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"My house is about 50 years old and the foundation has been slowly settling causing cracks in stone fireplace and separation of chimney from the house siding. " and his guys did an excellent job in repairing the fireplace and chimney. They arrived when promised and completed the job in two days. The results were better than I expected. Would have liked to have had a written estimate, but with the honesty of these guys none was needed. did everything and more than what he verbally promised. Will definitely use these guys again.

-Jeff S.

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"Weather was not on our side for the originally scheduled dates of 10/9 & 10/10. called on Saturday, 10/11. The weather forecast did not" look good for the beginning of the next week, but he felt that perhaps he could start the job the end of the week--Thurs/Fri 10/16 & 10/17--stating he would switch another customer originally scheduled at the end of the week to the beginning. I agreed. On Wednesday afternoon of 10/15, with the forecast not looking good for Thursday, I called and left a voice mail at 717-439-7039 about whether he was cancelling the two days. I received no return call. My husband was now scheduled off for 10/16 & 10/17. It was cloudy Thursday, then sunny, then a thunderstorm in the afternoon. I texted at 10:49 am on 10/16 to check in and ask what his thoughts were since Thursday was a no go. The weather forecast seemed favorable for Friday and Saturday. No return text. Friday was here, I called him again at 11:32 am--same number, got voicemail, and left another message. I also sent an email. Again, there was no response from on Friday 10/17. On Saturday morning, 10/18, at 7:35 am after no response or contact with him for three days and four messages, I sent a text stating that his lack of responsiveness tells me does not want the chimney job. I completely understand the weather issues, but weather is no excuse not to stay in touch. We decided to move forward with another contractor. At 7:37 am on 10/18, I finally received a return call from --funny how that works. He was apologetic stating he wants to do the work, but the weather has been prohibitive. I expressed my frustration/annoyance over his unresponsiveness. I explained that in my opinion, there is absolutely no excuse for waiting three days to get back to a customer and a text message would have sufficed. I elaborated that in my opinion good customer service means responding within 24 hours of a call/customer communication. I gave him three chances to redeem himself--Wed, , Fri--and failed. His excuse was he had nothing to tell me because the weather did not look good, and he could not just rearrange other customer to accommodate me. I expressed that I was not asking him to rearrange other customers, just communicate within me. I told him no matter how busy you are, there is always a spare moment to text back--even if it's just to say when you'll be back in touch with me. In my opinion left me hanging for three days. No matter how qualified he may be to do the job or how good the price, I have no confidence that he will not go MIA on me in the middle of the job--not to mention sealing the chimneys has to occur after the mortar cures, which in October could take 30 days. How do I know he'll come back without me having to chase him down. It's simply not worth that possibility.

-Linda L.

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The cost will be determined by the type and length and the connection made to the gas furnace. Type of liner is based on the acidic moisture output and the appliance afue rating. Highly efficient appliances will need a stainless alloy liner like AL29-4c which can cost retail $65/ft plus components for connection (another $150) plus labor $70/hr and taxes for 6 inch round. ($58/ft for 5" rd)

Less efficient systems (below 83% afue rating) can utilize aluminum vent pipe that comes as a kit for about $325, plus labor $70/hr. Basic installations can take 3-4 hours.

B-vent connections are commonly used with gas venting infront of connection to the vent or liner.

Most masonry chimneys cannot take the excessive moisture produced from todays high efficient gas systems and are often vented with pvc, by-passing the masonry chimney and exiting outside the foundation. If that is not possible then inserting either a AL49-c stainless or aluminum liner down the terra-cotta flue of the chimney designated for the furnace in order to make a connection at the appliance in the basement or crawl space.

Every system has its own challenges and set backs so average costs can change with install complexity and length of vent.

