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"It went very well. The men who did the job were very pleasant and very good at their jobs. The job was completed on schedule, and any mess ( not much ) was thoroughly cleaned up.

-Laura L.

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"Tore down old chimneys due to leaking in unit. Both chimneys needed to be replaced so we decided to go ahead and get it done. Both chimneys were torn down to the" roof line. Both chimneys were rebuilt using brick (our building is brick and stucco). Unused flues were closed off and flues being used were capped. Looks very nice. While doing this work, they discovered a soft area on on the roof near the chimney that was leaking and are going to come and give me an estimate for that. Would use them again.

-Belinda S.

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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.

Photo by John Griffin
John Pilger of the highly rated Chief Chimney Services in Smithtown, N.Y., says shady chimney companies target homeowners in his area.

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 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.

The exposed portion of your chimney receives more weather abuse than any other masonry on a building, says Bard. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Jane L. of Philadelphia)
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By paying yearly attention to your chimney crown to catch issues early, you can save yourself costly chimney repairs and extend the life of your chimney.

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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 Hoover

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Really well. They were on time, cleaned up after cleaning the chimney and were pleasant guys to deal with. They advised me to go with a wood burning
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as it would be the most economical way to go to get the fireplace back in order and provided me with catalogs of options, but I decided to go with the chimney liner so it could function as a legitimate wood burning fireplace. They came and remeasured, gave me an estimate and we have an appointment for the installation on February 6th. I could not be more pleased.
- MICHAEL H Y.
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, the owner, came out first to inspect and provide detailed estimate which I received in hard copy a few days later. The crew
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was onsite, on time, as planned a few weeks later. They worked extremely hard and did a fine job. The next week had to be cancelled due to freezing temperatures and blowing winds; but a team did arrive the next day and worked from early in the morning until the evening. They returned to complete the job on January 20th and I am quite pleased with every single worker's professionalism and competence. In addition,
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and I smelled something burning and he proceeded to undertake a thorough look inside and out of the house to find its source. I did locate what was my error (unrelated to their work). But, how impressive to see his genuine concern and attention to safety. A true
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- cathie D.
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Professional, efficient, cleaned up all debris. Excellent work. Both
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- Mercedes L.
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The new trainee was prompt, pleasant and hard-working. He hadn't had experience with our insert and I had to look up the manual to get a baffle off so that he could access the chimney. It was a good learning experience for both of us. They returned to do the mortar work and were prompt, quick and clean. They even helped by removing the larger branches from a fir tree that had landed on the roof after a recent windstorm.
- Britt O.
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We needed the chimney cleaned. We also have a new leak coming from the chimney on our second floor. We set up an appointment and they came today to do the work. They were on time, careful to cover things up, and cleaned everything before they left. Very professional job.
Because of the snow they could not get up to see what was causing the leak from the chimney. We made an appointment for them to return in March to do that.
I am not sure if we will use them to complete the repair. They attempted to sell us a stainless steel liner for our fireplace at a cost of $5,000. If the chimney repair is anything like price that we'll have to get several more bids. We have no interest in lining the chimney. We have a gas fireplace and there's no need for that.
- FLORENCE Z.
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We renovated our house and needed a good amount of masonry work done. We were replacing 1 wall of brick with natural stone, repairing around a new window & door as well as
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pointing several cracks in the mortar throughout the house.
I asked
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for an estimate after getting 2 estimates that varied greatly in price (one was over $16k). He came out quickly and his bid was in the same range as the other bid and he was able to start the work the following week (which fit into our tight time frame). When it came to selecting the natural stone, he was familiar with the 2 stones we had selected to mix and offered a recommendation to not mix the stone and just use the one for a variety of reasons. The resulting stone is a great match for the house and we are extremely happy with how it looks.
His crew was out and did a great job and kept the yard clean each day (cleaner than some of the "interior" contractors did). They worked quickly and did a great job.
- Traci P.
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I decided to purchase the Big deal for a chimney sweep that
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& Chimney Repair had available, and boy am I glad that I did!
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arrived on time, was very professional and personable.
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did an amazing job of cleaning my chimney and left no mess after the job was done.
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did do a safety inspection and showed me photographs and reviewed additional repairs that were needed. I would definitely recommend
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& Chimney Repair and use them again for future repairs. If you are looking for an honest, professional chimney sweep, look no further!
- Carrie W.
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Excellent job, arrived within 30 minutes of the original phone call, awesome!~
was detail and professional~
- Azad A.

All Chimney Repair Services in Hoover, AL

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Arrack Construction Inc

547 Smyrna Rd Sw

Authentic Restoration

3510 Vann Rd
Birmingham

Batts' Chimney Services

501 McAllister Road
Albertville

Bear Properties Inc

625 3rd Ave N
Birmingham

Blair Remodeling

2674 Valleydale Rd
Birmingham

Blake Construction Inc

516 20th Ave. N.E.
Birmingham

Case Design/Remodeling

4220 Cahaba Heights Court
Birmingham

CG Contracting

2332 Burns Ln
Birmingham

Chimney Capper

6834 Bradshaw Ln
Pinson

Choice Roofing Group

1016 Riverchase Pkwy W
Birmingham

CLEAN SWEEP CHIMNEY SERVICE INC

1727 WALLSTOWN RD
Hayden

Completion Specialist

1552 29th court
Birmingham

Construction & Management Solutions, LLC

1025 Montgomery HWY, Ste 207
Birmingham

Cornerstone Masonry

3218 Flag Pole Mountain Rd
Childersburg

Davis Industries Inc.

PO Box 45
Vandiver

DGA Roofing - Southern Restoration

109 C Canyon Pkwy
Pelham

DGA Roofing Inc

14350 Mundy Dr

Estes Painting

1401 Doug Baker Blvd
Birmingham

Gray's Tree Service

3685 Parkwood Road
Bessemer

Guardian Chimney Cleaning

2071 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Blvd
Birmingham

Inman Roof Repair

2715 Wellington Drive
Pelham

J & B REMODELING

PO Box 611403
Birmingham

John Dunn Construction

1507 Morning Sun Circle
Birmingham

Leslie's Roofing LLC

6220 Falcon Ln

Mosquito Team

Birmingham

North Alabama Builders

311 County Road 1387
Vinemont

One Call Roofing

840 Ballantrae Pkwy
Pelham

PRO CONSTRUCTION LLC

1104 DUNNAVANT VALLEY RD
Birmingham

Punch-List Repairs LLC

101 Shirley Ln
Chelsea

QuickPro Maintenance & Repair

130 Wildwood Pkwy
Birmingham

S & D Services

145 Chalkville Manor Drive
Birmingham

S & H Company Inc/Roofing

PO Box 1030
Moody

Sharp Remodeling Birmingham

4691 Trussville Clay Road

Sizemore Specialty Construction

702 Linden St
Trussville

Southern Renovations & Construction, LLC

5235 Pinson Valley Parkway
Pinson

Standard Heating & Air Conditioning

520 8th Street South
Birmingham

TLK Construction

2139 Cheshire Dr
Birmingham

Trinity Contractors, Inc.

561 Simmons Dr.
Trussville

Triple B Construction

755 County Road 15
Heflin

U S Shingle

113 David Green Rd Ste C
Birmingham

Veterans Restoration Inc

301 Cornwall Dr
Maylene

WILLIAMSON DESIGN REMODELING

5215 POST HOUSE LN
Birmingham

Woodworks and Fireplace

8365 Old Tenn. Pike Rd.
Pinson

Y & Y QUALITY PAINTING

112 WINDSOR LN
Pelham

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