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Chimneys

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, be sure to have it cleaned and inspected regularly to reduce the risk of fire. But be careful who you hire because chimney-repair scams are common.

How to avoid chimney repair scams

These scams lure homeowners via phone solicitations, door-to-door sales pitches or ads offering too-good-to-be-true prices.

Parts of your chimney
Chimney Repair

Here are the basic components of a chimney. Be sure to ask your contractor for details about any special consideration in your chimney's setup.

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Chimney sweep and fireplace inspection, cleaning
Chimney Sweep, Chimney Repair

Regular chimney inspection and cleaning helps prevent fires from creosote buildup and saves money on repairs. Here’s a look at what’s involved and the costs.

A chimney inspection covers every part of the structure, interior and exterior. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member David G. of Portland, Oregon)
Chimney Repair, Chimney Sweep

Chimneys, fireplaces and vents need to be inspected at least once per year. Even an unused chimney needs to be checked for possible animal nests or damage.

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Most all professional chimney sweeps now utilize the National Fire Protection  211 Standard for chimneys, fireplaces , Vents and solid fuel-burning appliances for chimney inspections, which determines when and whether he has to access the roof.

There are 3 levels of inspection  The most commonly performed are Level 1 and level 2  are listed:

Level 1            Done as Annual Inspection

                      Routine cleaning of the flue

                      Direct replacement of a similar appliance

Level 1 inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service under the same conditions with the continued use of the same appliance.

IN A Level 1 inspection, your chimney service tech should examine the *READILY ACCESSIBLE portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. HE will be looking for basic Soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installations and connections. HE will also Verify that  the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.

* Readily accessible Means that no special equipment is required to gain such access, ie.Ladder

 

LEVEL 2            Upon sale or transfer of a property

                       After an operating malfunction or an external event is likely to have caused damage to the chimney

                        Addition or removal of one or more connected appliances, or the replacement of an appliance withone of a different type, a different input rting or a different efficiency.

                        Prior to relining or replacement of the flue lining

 

Level 2 insp. are required when any changes are made to the system. Changes can include a change of Fuel Type, changes in shape or material in the flue,Replacement or addition of an appliance of a disimilar type, input rating or efficiency. Building fires, chimney fire or other seismic events as well as weather events or obvious construction defects would be indicators that a level 2 is warranted.

 

Level 2 includes everything in a level 1 PLUS the *Accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attic, crawl spaces and basements. it addresses proper clearances from combustible in accessible locations.There are no speciality tools required to open or access doors, panels, or coverings during a level 2 insp.  The level 2  insp should also include the visual inspection by video scanning equipment or by other means in order to examine the internaql surfaces and joints of all the flue liners inside the chimney structure. No removal or demolition or any permrnantely attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish shall be required in a level 2 insp.

*ACCESSIBLE means if you can get to it with special equipment do it but you dont have to take apart anything for said access. Use of ladders and cameras just no demolition.

 

LEVEL 3  SEE NFPA 211 STANDARD FOR DETAILS

 

***THE REAL ANSWER to this question lies with the accessibility of the top of the chimney and roof type.  Most professional sweeps want to examine up close the top of the chimney for cracked masonry crowns , which is very common, Flashing issues, top view down flue, and for prefab chimneys to insp the condition of the Chase cover and cap.

Note that the use of a special tool (ladder) to gain access to the chimney is under a level 2 inspection, which can be additional costs since it is a much more thorough inspection.

It is possible to sweep and do a level 1 insp. without accessing the roof. 

 

Also most professional sweeps have equipment that allows us to sweep the chimney with a rotary system that is operated from inside at the fireplace opening and achieve a much better cleaning than pushing brushes down from the top and without getting on the roof. We also video scan the flue from the hearth so the homeowner can be a part of that inspection or "chimney-oscopy". They see the live action of the top of the chimney and conditions that exist inside their system so when they get their report they know they are not some stock pics that could be used to sell repairs but the actual pics of the conditions they viewed in their system. And we do not have to access the roof.

If the chimney access requires multiple ladders or is a "brush with death", there could be extra cost, and the sweep would make an onsite decision regarding the ability to safely reach the top of the chimney or have to use a lesser option of binoculars or rely on experience to determine whats going on up top based on visible symptoms,  if access is too dangerous or not possible.

