher!
  • Insulate your water pipes.
  • Have coolers on hand if the power goes out and freeze ice packs ahead of time.
  • Read more tips here.

 

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Winter Tips: Clean Your Fireplace

Henges Insulation is helping you prepare for winter! We will be sharing tips this season to help you get your house ready for the cold weather.

Tip #6: Clean Your Fireplace

Cleaning your fireplace is not only a matter of aesthetics. It’s also a matter of fire safety. Be sure to take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself from inhaling any soot or debris from the fireplace, too, as it is harmful to your health.

How To Clean A Fireplace:

Read more winter tips.

Henges Insulation is dedicated to providing professional service to homeowners, builders and commercial contractors in the KC Metro and surrounding areas. We can help you save on energy costs, conserve energy, and make a valuable investment in your home.

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Winter Tips: Get A Fireplace Inspection

Henges Insulation is helping you prepare for winter! We will be sharing tips this season to help you get your house ready for the cold weather.

Tip #1: Keep your fireplaces clean and in good working condition for optimal performance. 

A yearly fireplace inspection by knowledgeable technicians is recommended to inspect the device’s firebox and chimney for buildup of debris that can block dangerous smoke.

Henges Insulation is dedicated to providing professional service to homeowners, builders and commercial contractors in the KC Metro and surrounding areas. We can help you save on energy costs, conserve energy, and make a valuable investment in your home.

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Fireplace Safety Tips

Fireplace Safety Tips

Here are some helpful Fireplace Safety Tips from HealthyChildren.org

  • If possible, keep a window cracked open while the fire is burning.
  • Be certain the damper or flue is open before starting a fire. Keeping the damper or flue open until the fire is out will draw smoke out of the house. The damper can be checked by looking up into the chimney with a flashlight or mirror. Do not close the damper until the embers have completely stopped burning.
  • Use dry and well-aged wood. Wet or green wood causes more smoke and contributes to soot buildup in the chimney. Dried wood burns with less smoke and burns more evenly
  • Smaller pieces of wood placed on a grate burn faster and produce less smoke.
  • Clean out ashes from previous fires. Levels of ash at the base of the fireplace should be kept to 1 inch or less because a thicker layer restricts the air supply to logs, resulting in more smoke.
  • The chimney should be checked annually by a professional. Even if the chimney is not due for cleaning, it is important to check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping.
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable (ie: furniture, drapes, newspapers, books, etc.). If these items get too close to the fireplace, they could catch fire.
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended. Make sure it is completely out before going to bed or leaving the house. If you leave the room while the fire is burning or the fireplace is still hot, take your small child with you.
  • Minimize your child’s chance of burns from the hot glass front of some fireplaces. Safety screens can be installed to reduce the risk of burns.
  • Put fireplace tools and accessories out of a young child’s reach. Also, remove any lighters and matches.
  • Install both smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.

 

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Certifications And Associations

Henges Insulation in Olathe, Kansas, is a leading contractor in the insulation industry in the Kansas City area. We have provided high-quality products and services to builders, remodelers, designers, architects and homeowners since 1932.

We are members of the Better Business Bureau and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Some of our credentials include:

If there is anything we can help you with, please contact us at 913-764-4600 or complete a contact form. We look forward to working with you!

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Using Your Fireplace or Stove During a Power Outage

One of the most common emergencies in our homes is losing power. At first, losing power is just an inconvenience, but if it lasts more than a few hours, it can become a more serious situation.

Using Your Fireplace or Stove During a Power Outage

Using Your Fireplace or Stove During a Power Outage

During the cold months, power outages can result in loss of heat, making it uncomfortable or even impossible to stay in our homes. When this happens, we appreciate our fireplaces and stoves more than ever. Here’s how to be prepared:

Wood-burning Hearth Products

  • If you have a wood pile and a wood-burning fireplace or stove, you’re in good shape to keep your house warm during a power outage.

Gas Fireplaces – Standing Pilot

  • If your gas fireplace has a standing pilot, it should light itself fine during a power outage since it doesn’t require electricity to activate the pilot flame. If you need to light it manually, consult your owner’s manual.

Gas Fireplaces – Intermittent Pilot Ignition

  • If your gas fireplace was manufactured recently, it may have an energy-saving intermittent pilot ignition system, which requires electricity to spark the pilot flame each time it’s used. Many models, like Heat & Glo gas fireplaces and inserts are outfitted with IntelliFire or IntelliFire Plus ignition systems, which have battery backup systems that can be used to light the pilot during a power outage. Generally, IntelliFire systems require two D cell batteries, and IntelliFire Plus systems require four AA batteries. If you have a remote control or a wall switch with a display, find the control box in the lower controls of the fireplace or behind the stove. There will be a switch that slides between ON, OFF and REMOTE – slide this to ON for the appliance to operate with the power off. If you have questions, consult your owner’s manual.

