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" showed on time and he is very friendly. He spent a lot of time explaining what he was going to do and what materials he was going to use." His price is reasonable too. Overall it is a good experience and I strongly recommend him to anyone who is seeking a contractor to repair chimney.

-Sandra L.

"I found this service on your listings. I read to reviews and called. The office person was polite and professional. We were able to set up a work date right away." Two men arrived on time and did the work fast and were very neat. After cleaning up gave me a report on what other work needed to be done. That was on 11/16/11. When I decided to do the additonal work I called the office again. The offer person and the service people got me a date right away. Again they arrived ready to work. and were excellent. They replaced the back of the fireplace, and replaced the chimney. They showed me what they were doing every step of the way. was very helpful. Both men were excellent workers and because of the treatment and the service I recived from them and this company I will use them again and recommend them to others. I also like Angie's List , I will continual to use it to look for reliable people to do work for me.

-Yvonne S.

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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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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 San Francisco


After buying our house, we finally got around to getting the fireplace in order. The house was built in 1929 and the fireplace had seen some use. I called and made an appointment. The worker showed up early, although he called to ensure this was okay. He cleaned the chimney and found that the damper had been corroded to the ...More point of being useless. He recommended that I get it replaced, buy informed me that this was not necessary. The gentleman then took measurements and we scheduled a time for him to come install the damper after fabrication. Once again, the worker showed up on time, was very polite and professional and installed the damper without issue. One side note: I accidentally overpaid for the service because on the invoice a 5 looked like a 9. However, they called me later in the afternoon and said they were mailing a check for the difference right away. Very honest.
- Patty I.

The job went very well. They did the roof in about a day and a half! To do this they worked very hard and at various times had 5-11 men on the roof. They were polite, friendly enough, and we were pleased. Of course since the roof was done so recently, and no rain has come yet, we can not say if it works perfectly or not. But it looks good. And, they ...More give an excellent warranty. We got quotes from a couple of other roofing companies. One was a more expensive but would have taken more time to do the project. The other thought we could pay more and gave us a very expensive price. We are glad we chose .
- Jordan H.

Everything went as expected - which for home repairs is unusual. I called for an estimate and after a brief discussion with Bill of what could possibly be the issue, he decided he should come by and check it out before providing a quote. We scheduled an appointment and he arrived on time. This would be my 2nd quote from a chimney ...More repair company. He explained what was needed to get the chimney to a safe working condition. At first I was alarmed because his quote did not include a new liner. This made his quote much cheaper than the previous company I contacted. Then he explained, in detail, why he believed I do not need a new liner. He left and I quickly began researching whether or not a new liner was required for my particular usage. As it turns out, it's not. Some repairs to the mortar joints was all that was required and some other minor work mentioned above. I booked an appointment for the repairs with Bill. He and his assistant arrived on time. They were both extremely professional, explained all the work that would take place and cleaned up nicely when the job was complete. Bill also suggested that we purchase a smoke guard to make the fire more efficient and prevent smoke building in the house. We decided to wait and try it out a few times first but I expect he'll be back out to make this addition. He definitely knows what he's talking about when it comes to chimneys. Finally, Bill also pointed out some additional repair work that was required on our roof - which he didn't have to do. It involved a custom made stainless steal plate that should have been replaced years ago. He said that it is most likely the original plate (nearly 80 years old) and should be fixed right away. It probably wasn't replaced earlier because it's custom work and therefore, very expensive. Although this is not work that he performs, he explained what the cost should be when we call out for quotes and also explained what needed to be done if we wanted to repair it ourselves. He even gave us some sealant tape to secure it until we get it fixed. I would definitely recommend him to my friends and family.
- Penny M.

Outstanding performance. A deteriorating brick chimney, appx 4 X 2 feet in size and appx 4 feet high, located 40-50 feet from the ground, on the steeply-pitched roof located inside the exterior wall of a house, needed to be removed, and a new flue installed. Some of the other roofers I had contacted wanted to have scaffolding ...More erected (at my expense) which would have involved placing a scaffold in my neighbors' yard. used a "roof scaffold," which significantly reduced the overall cost of the job. The 5-man crew arrived precisely on time. The installation of the new flue was performed by my contractor after the bricks were removed but before the re-roofing could take place. As my contractor was installing the new flue, the crew could have simply sat by and watched, however they assisted the contractor without having been asked. The old bricks were taken down in buckets rather than being thrown off the roof. paid particular attention to avoiding any disturbance to my neighbors. Upon completion of the job, site was IMMACULATE. You could literally not tell that anything had taken place. The tenant who maintains my yard commented similarly. asked, on multiple occasions if I was happy with how the work was going, and he wanted to make sure I was satisfied upon completion. I will use for any future roofing jobs.
- Thomas S.

Once we asked to do the job, they put us on the schedule and within a week had us up and running. They also ran into a problem they couldn't fix without doing more work. They were clear about the problem and gave us our options. They worked fast without creating a mess.
- Adam S.