 

So don't discount a sweeps knowledge or ability on whether he gets on the roof or not. Check him out on referral sites , company web site, credentials, training and experience. Get referals and check on liability insurance and you should be able to find a sweep that can meet your need. If you are in North Carolina check us out at ClassicChimney.com. For the last 25 years we have been sweeping and inspecting chimneys, certified formerly by the CSIA for 15 years and current member of the NC Guild. give us a call  9197822879

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Chimney Repair reviews in Albany

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Work was totally satisfactory. The representative was on time, the job was done quickly and cleanly, and the explanation of what was performed was clear and complete. Would certainly recommend - and use - this service again.
- william C.
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I live out of town, and my parents in Albany gave me a call last weekend as their chimney was leaking during a rainstorm. They had called their roofer, who proposed replacing 7 rows of bricks. I used Angie's List and selected
Albany Chimney Repair Services Provider Name Locked
,
Albany Chimney Repair Services Provider Name Locked
returned my message the same day and went to the house and gave me an estimate within a day or so. His estimate was just slightly above the estimate my parents had received from their roofer butI felt that
Albany Chimney Repair Services Provider Name Locked
and his company were more chimney experts,
and he deducted a crack in the flue that needed to be fixed. His estimate was reasonable for all the work involved and he agreed to start in just a few days.

I just called my father and he is very happy with the work
Albany Chimney Repair Services Provider Name Locked
has done. He said they replaced 11 rows of bricks (more than we thought needing replacing) and the bricks closely match the original bricks. My father was quite worried that the bricks would not match and he is very pleased. They also complete a few other repairs so the chimney is in good order. Of course we'll know for sure after the next large rainstorm if there is any leaking, but right now we are very pleased with the company's work and would recommend them to anyone needing chimney repair.
- Colleen D.
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I'm very pleased with the way the job went. The workers showed up when they said they would, asked questions to clarify the work being done (length of gutter extensions and color of soffit/fascia covering), and cleaned up all supplies/garbage afterwards.
- Steven D.
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We have a house built in the 1920s with its original slate roof. We were experiencing leaks in our attic for some time and made several calls to roofers,some recommended to us and others just from the phone book. Most promised to come and inspect the property and give us an estimate ,but in the end never bothered to show up or return follow-up calls. One roofer did come on site and gave an estimate but never returned to collect the contract and do the work.

I enrolled on Angie's List and found
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, an absolute godsend. Our experience with
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was outstanding.
Albany Chimney Repair Services Provider Name Locked
's responsiveness to our call and our questions was timely, thorough and much appreciated . Bucky and
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are simply magicians. The damage to the roof turned out to be more extensive than originally thought, with large portions of the side showing the most weathering needing replacement of the structure and the slates. Bucky and
Albany Chimney Repair Services Provider Name Locked
took the time to explain what they were doing, what they encountered and, perhaps in response to my worried look, assured us that they would fix it.

The week brought cold rain,wet heavy snow and a brisk wind, but it didn't slow the work being done. Bucky and
Albany Chimney Repair Services Provider Name Locked
worked through the bad weather and brought additional help on the last day to complete the job.
Albany Chimney Repair Services Provider Name Locked
is a very professional organization. We were impressed by their hard work and dedication to the job. Our roof looks great, with special effort made to match slates to those that remained. We would enthusiastically recommend
Albany Chimney Repair Services Provider Name Locked
to our friends and family and as we need some additional interior and exterior work done, hope to contract with them again in the near future.
- Deborah K.
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Fine - responded to phone call, promptly sent folks to estimate and performed repairs - all as promised. Repairs held up during recent tropical storm
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- only roof leak was from 2nd chimney that was not repaired. Satisfied with work. Have set up estimate for repair of second chimney.
- Michele L.
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He was very busy but when he had the time he looked at the roof and provided a very detailed estimate on work that he could provide. The estimate explained all the materials and any extra costs that could occur during work done. He even sent the estimate out on his way out the door on vacation. He went out of his way while very busy and if that reflects on the work he does on roofs, I look forward to working with him in the future.
- Christopher R.
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Our experience with him was very positive. He did quality work. He pointed out a few of the things and took care of a couple of things. When I pointed out a few things I felt should be done, he said that they could be done and that it was no problem. He wanted to do the job right. I will probably know in a couple of years. My impression is that he is a highly qualified mason. His work is very good. His price is near the top, but he is worth it. That is why we went with him. You get what you pay for. He had done some work in the neighborhood and they were happy too. We would use him again in the future.
- David M.
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The persons who did the work were not professional, did not do the work in a timely fashion, and did a poor quality job. The chimney top is not plumb, the masonry looks sloppy, and the new chimney liner ended up being a diameter too small to fully and efficiently exhaust both the boiler and water heater which it needs to do. Needless to say, we were/are most dissatisfied with the work of
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and Chimney and would not recommend them under any circumstances.
- JENIFER C.