For further info contact me at Davelamm@classicchimney.com or call 919-782-2879

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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 Harrisburg

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Job went very smoothly. , Owner, was very professional and personalized in his approach. Very competitive pricing. Written estimate was clear and to the point. Easy to understand. Job came in as quoted. and his staff were very easy to work with. Masons received training/education at ...More College of Technology; hold certifications from chimney safety institutes, as well. I appreciate their commitment to continuing education and to staying current with industry safety standards through their memberships in professional organizations as standards and recommendations do change over time. Excellent workmanship. Very pleased with all services from inspection, to estimating, to finished product. Would highly recommend.
- Susan G.
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Shortly thereafter, the fireplace was still taking in water and basement ceiling tiles were wet. We called several times. An inspection was made by them in December of 2013. Because of the ice and snow on the chimney, nothing more could be done until Spring. Starting in March, we called many times to schedule ...More a time for them to come back and fix the problem. They should have called us first. In any case, no call backs have been received, and the problem us still as bad as ever. If wants to maintain in good standing on Angie's List, I would think they would act in a more responsible fashion than they have. No call backs and no service is inexcusable to me.
- carol L.
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They did an excellent job. The hearth is so clean I don't want to burn any more wood fires!
During the inspection they found some damage to the inside of the chimney and showed me a photo taken from the roof. They presented me with an estimate of $2145 for what appears to be a new process of chimney coating that will help restore and protect ...More it. I wasn't expecting this and am wondering if there's not a different and perhaps more reasonably priced way to protect the inside of the chimney. I looked on Angie's list for an alternative and there's only one other chimney sweep/repair company listed. I know has an excellent reputation so I'm not suspicious that the problem detected is not real. I'm just cautious and don't have lots of resources, so I want to proceed with caution and I don't want to pay huge amounts of interest if I go ahead with the job and finance it.
- Kathleen D.
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This was a job that one other firm declined as too uncertain of outcome. 's was confident they could do it and price quoted was very competitive. Came promptly for site survey, didn't hem and haw about contingencies in the work,showed on time for work and was finished more quickly than initially estimated. First ...More class experience. Mr. clearly knows his business.
- Michael D.
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was asked to provide a quotation on the work. He came for the estimate within a week. He made an estimate on the spot with prices and options such as gutter guards of different types. We made our selection after a day or two and mailed him the signed agreement. No deposit was requested. We agreed that the chimney work should ...More be done first, before the roof was replaced by another contractor. The chinmey repairs turned out to be more extensive than originally anticipated but the price did not increase. Prior to the chimney work, it had been leaking; since then, no leaks.
We chose to get the high end gutter guards even though they are more expensive than the gutters themselves. The gutters and guards were installed a week after the new roof was installed. They look great and everything seemed to work just fine last night during and after a very heavy rain.
and his helper were polite, cleaned up thoroughly after themselves and did not damage anything in our flower beds or on the house itself. We are quite pleased with the outcome. We were told that prefers not to do chimney work, but rather his specialty is gutter work. As far as we can tell, he is very skilled at both. Consider us satisfied customers on both counts.
- Chuck W.
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Joined Angie's list on Friday morning. Sent emails out through Angie's list. Received an email back that day - happened to be in the area. He was at my house by 4 pm. Gave us an estimate and said he thought he might be able to fit me in within the next two weeks. On Monday morning, he was here. By Tuesday, the ...More project was complete and I felt terrible that he didn't get paid bc I was at parent-teacher conferences.
My neighbors and friends were all told to wait until spring to have their chimneys fixed so I am grateful this worked out bc this fireplace is defintely a source of heat for us in the winter.
- Marybeth G.
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After I contacted the company, responded quickly and we scheduled the appointment. He arrived on time and answered all of our questions. We felt very confident in his expertise and his quote was fair. When they came to do the work, they were prompt and got right to work. They were all very professional and cleaned up afterward. ...More We will definately call them next year to do the rest of the chimney. We really like .
- Karen E.
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I had met through church several years ago, although I was not aware of his occupation. I only knew that he had set out to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Recently a friend recommended him for any repair and/or remodeling work. When I called he promptly came over and looked at the job. He called his dad, ...More , also an established contractor I learned, with more experience in masonry, to see when his dad was free and then gave us a reasonable estimate. Later that day he called to confirm the date for the job, two days later.

