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A lightning protection system includes many components. The key components, which work together to protect structures from lightning damage, are air terminals, conductors, bonds, ground terminations, and surge protection devices. It is important to note that a Lightning Protection System must be installed to Code. The national codes are UL 96/96A (Underwriters Laboratories), LPI 175 (Lightning Protection Institute), NFPA 780 (National Fire Protection Association). If the system is not strictly installed to codes, the system may actually cause more harm then good. A-1 Lightning Protection does not deviate from the codes and does not look for the cheapest and quickest alternative. We strive for perfection and our one-of-a-kind installations are known for reliability, curb appeal, and most importantly functionality. While some try to take shortcuts with code Interpretation, we strive on going above and beyond code.
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CSST (corrugated stainless steel tubing) Problem/ Lawsuit:
As we were court approved as a installer to remedy the problem with the CSST pipe and classaction lawsuit, we are unable to post any information but to link to resources. Please call us if you have the pipe installed in your house. We are only able to discuss in person the problem because it is part of our installation. Please note that most of our competitors do not bring this issue up when installing a new system. In most areas in Florida (like The Villages) we were the only approved contractor. Any of our competiors could of became court approved but not one met the required qualifications. This is a big and important part of our installation, a system without proper bonding can still cause issues. Please call us if have anything similar to the pictures shown. To read more about the lawsuit you can visit http://www.pddocs.com/csst/
CSST Letter from LSA (click picture to open)
------- Flash notes from LPI
------- From Good Morning America
------- A Great Article on CSST
You can also google "CSST fire or CSST lightning", and you will receive much more information on the issue. All pictures are Clickable.
------- 1 Million $$ lawsuit won
------- Wardflex Bulletin on Lightning
------- NFPA REPORT
Codes and who can install a Lightning Protection System:
------- CSST NEEDS TO BE BONDED AS PART OF THE SYSTEM INSTALL
First thing that you always want to make sure is that your installer strictly adheres to ALL lightning protection codes; UL 96/96A , NFPA 780, and LPI 175. A great way to check if your installer is certified to install lightning protection is to check here (UL website) and here (LPI website). Never take his or her word on it, ALWAYS check for yourself! We are here (UL) and here (LPI) (Lightning.org and UL.com/lightning). Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is first in national product testing for safety and the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) provides the testing for certification. If your installer is not on this list as UL certified or not a Master Installer/Designer, you may be dealing with a installer that is not installing to code. Also always ask for proof of UL inspection certifications, we have 100's and never once failed a inspection. Alot of company's do not offer UL inspections, because a lot of systems that they install are not to code. Before UL increased their price rates, we would have included the inspection for only $200.00 extra. Unfortunately, UL's inspection price has increased. (please see attached letter).
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PLEASE BE STRONGLY AWARE OF WHO YOU HAVE INSTALL A LIGHTNING PROTECTION SYSTEM. A SYSTEM NOT INSTALLED TO CODE IS MORE DANGEROUS THEN HAVING NOTHING AT ALL.
A-1 Lightning Protection has been hired by insurance company's as a consultant when a lightning protection system was not installed to code. CLICK TO VIEW
Below pictures are systems we have run into that were not installed to code. "BE STRONGLY AWARE" if you see a system installed like so.
Serial Numbers and Names have been blocked out for privacy, some commercial jobs are left uncensored. This list below shows proof our certifications and commitment to installing a lightning protection system correctly the 1st time, everytime, without a failed inspection.
There are a couple of listings under "Letter of Findings" (LOF). This certification is offered by UL on structures where only a portion of the entire system is being inspected. A example would be a inspection of a building reroof where the inspection is not possible if the exsisting down conductors and/or ground rods are concealed.
A Certificate is a full master label certification. The building has been installed correctly to all standards.
A Deviation is where a lightning protection system was installed but deviated from the codes (we do not have one deviation letter)
Always make sure your installer shows proof of workers comp and liability insurance!
A lightning protection system solely does not protect your structure against lightning/electrical surges that enter on the electric, cable, phone and data lines. UL requires a 3 step process to fully protect your home.
1) Install a UL Listed Master Label Lightning Protection system to all national codes.
2) Install a UL Listed 3rd edition 1449 rated Surge Protection Device @ your service panel
3) Install UL listed 1449 plug-in surge protectors on TV's, phones and other electronic devices to limit the voltage to 1 1/2 times the normal (maximum for solid state devices)
Step 2: By installing a Surge Suppressor at the point-of-entry service panel, you'll not only protect against lightning strikes, transformer overloads and problems from downed utility poles, you'll also expand the longevity of your electronics. This will protect all your large appliances, however this will not protect against strikes into your cable, phone, or data lines.
Step 3: Plug in devices are required to protect cable, phone and data lines. All these communication lines go outside and directly into your home. It is possible to protect these lines through the service entry however we always recommend protecting the device at the plug-in point. This helps protect against internal surges and let-through voltage from your protector at the service panel.
IF installed correctly, these devices above can be easily protected with components like below.
A-1 Lightning Protection has the knowledge and know-how when protecting structures from lightning surges. We are experienced in installations as small as residential or as large as hospital data centers/ smart rooms.
Locally installing lightning protection in The Villages, Ocala, Gainesville, Crystal River, Spring Hill, Lady Lake, Tavares, Eustis, Leesburg, Inverness and surrounding cities.
Marion, Lake, Sumter, Citrus, Levy, Alachua, Putnam and Volusia Counties
GOVERNMENT (Secur Cleared) INDUSTRIAL RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL FARMS
"We install/service lightning protection systems in the entire state of Florida and consultate national and world wide"
Vulnerable devices include but not limited to Garage Door Openers, Irrigation System Controllers, Microwave Ovens, Washers & Dryers (110V gas), Sound Systems, Game Systems, Golf Cart chargers, Refrigerators, Freezers, and any other piece of valuable electronic.