I was a little concerned at first that their crew was so available in early fall to do a repair. The sales representative, , communicated very clearly. He gave us a written estimate on the spot, then visited again to measure (again) the chimneys. He was on time for each and every meeting. We received a ...More contract which clearly stated the cost and work to be done. The work was done in half a day, not the two days they allowed, which was great. Their crew cleaned up after themselves and were careful not to traipse through our house at random. We received an invoice afterwards, which was even divided between us and our neighbors for whom part of the work was done. In short all of our needs and expectations were met!
- David S.

The original estimates was $5000. and 2 skylights for $1100 = $6100. The old roof was laid 9 years ago and after 5 years the roof started to leak and I try to repair it myself with no favorable result. I had 3 estimates using roofing companies from Angle's List. I chose Co. All 3 companies were good, but I found ...More from Rescue very courteous, friendly and $750 less on the estimates. The roof that Rescue replaced was a poorly done and as the construction began, problems arose with wet old insulation, a bad seal around the drain, the roofing material in the valley was not high enough to prevent leaking and the rain runoff on the south side of the roof causing the leaking around the drain. showed me the problems and offered different ways and the extra cost to correct the problem. I decided to have correct the problems and that added on a $775 to my bill. I thought the $775 was fair, seeing the problems first hand help me to decided what has to be done.

The leak was at the bottom of the chimney, so roofers could never fix it. We have not had any really heavy rain yet, but it has not leaked since the work was done. However, it is guaranteed and they will have to fix it again at no cost if it leaks. I think they did a good job when they came though and I was pleased with the service.

Chimney Repair Services in San Francisco

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A1 Roofing

PO Box 6163
Santa Rosa

ABA Hearth & Home

1494 Laurel St
San Carlos


San Francisco

Above All Roofing Solutions Inc

100 Gilman Ave Ste B


579 el camino real

ALS Chimney Cleaning

579 EL Camino Real

Alward Construction

1035 Carleton St

AMK Roofing Services

184 Talmadge Ave
San Jose



ARCC Builders

320 6th Ave
San Francisco

Arizona's Home Repair

3727 Moonstar Ct
San Jose

Astro Roofing Inc.

1947 21st Avenue #A

AWT Construction Group Inc.

4728 East 2nd St Suite 19

B A Morrison

2544 Castro Valley Blvd
Castro Valley


220 Mar Vista

Bradley Construction

PO Box 620276
Redwood City

Buhler Construction Company

3614 16th St. #1
San Francisco

Cal-Vintage Roofing Co Inc

11257 Coloma Rd
Gold River

Chim-Chimney Sweep

1032 5th St

Christopher Carlson Construction

730 w verano ave

Classic - B2B

1030 East Washington
San Francisco


San Francisco

Comfibuild, Inc.

515 Bay Rd
Palo Alto



Customized Roofing Company

5346 Montecito Ave
Santa Rosa

Dandy Roofing

615 Union st
San Francisco

Detail Construction

117 South Street

Everything Handyman

1701 North California Boulevard
Walnut Creek

EZ Build Masonry

P.O. Box 1
San Geronimo

Fernandos Handyman Services

28 Lakeview Dr
Bay Point

Guideline Builders

333 Hegenberger Road #315

GVS Construction Company

530 Showers Drive # 7-285
Mountain View

Hanahou Hearth & Patio

1082 Hazel

High Tech Construction

PO BOX 1126
Morgan Hill

Hill & Company Property Management

1700 Jackson St
San Francisco

inspector flue-seau chimney services

7 west 41st avenue, pmb 357




San Francisco


4926 E 12TH ST

London Chimney Services

PO Box 331
Mill Valley

Los Gatos Roofing

888 Faulstich Ct
San Jose

M&M Construction & Home Design

1647 Willow Pass Rd

maintainance services

1271 eucalyptus drive

MB Chimney Sweep & Home Services

821 N.Branciforte Dr.
Santa Cruz


1696 Trowville Ln.

ML Construction

928 Terminal Way
San Carlos

NewCali Construction

465 6th St
San Francisco

Nick Lambdin Masonry

5140 Janell way



Precision Roofing Co

PO Box 7367

PT Masonry

1029 Connie Dr


PO Box 505


Daly City

Roca Enviroworks

1734 13th str

Roofing Service Group

201 Spear St
San Francisco


241 Travis Ct
Suisun City

Rowland Construction Co

500 Persia Ave
San Francisco

Roy Miller Brickwork

2604 62nd Ave

S & I Construction, Inc.

287 17th Street

Saber Roofing Inc

2995 Woodside Rd


349 POPLAR AVE. #5
Redwood City

Scudder Roofing

3342 Paul Davis Dr


San Francisco

Shaz Construction & Design

PO Box 1083

Smart Remodeling & Design

1501 19th Ave
San Francisco

Smart Remodeling and Design Inc

1501 19th Ave
San Francisco

Sofie's Handywork

1188 Mission Street
San Francisco

Sontag Construction inc

1456 San Pablo Ave

Standard Roofing Co

6199 3rd Street
San Francisco

Strong Hold Masonry and Concrete

555 Rancho Caballo
Santa Rosa


San Francisco

The Fireplace Element

2444 Old Middlefield Way
Mountain View

True Masonry

1231 19th Ave
San Francisco

United Chimney Inc

579 El Camino Rl

Warm Solutions

431 Grand Ave
South San Francisco

Westshore Roofing Inc

2245 A Fortune Dr
San Jose

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