Pellet stoves and inserts

  • They require electricity to light the flame and many models are available with battery backup systems. Consult your owner’s manual to determine what size and how many batteries are needed. Also, keep in mind that sometimes power outages can cause power surges that may damage circuit boards and motors. For this reason, it’s a good idea to unplug your pellet stove during a storm, or plug it into a surge protector. Another option for lighting your stove is to plug it into a generator, if you have one.
  • Keep in mind that batteries should be used only in the event of a power outage, as battery longevity can be affected by the temperature of the appliance. So, remove the batteries when you’re not using them during a power outage.

Hearth products become great assets during power outages! If you have questions, please consult your owner’s manual or your local hearth dealer.

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What We Do

At Henges, we are dedicated to helping you find the insulation best for your situation. Whether you are a homeowner, builder or commercial contractor, we will help you understand the products we have to offer and arrange the installation at your convenience.

Henges Insulation is part of the strong, privately-owned team of Jay Henges Enterprises Inc. in St Louis, Missouri. A successful and diversified building specialty contractor, Jay Henges Enterprises began to expand its services to the Kansas City area in the early 1940s. We have remained privately-owned and continue to operate independently to serve customers in Kansas City and the surrounding areas. Henges has continued to grow and build our relationships in the area for the past eight decades.

Kansas City Insulation Services

At Henges Insulation, our certified professionals undergo extensive training followed by continuing education and re-certifications throughout their careers. When choosing insulation for your home, our experts will provide you with options and help you select the best insulation products available. We work with builders, commercial contractors and homeowners throughout the metro Kansas City area. 

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We are members of the Better Business Bureau, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and Angie’s List.

Some of our credentials include:

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How To Clean A Fireplace

This helpful video about how to clean a fireplace will give you all the information you will need to get the job done, including materials needed and cleaning steps, in just two minutes.

How To Clean A Fireplace:

Here’s a handy summary of the materials you will need to clean your fireplace:

  • goggles
  • paper mask
  • old clothes
  • garbage pail
  • trash bags
  • drop cloths
  • whisk broom
  • shop vacuum
  • nylon scrub brush
  • warm water
  • 1 cup chlorine bleach
  • rubber gloves
  • large bucket
  • rags and towels
  • newspapers
  • glass cleaner
  • oven cleaner

Cleaning your fireplace is not only a matter of aesthetics. It’s also a matter of fire safety. Be sure to take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself from inhaling any soot or debris from the fireplace, too, as it is harmful to your health.

 

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Outdoor Gas Fire Pits And Fire Pit Tables

Did you know that Henges Insulation sells outdoor gas fire pits and fire pit tables? Our patio and backyard fire pit tables are perfect for parties or quiet nights at home with the family. Enjoy yummy s’ mores or warm up on a cool night.  If your outdoor living space needs a little love, we can help! 

Renegade Portable Gas Fire Pit Table

  • All the features of a conventional fire pit, but more compact and is easily transported!
  • This durable, portable campfire makes traveling fun and stress-free.
  • Perfect for tailgating, camping, RVing, and more!
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Stonefire Gas Fire Pit Table

  • Everything you need in both a table and a fire pit.
  • Comes with a matching burner cover for use as a table.
  • Stonefire composite top and enclosed base to hide the propane tank.
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Cove Gas Fire Pit Bowls

  • Stunning round Crystal Fire Burner.
  • The organic, natural appearance of the concrete is unique to each unit and color variations, pitting, and wear are common attributes to the beauty of the fire bowl. 
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Round 46″ Hudson Stone™ Gas Fire Pit Kit

  • Easy to assemble and set up in your own backyard.
  • Assembly required (comes unassembled on pallet).
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Westport Square Pub Height Gas Fire Pit Table

  • This table comes with the choice of an Intrigue or 16×16″ Pewter Crystal Fire™ Burner set inside a beautiful faux-wood tile
  • The distressed wood paneled base will continue to age and wear as time goes on.
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Monte Carlo Linear Gas Fire Pit Table

  • This durable fire pit table comes with black tempered glass top with black powder coated metal base.
  • Grey Glass Burner Cover included.
  • 12×42″ Stainless Steel Crystal Fire™ Burner.
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Looking to add a functional fire feature to your outdoor entertaining space? Call us today at 913-764-4600 and we can go over our wide selection and help you pick out the perfect fire pit!

 

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Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo 2018

Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo 2018

We just got back from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Expo in Nashville! We joined thousands of hearth, patio and barbecue professionals from across the country to learn about the hottest new trends and innovations.

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This Expo is North America’s largest indoor-outdoor living showcase! We got to check out all of the hottest, most innovative products, services and technologies. 

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