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"It was for rental property. Called and set up service and was given a rough estimate to do the work. Spoke with and he said he would go" by and fix if the cost was within the quote and would call if there were any issue. Within a week work was done and cost was below estimate. Very well executed.

-Ken A.

"He did a great job and was very knowledgeable about the type of mortar required for these old houses. Wanted him to repoint on our new house, but the job was too extensive.

-Michael R.

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Chimney repair and maitenance

Chimney Repair

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.

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Consider the pros and cons of installing an electric fireplace in your home.

An electric fireplace can give you that warm glow without a chimney or fireplace maintenance.

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Are you ready to heat things up in your home by installing a fireplace?

The fireplace is often the centerpiece of the living and family rooms, but highly rated companies on Angie's List say a standard wood-burning fireplace loses most heat through the chimney.

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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


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.




***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


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.

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.

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 ...More 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 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.

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 ...More 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.

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.

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 ...More 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.

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 and his crew if you are a stickler for details as I am. They definately ...More deliver what they promise.
- jeffrey M.

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.

Chimney Repair Services in Richmond

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6606 Davis Rd

Adiches Concrete & Construction LLC

P.O. 1720 Midlothian VA

Advanced Fireplace Technicians

603 East Franklin St

Allstar Chimney Sweep

75 E Grace Street

Allstate Chimney Service

11234 Creek Wood Trail

Bubbas Handyman Service

3803 Chamberlayne Ave

C L Wright Roofing Inc

801 Grove Rd


1306 Bellwood Rd

Castle Chimney Sweeps & Home Repair

10517 Genito Ln

Central Virginia Chimney Chap

1706 Powhatan Rd

Chimney Saver Solutions

6503 Dickens Pl

Classic Construction Exteriors

11622 Busy St

Coluccio Masonry

25317 fulmar circle




6507 Old Warwick Rd.

Custom Fireplace & Chimney Service Inc

849 Greybranch Ct

ELS Construction VA LLC

121 Wyck St


6333 Hob Nob Hill

Exterior Alternatives Inc

5601 Gilling Rd
North Chesterfield

Fire LLC


Franklin's Home Repair Services

PO Box 1152
Colonial Heights

George Foster Services

8309 Landsdowne Rd.

handyman for hire

1606 magnolia st.

Hanover Chimney Sweeps

6235 Pine Slash Rd

Harrington-Weeks General Contractor, LLC

3112 Parkdale Rd.
N. Chesterfield

Hipp Masonry Works Inc

109 Vine Dr

Hoover Roofing LLC

10020 51st Ave

Hygrade LLC

4020 Quinton Rd

James Pierce & Sons Home Improvements

7006 Tammy Ln

Jason The Mason

1507 Edenburry Dr

JES Foundation Repair

1741 Corporate Landing Parkway
Virginia Beach


Midlothian, Richmond

Lamar Builders LLC

3216 Jowin Ln

Leo Lantz Construction Inc

11662 Greenwood Road
Glen Allen

London Sweeps Chimney Sweeps

5214 Fairlake Lane
Glen Allen



Masonry Contractors

6412 Binns Ave

Miller Tyme Roofing and Construction, LLC.

5509 Pony Farm Drive

Mr Handyman of Richmond

4196B Innslake Dr
Glen Allen

Nathan's Roof Repairs Inc

301 Concourse Blvd
Glen Allen

NCF Home Improvements Inc

327 Oakcliff Ave
North Chesterfield

Neat Sweep Chimney Service

5513 Hull St


5701 Cogbill Road

One Son Contracting LLC

7000 Courthouse Rd
Providence Forge

Professional Home Services

2403 Capehart Rd

Project: Homes

88 Carnation St


2910 Libby Terrace

river city sweeps and services

8701 Walton Farms Court

Rock Solid Masonry LLC

6716 Linbrook Dr

S & N Chimney Services

2961 Midland Rd

S.W. Sweat Construction

800 East Broadway

Santa's Chimney

4625 Cordova Lane

Stable Foundations LLC

12439 Maple St

Standard Roofing Company Inc

PO Box 121

Stevens Roofing Corp

818 W 39th St

The Honey Doers, LLC

17563 Tyler Station Rd.
Beaver Dam

The Whole 9 Yards, LLC

19714 Piedmont Ave
S. Chesterfield


3807-1 Woodlawn Street

Traditional Masonry Inc

PO Box 805

Tri-City Restoration

PO BOX 751

Triangle Sealants Corporation

PO Box 6128

Victorian Fireplace Shop

1022 N Boulevard

Virginia Wildlife Management and Control, LLC

4837 Rollingway Rd

Wells & Daughters Con.

19501 englishwellsway

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