All Chimney Repair Services in Albany

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A & C Contracting

Gloversville

A Better Construction LLC

PO Box 116
Johnstown

A Clean Sweep

P.O. Box 167
Clarksville

A-Z Property Maintenance

Saratoga Springs

ABSOLUTE SEAMLESS GUTTERS INC

211 Old Loudon Rd
Latham

ACCURATE MECHANICAL LLC

75 WYLIE ST
Schenectady

Actual Chimney Specialist LLC

4 Alps Mountain Rd
Averill Park

Adirondack Stoves

111 Nott Terrace
Schenectady

ADVANCED ROOFING

2189 HOFFMAN LN
Schenectady

Albany Home Repairs

PO Box 301
Glenmont

All Green Contracting, Inc.

PO Box 3209
Schenectady

All Points Construction

PO Box 237
Greenville

ALTAMONT CHIMNEY SWEEP

1096 LEESOME LN
Altamont

Amore Builder's

p.o. box 1752
Latham

ANTHONY CERONE BUILDING SERVICES

382 BLUE FACTORY RD
Averill Park

Anthonys Masonry

300 Eleventh St
Schenectady

Around The House

959 Ulster Landing Rd
Saugerties

ARTS MASONRY AND CHIMNEY SERVICE

241 MARPE RD
Johnsonville

B and M construction

5 wembly place
Gansevoort

Baldwin Landscaping

944 Saratoga Rd
Gansevoort

Banker Enterprise

14 Dymond Road
New Lebanon

Bold Heating & AC

509 Campbell Ave
Troy

Brazill Contracting

39 Shannon Ave
Cohoes

Bricks, Blocks and More

PO Box 68
Stillwater

British Stone, LTD

191 Fonda Road
Waterford

BUDGET EXTERIOR

104 MASON ST
Johnstown

Capital District Construction

22 Pinewood Rd
Guilderland

Capital Region Masonry

1 Wood St
Albany

Central Masonry and Chimney Inc

10 E State St
Dolgeville

CHIMNEY DOCTORS

1566 Division St.
West Charlton

CORNERSTONE CHIMNEY

43 DOUGLAS ST
Wynantskill

Country Sweeps Chimney Service

300 Schodack Dr
Castleton On Hudson

COUNTRYSIDE STOVE & CHIMNEY INC OF BURNT HILLS

839 SARATOGA RD RTE 50
Burnt Hills

Cousins Construction

20 Hibbard St
Schenectady

Couture Contracting & Modular Homes

383 Stuffle Street
Cropseyville

Custom Contractors

124 Paine St
Green Island

Davco Construction LLC

2107 4th Ave
Watervliet

David Contracting

73 Fremont st.

DFS In-Home Services

2505 Carmel Ave.
Brewster

DL Industries

1010 Washington Avenue
Rensselaer

Dymling & McAvoy Inc

PO Box 820
New Lebanon

dynamic construction

1026 Trinity Ave
Schenectady

Dynamic Roofing

1026 Trinity Ave
Schenectady

Efficient Heating & Cooling Services

37 Bloomingdales Ave
Gloversville

Go Green Express Home Services

145 S William St
Newburgh

H&G Genral Contracting LLC

Po box 129
Sand Lake

Hayner Masonry

22b Adirondack circle
Gansevoort

HD Concrete

853 Rock City Rd
Ballston Spa

herzog construction

25 crawford rd

HouseSmart Home and Office Improvement

221 Northline Road
Ballston Spa

Jay's painting and general contracting

4259 RT 20
Castleton On Hudson

JC MCCASHION CONSTRUCTION INC.

