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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.

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Chimney Repair

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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, 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.

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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 Richmond

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They were prompt, courteous, and very friendly. Afterward they even contacted me to see if I had any issues with their work or service which I didn't. They are highly recommended.
- Marcia S.
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Kept us alerted ahead of time to remind us of the cleaning date, and then called to let us know when they would be here, which I appreciate. Worked quickly and efficently and warned us of a potential problem by the last chimney sweep we had. Had suggestions on how to resolve the problem. Haven't gotten the secondary problem taken care of yet....More /> Seemed to do a good job.
- Linda G.
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The original damper in our chimney had rusted out. The old damper was removed and a chimney-top damper was installed to replace it. There was absolutely no "mess" despite removing the old damper in the family room on light colored carpeting. The age of the house had been checked with the original contact so that they would be sure to have dampers fitting the chimney size of that era would be on the truck. They also removed the chimney cap that had been installed some time ago and moved it over to the chimney to the furnace rather than throwing it away.
An added bonus is that the new damper should make the family room warmer since the cold air will not be sinking down the chimney. The pull to the damper is
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loaded and is within easy reach inside the firebox.
Finally, I had a coupon through Angie's List that reduced the price! And the original price was within the estimated price range give by a home inspector.

- Mary D.
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Scheduled for inspection and cleaning. Specialist was prompt even a little early and asked if he could start early. This was great for us. Inspected both the fireplace chimney and furnace chimney. He reported that both were very clean and wouldn't need cleaning. Notice the furnace flue was recently relined and was in great shape. Recommended a repair of the mortar joint in the firebox. The specialist was very professional and courteous. We will have the repair done by this company.
- John R.
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On time, communicated what steps in the repair they were taking. Finished in just a few hours. Provided photographs of the completed repairs.
- Kasey O.
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Cougats was recommended by our home inspector. Called office and scheduled service. In addition to chimney service discussed light masonry repairs. They were happy to do masonry repair on chimney, but advised me to hire a masonry professional to do other work, which is retrospect was good advice. Work crew showed up at the scheduled time. Phoned me at my office to provide an estimate for the repairs and I authorized the work. Emailed me the invoice, including before and after pictures. Overall, very pleasant and professional service.
- LAURA & WILLIAM W.
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at rock sold masonary did a superb job building a new fireplace in our family room. All of his workers were profesional and courteous, the fireplace they built turned out to be a beautiful addition to our home. I would highly recommend
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and his crew if you are a stickler for details as I am. They definately deliver what they promise.
- jeffrey M.
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Very professional analysis and diagnosis of chimney issues. Work was done swiftly and with zero mess left over, which is a neat trick when working with a fire place. Installed a new flue and shored up chimney.
Would definitely use them again. They are not cheap, but you certainly get what you pay for with this company.
- CYNTHIA B.

