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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 Grand Rapids

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I called
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and the women who answered the phone told me they would send someone out to look at it to give me an estimate on the cost to repair it and leave a copy of the estimate. After almost a month I received a letter from the company yesterday regarding my request. The letter informed me that they were "implementing a new system for chimney evaluation/inspections". The cost to come "look" at chimney to determine the cost of fixing the mortar would be $179. I guess the woman who answered the phone was unaware of this "new system". What is even
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is that at the time of my call, the firm had "free estimate" language all over their website (which has now been removed).
- Faith N.
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first came over to inspect my chimney. My wife and I just bought a house in Heritage Hill and weren't sure of
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condition. He said everything looked to be in good shape, but that we should install some sort of damper. He let me know the associated costs of the two different options, and then gave me his recommendation (the cheaper option!).
Once we approved his work, he immediately let me know when he'd be available to install. He came to perform the installation the same day the flue top damper came in to his supplier.
As first time homeowners, he also gave us some great advice on how to care for our fireplace/chimney, and when to perform maintenance (chimney sweeping).
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is highly recommended!
- Adam M.
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The guys showed up on time and went right to work. Explained to me in detail what exactly they were going to do for that day.
They worked for 6 straight hours and performed 90% of the necessary work to repair the top (20%) portion of
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. The remaining chimney inside and out was also inspected closely. 80% percent of
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did not need any repair. They also recommended highly to purchase a product known as soloxane to be put on over the brick and mortar to place a seal over those two critical components. This will make a very good weather seal that should last at least 25yrs.
Everything was cleaned up after the job was finished and I was pleasantly pleased that
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took old brick and mortar materials to a company that recycles these products.
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comes with my highest recommendation for anyone who needs quality work done at a great price!
- Greg C.
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Everything went very well...Came out to look at what needed to be done, explained everything fully and he and a couple of workers did the job in two days..first day it was kind of rainy..very pleased with the job and recommended him to a neighbor. Would recommend him to all....
- Patricia B.
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I called earlier in the week and left a message with the address of my house and the service requested. He called me back about 45 minutes later from outside the house. He had already looked at
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and quoted the price for the stainless steel screen and canopy. He was available to come out on the date requested, so I scheduled him for that date. He arrived and completed the installation quickly. He gave me the warranty to mail in, and stated that if I have any problems to contact him directly. it was one of the simplest processes I have ever gone through for a home service.
- Lara J.
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I selected this company for a second opinion based on it's Angie's List recommendation. They seemed helpful over the telephone but failed to show up for their scheduled appointment. When I contacted them they had a somewhat reasonable excuse and were willing to reschedule. A few days prior to my next appointment they called asking to reschedule again. They failed to show up this morning for the new appointment. When I called to inquire what happened I was told that she called yesterday and left me a message. THIS WAS A LIE! This company may do good work, if they ever show up. Chimney repair is too expensive to use an unreliable company and I am now going to find someone else.
- Rachel C.
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He dresses the part. He is very professional. He runs his business very well. He brought everything that he needed with him. He was very careful not to make a mess of our house.
- MATTHEW L.
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They did a wonderful job. They were on time and efficient. The quality of their work was excellent. They did a good job of cleaning up after themselves. I would hire them again if needed.
- JOSE R.

All Chimney Repair Services in Grand Rapids

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Above Roofing & Exteriors

30 Ken-O-Sha SE
Grand Rapids

Acadia Chimney and Stone

400 Hoyt St SE
Grand Rapids

Advanced Chimney Sweep

13676 westwood ln
Holland

Alpha & Omega Stove & Sweep

1235 E. Grand River Rd.
Williamston

Avalon Building Concepts

5017 Division Ave South
Grand Rapids

B & B CHIMNEY SWEEPS

970 MARYLAND AVE NE
Grand Rapids

Beckett Home Improvement

1348 Front Ave NW
Grand Rapids

Bender Maintenance and Home Improvement

2525 East Paris Ave SE
Grand Rapids

Black Duck Chimney

549 Academy St
Allegan

Bob's Ext Contract Inc.

8817 N 39 Th St
Augusta

Boonstra Masonry & Repair

3550 Perry Ave SW
Wyoming

Bradfield Home Improvement and Remodeling LLC

1107 South Griffin St
Grand Haven

Builders License Training Institute

5112 US 31 N
Grand Rapids

Chimney Cricket

6032 Harrison SE
Alto

CHIMNEY SWEEP

1336 MAPLEROW AVE NW
Grand Rapids

Classic Chimney LLC

11407 36th St. SE
Lowell

Craft Chimney Sweeps

11692 Youngman rd
Belding

Craft chimney sweeps

11692 Youngman rd.
Belding

Craft chimney sweeps

11692 Youngman rd
Belding

Distinctive Brick & Stone, Inc

1985 Aberdeen NE
Grand Rapids

Ellis Brick and Block

1558 Fairview St
Jenison

Gallagher Design Inc.

851 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids

Gordon Chimney Service

11700 Bass Rd
Middleville

HANCOCK CHIMNEY SERVICE

4096 White St SW Ste 1
Grandville

Hawk Construction

15 Oak Openings
Delton

Home Maintenance Service

5555 Greenboro Dr. S.E.
Grand Rapids

J & S Siding Inc

PO Box 547
Byron Center

Jacobsen Remodeling Inc

401 Hall St SW
Grand Rapids

JEWETT HEATING & COOLING LLC

4585 JENSEN RD
Fruitport

Jordan Roofing

2018 Cedar
Holt

Karasiewicz Construction, Inc.

9280 Wolven Ave NE
Rockford

Kevin Cox

Plainwell

KIEFF'S ROOFING INC

121 CORAL RD NE
Stanton

KUIPER CONSTRUCTION

3822 Murray View Dr NE
Lowell

Master Craftsmen Handyman

623 Chary View Ct NW
Kent City

North Kent Contractors

16673 Tyrone Ave
Kent City

Potts Masonry

76 Veterans Drive
Holland

Rasmussen Exteriors

2914 3 Mile Rd
Grand Rapids

Reliable Vendors

1438 Rathbone S.W.
Grand Rapids

Reliance Property Development

273 Summit St.
Rockford

Schmidt Roofing & Construction Inc

552 W Southern Ave
Muskegon

Set Apart Construction

9844 Byron Center Ave SW
Byron Center

Sikma Construction Services LLC

2300 Lake Michigan Dr NW
Grand Rapids

SNYDER'S ROOFING

6307 W CARSON CITY RD
Greenville

Somerset Painting

2727 Alpine Ave NW
Grand Rapids

The Chimney Specialist LLC

407 Milwaukee Ave NW # 1
Grand Rapids

TOWN CORNERS ROOFING & EXTERIORS LLC

10444 STANTON ST
Zeeland

W.M.G.B. Inc

2131 Martindale Ave SW
Wyoming

West Michigan Fireplace & Hearth

401 S Broadway
Middleville

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