84 Frederick Avenue
Albany

JDC Contracting

52 Phillips St
Amsterdam

Jeffrey Mason

PO Box 6003
Schenectady

Jellco Construction INC

PO Box 4550
Saratoga Springs

JOHN LANZA ROOFING

4 ADMIRAL ST
Albany

John T. Construction

76 E. Fulton St.
Golversville

Kenny's Homework

239 Antone Rd
Corinth

KEY STONE CONTRACTING

250 OLNEYS RD
Petersburg

Kinetic Basement Solutions Inc

PO Box 765
Clifton Park

Knights Construction

181 Clay Hill Rd
Fort Ann

L M Mason Contractors

211 S Main St
Gloversville

Lamountain Contracting

843 7th ave
Troy

Laurenzo Contracting, Inc.

613 Clement Street
Mechanicville

Lazio Construction, Inc.

63 Nott Rd
Rexford

LEAK PROOF ROOFING & SIDING

Capital region
Schenectady

Level Best LLC

207 Riverview Rd
Rexford

Lewis Lawn Care & Masonry, LLC.

PO Box 113
Wynantskill

LMN Construction

18 Ethel Dr
Albany

M Johnson Contracting

135 Cary Rd
Mechanicville

MARX'S ROOFING & PAINTING

485 MUSELBECK RD
Pattersonville

Masonry Unlimited By RJM

1 E La Claire St
Hudson Falls

Matchless Stove & Chimney

693 US Route 9W
Glenmont

Matchless Stove & Chimney Inc

1774 State Route 9
Clifton Park

MDS Masonry

110 brookline rd a2
Ballston Spa

Moore's Custom

1248 Farley Rd
Hudson Falls

Mountainside Chimney and Stone

34 Brant Ave.
Fort Johnson

Mr Chimney

529 Rockland Ave
Mamaroneck

Mr Soot Professional Chimney Sweep

3143 E Lydius St
Schenectady

msmasonry

Esperance

NML Contracting & Roofing

PO Box 11213
Albany

NOAH'S ARK CONSTRUCTION

6370 FRENCHS HOLLOW RD
Altamont

Northeastern Masonry & Chimney

1650 US Rte 9W
Selkirk

OLD DOG MASONS

5861 VEEDER RD.
Slingerlands

Over The Top Chimney Services

1744 Broadway
Schenectady

Paniccia Masonry

523 Harrison Ave.
Schenectady

Pelton Contracting

804 county route 111

Perfection Roofing

78 Whitehall Rd
Albany

Phelps Brothers Roofing LLC

49 Mountain View Rd
Nassau

plumb roofing and chimney repair

1222 Cullen Ave
Schenectady

Precision Contracting

50 Lincoln Street
Gloversville

Pride Painting

33 Defreest Ave.
Troy

PROFESSIONAL CHIMNEY SERVICES

2322 HARRISON
Schenectady

RAY'S HOME IMPROVEMENTS

141 ST RTE 143
Westerlo

Razzano Homes & Remodelers Inc

5 Biscayne Blvd.
Troy

RINSLER MASONRY

PO BOX 554
Slingerlands

RJK Renovations

900 Rock City Rd
Ballston Spa

Ron's PropertyMaintenance Inc

12 Kenlyn Drive
Albany

Sacandaga Stove & Chimney LLc

2808 Sta hey 29
Johnstown

Saratoga Chimney Sweep

15 Farmington Ave
Gansevoort

SARATOGA MASONRY SUPPLY

435 MAPLE AVE
Saratoga Springs

Sealed Right

391 9TH ST
Troy

SHEAR CONTRACTORS INC

1317 LOWER BROADWAY
Schenectady

Signature Homes & Renovations

447 County Route 10
Corinth

SKYVIEW ROOFING CORP

1182 RTE 9W
Selkirk

SKYWAY ROOFING INC

1268 BROADWAY
Albany

Spire Restoration LLC

2 Locust Ct
Ballston Spa

tlc residential and commercial

25 Fish Lake Ave
Niverville

Top Hat Chimney Sweeps

56 W Grand St
Palatine Bridge

TriCounty Masonry

31 Rossi Way
Rensselaer

Two Brothers, LLC

81 pierre ave

Ultimate Roofing

2035 Caldicott Road
Schenectady

United Specialists Inc

424 New Scotland S Rd
Slingerlands

Upstate Property Service

430 Clarendon Street
Schenectady

Windows Plus

2380 rt 385
Coxsackie

Windswept Chimney Service

6 Vista Drive
Schenectady

Z-Ipek & Sons Inc

324 Torquay Blvd.
Albany

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