Chimney Repair Services in Richmond

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A ALL ANIMAL CONTROL

6606 Davis Rd
Quinton

Abby Construction Co Inc

1319 Lafayette Blvd Ste 100
Fredericksburg

Adiches Concrete & Construction LLC

P.O. 1720 Midlothian VA
Midlothian

Advanced Fireplace Technicians

603 East Franklin St
Richmond

AESC

PO Box 151
Moseley

All Seasons Chimney & Masonry LLC

2520 Juniper Ln
Maidens

Allstar Chimney Sweep

75 E Grace Street
Richmond

Allstate Chimney Service

11234 Creek Wood Trail
Ashland

AW Masonry & Restoration

101 Wren Rd
Richmond

Baker Roofing Co

517 Mercury St

Bedrock Foundation Systems Inc

128 Dorset Ave
Virginia Beach

Best Roofing of Virginia

PO Box 1451
Virginia Beach

Bubbas Handyman Service

3803 Chamberlayne Ave
Richmond

Castle Chimney Sweeps & Home Repair

10517 Genito Ln
Chesterfield

Central Virginia Chimney Chap

1706 Powhatan Rd
Petersburg

Chimney Saver Solutions

6503-B Dickens Place
Richmond

Classic Construction Exteriors

11622 Busy St
Richmond

Cliff & Jimmy's Lawn Service LLC

13806 W Bay Dr
Midlothian

CORNERSTONE CLASSIC MASONRY

15280 HOPEFUL CHURCH RD
Montpelier

COUGOT'S CHIMNEY SERVICE

6507 Old Warwick Rd.
Richmond

Custom Fireplace & Chimney Service Inc

849 Greybranch Ct
Sandston

Dixon inc

P.O.Box 634
Powhatan

ELS Construction VA LLC

121 Wyck St
Richmond

Erik Cook Landscapes

1740 Log Cabin Rd
Beaverdam

EUROTECH CHIMNEY RESTORATION

6333 Hob Nob Hill
Henrico

Exterior Alternatives Inc

5601 Gilling Rd
North Chesterfield

Franklin's Home Repair Services

PO Box 1152
Colonial Heights

George Foster Services

8309 Landsdowne Rd.

Guardian Chimney Cleaning

6701 Janway Road
Richmond

handyman for hire

1606 magnolia st.
Richmond

Hanover Chimney Sweeps

6235 Pine Slash Rd
Mechanicsville

Hipp Masonry Works Inc

109 Vine Dr
Yorktown

Hoover Roofing LLC

10020 51st Ave

Hygrade LLC

4020 Quinton Rd
Quinton

James Pierce & Sons Home Improvements

7006 Tammy Ln
Mechanicsville

Jason The Mason

1507 Edenburry Dr
Henrico

JES Foundation Repair

1741 Corporate Landing Parkway
Virginia Beach

Kinder Home Services, LLC

13920 Sunfish Bend

KMW MASONRY CONTRACTORS INC.

1428 WATER WILLOW DR.
Midlothian, Richmond

Knapp Masonry

103 Roberts Rd

Lamar Builders llc

3216 jowin ln
Richmond

Leo Lantz Construction Inc

11662 Greenwood Road
Glen Allen

London Sweeps Chimney Sweeps

5214 Fairlake Lane
Glen Allen

MAGIC SWEEP CHIMNEY SERVICE

4604 CHESDIN WOODS DR
Sutherland

Masonry Contractors

6412 Binns Ave
Richmond

Mastin's Roofing

10400 fox creek ln
Partlow

Miller Tyme Roofing and Construction, LLC.

5509 Pony Farm Drive
Richmond

Nathan's Roof Repairs Inc

301 Concourse Blvd
Glen Allen

NCF Home Improvements Inc

327 Oakcliff Ave
North Chesterfield

Neat Sweep

5513 Hull St
Richmond

NORTON CONTRACTING INC.

5701 Cogbill Road
Richmond

One Son Contracting LLC

7000 Courthouse Rd
Providence Forge

Professional Home Services

2403 Capehart Rd
Henrico

Project: Homes

88 Carnation St
Richmond

RBVA INC

2910 Libby Terrace
Richmond

river city sweeps and services

8701 Walton Farms Court

Rock Solid Masonry LLC

6716 Linbrook Dr
Henrico

S & N Chimney Services

2961 Midland Rd
Petersburg

SEARCY FIREPLACE & CHIMNEY SERVICE

689 BUTTERWOOD TERR
Powhatan

Stable Foundations LLC

12439 Maple St
Ashland

Standard Roofing Company Inc

PO Box 121
Oilville

Steve Spratt Improvements

1329 Alum Spring Road
Fredericksburg

Stevens Roofing Corp

818 W 39th St
Norfolk

TCC Innovations

381 Edgar Rd
Hanover

The Honey Doers, LLC

17563 Tyler Station Rd.
Beaver Dam

The Whole 9 Yards, LLC

19714 Piedmont Ave
Colonial Heights

Traditional Masonry Inc

PO Box 805
Powhatan

Tri-City Restoration

PO BOX 751
Chesterfield

Triangle Sealants Corporation

PO Box 6128
Portsmouth

Victorian Fireplace Shop

1022 N Boulevard
Richmond

Victorian Fireplace Shop

1022 N Boulevard
Richmond

Virginia Wildlife Management and Control, LLC

4837 Rollingway Rd
Chesterfield

Wells & Daughters Con.

19501 englishwellsway

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