We had moved in to this 1961 ranch house at the beginning of May - and then the rains came. Although the real estate disclosure had no report of roofing leaks I found some indication that the heavy and prolonged rains were finding access.

The roof was generally in good shape, and the Home Inspector we used stated that the shingles had at least several (5 to 7) more years of usable life. He did make note of the deteriorated cap and "recent" patch repairs around the flashing, but saw no visible signs of leaking on the inside.

One very rainy day after we moved in, as I was doing my own "inspection" of my purchase, crawling around in the attic, and discovered several water leaks around the old-style roof ridge vent, the chimney flashing and it's cap. Re-flashing the chimney seemed to be the largest part of the repairs needed and with more rains in the immediate forecast, I got materials and re-coated the flashing myself, filling in some obvious cracks.

Then, two estimates from Angie's List roofers were collected. Both were only for the flashing, ridge vent and roof patch repairs needed since I did not want to bear the cost of an entire new roof now. Both companies were concerned about the chimney being repaired first and it was incorporated into their quotes.

That's when a friend made a comment about a job had recently done for them. He recommended I call. I thought, OK, let's take this one piece at a time. I was confident that the flashing was patched to last until the roof gets replaced, and I was also considering tackling the ridge vent re-caulking or replacement. What I needed was the chimney done by a pro.

Today's work has solved my immediate problem and the cost has already given us a considerable savings. And is returning to also take care of installing a new ridge vent and repairing a soft spot at the peak.

I'm thankful for the friend's recommendation.
- Allen F.

Chimney Repair Services in Harrisburg

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A+ Masonry Restorations LLC

237 E Ross St
Lancaster

Above The Peak Chimney Services

894 hidden hollow drive

ADP Masonry Restoration

810 Hummel Ave
Lemoyne

Allen Building Systems, Inc.

5698 Gingrich Road
Hershey

Allied Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.

340 Pleasant View Rd
New Cumberland

America's Choice Remodeling

3050 C Canby Street
Harrisburg

Anderson's Chimney Sweeps Inc

207 Walnut Alley
New Cumberland

Bahret Church Interiors, Inc.

135 North Fairview Ave
Harrisburg

Bakers Fire Water Mold Restoration

301 N red school Road
Morgantown

Battlefield Hearth & Solar

2031 York Rd
Gettysburg

BMK Construction

1098 Trail Road North
Elizabethtown

Bob Sheetz Roofing & Siding Co LLC

4701 Earl Dr
Harrisburg

Brandt's Custom Builders

Paradise rd.
Duncannon

Brookline Builders Inc

1630 Millersville Pike
Lancaster

BRUBAKER BROTHERS

2001 SHEAFFER RD
Elizabethtown

Bulloch Contracting

100 Coventry Cross Rd
Mount Wolf

Burkholder Home Repair

P.O. Box 2301
Martindale

Carter's Construction

3 Highstone Lane

Certified Chimney Service Inc - Pennsylvania

2112 Pin Oak Ln
East Stroudsburg

CHRONISTER PRESTON BLDG

1835 ALPINE RD
York

Colonial Custom Building and Design

4324 Plymouth Street
Harrisburg

Commonwealth Chimney Sweeps

6059 Allentown Blvd
Harrisburg

Cornerstone Construction, LLC

122 E Queen Street, Suite 1
Chambersburg

DA Batson, Inc.

701 South 4th st

Deitzel Brothers

1325 N West St
Carlisle

DePalma Construction Inc

29 Tannery Rd
Dillsburg

DWH Masonry Services

3271 Trinity Rd
Harrisburg

ELLIS WILDLIFE PEST CONTROL

1455 CONEWAGO CREEK RD
Manchester

Encore Roofing LLC

130 Ringneck Dr
Newport

Erik's Clean Sweep

Elizabethtown

Evans Quality Roofing Inc

110 Melissa Court
Littlestown

Firespaces Home Energy Center

6621 Carlisle Pike
Mechanicsburg

Five Star Contracting llc.

3825 Bonnymeade Circle
Harrisburg

Four Phase Construction

274 Hillcrest Road
Camp Hill

Gangloff Roofing Inc

5165 Lincoln Hwy W
Thomasville

Gary Kohler Handyman Svc

1106 Briarcliff Rd
Middletown

General Contractors

3485 N. 3rd St.
Harrisburg

Grimwood Masonry & Hardscapes, Inc.

128 Willow Lake Drive
Carlisle

handyman specialist

292 n muddycreek rd

High Hopes Siding, Window & Door

746B Kreutz Creek Rd
York

Home Remedies Inc.

428 N. George Street
York

I.N.H. Home Improvements

1742 Filbert Street
York

iFoam Roofing & Insulation Spray Foam

1630 MANHEIM PIKE
Lancaster

Integrity Home Renewal

46 schoolhouse rd
New Providence

J & J HOME IMPROVEMENTS

1528 DEVERS RD
York

J D Slaugh Home Improvements

Saint joseph street
Lancaster

j witmer chimney

2728 willow street pike

Joyland Roofing

2348 Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster

Kelly Masonry

729 highland st

Lester P Eshelman Masonry

67 Peach Ln.
Lancaster

M&M Restoration

Harrisburg

Mabius Masonry

7 Barrick dr
Duncannon

Madison Homes Group, Inc.

405 Bridge St.
New Cumberland

Madrigale Masonry LLC

602 El Hatco Drive
Temple

MICHAEL HOON

25 KING DR
Carlisle

morret construction

2 albert lane

Mr Fix It Network

3000 Greenwood St
Harrisburg

Osborne's Roofing & Siding

264 South Hill Dr
Annville

Pawling Masonry Inc

1299 Kinderhook Rd
Columbia

Premier Siding & Roofing

2457 Perkiomen Ave
Reading

Property Service

116 reo ave
Lancaster

QDI - Quality Degree Inc

135 N 4th Ave
Royersford

R D Hackman & Sons

360 W Bainbridge St
Elizabethtown

R E Kuba Construction Inc

228 S Richland Ave
York

Randy Inch Masonry

16 Coon Creek Rd
Palmyra

Safe Draft Maintenance

1054 Willow Creek Drive
Mount Joy

Scott Roofing

720 Rowe Ln
Harrisburg

Smith Exteriors

505 Carol St
New Cumberland

Stewart Home Improvement

108 F N Reading Rd
Ephrata

Stone Artisans

203 Burd Coleman Rd
Lebanon

T&T MASONRY

225 WEST STATE STREET
Quarryville

T&T Masonry and Designs

266 Loop Rd
Quarryville

tate services

Lancaster

Tharp Masonry Restoration

1300 Fern Rd
Harrisburg

THE CARPENTER'S SONS

220 FOX DR
Mechanicsburg

The Village Green

420 W. Grant St.
Lancaster

Theodore Z Myers

445 N Walnut St
Dallastown

Tyson's Landscaping & Maintenance

10919 Oak Ridge Ave
Red Lion

UGI Heating Cooling & Plumbing

2221 Sycamore St
Harrisburg

UGI Heating Cooling & Plumbing

340 W Roseville Rd
Lancaster

Western Reserve Exteriors

516 E. Lancaster
Downingtown

William Braun General Contracting

324 Tumblestone Dr
Mt Joy

Winblood Construction

422 7th St # 1
New Cumberland

winblood construction

422 7th St # 1
New Cumberland

Your Chimney Sweep

PO Box 479
Mechanicsburg

Zimmerman Exteriors Inc

2 Echo Valley Dr
Ephrata

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