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"seemed a bit pricey for the 20-30 minutes of actual work performed. This is our first gas fireplace so wanted to get it checked out by a professional.

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How to Avoid Chimney Repair Scams

Scams lure homeowners via solicitations, door-to-door sales pitches and ads offering too-good-to-be-true prices.

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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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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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Regular inspections and chimney cleanings can help prevent costly repairs and dangerous creosote buildup. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List member Alexander B. of Summit, N.J.)
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Industry experts recommend an annual inspection and cleaning as needed, generally every year or two depending on how much use the fireplace gets.

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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 Huntsville

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My chimney had not been cleaned or inspected for approx. 10 years. I had been experiencing some smoke in the house when the fireplace was being used during the winter months. The guys who came out were great, very professional. They did quality work and gave us some recommendations pm other items that we should take care of in the near future, which we plan on doing with
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. Highly recommend!
- Steven F.
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responded quickly to my request for a bid. He showed up on time to bid and by the time he was done I was certain I would hire him. Bounced the cost off my wife to keep her in the loop and called him to schedule.
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showed up and did the work over several days and walked me around when he was finished to show his work and allow me to look things over. The only reason I gave a B for the price was it was more than I thought, though I had neglected my fireplace since I moved in 22 years ago. For what he did I feel good about what it cost me since I know it is not something I could have done so nicely. I would have no problem calling him again should I need more work done.
- GEOFFREY K.
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There was an issue with the understanding of the rate, but it was resolved in my favor and with a good attitude. They were on time, and professional. I have used them in the past and will use them in the future.
- Cheryl G.
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I called to have my chimney swept in October of 2014. They came out and ran a camera up the chimney and found cracks in the tiles. It was about $100. They then condemned the chimney and we could not use it. At the end of January after dealing with estimates and insurance company (that's a whole different review) we scheduled the work for the end of February. They came out when they said they would. They called ahead to let me know they were on their way. They called if they were running late on another job. They did the work efficiently. The mess was minimal. They had tarps down to not
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up my floors. It was completed in the week they said it would be done. Very very pleased. Will use them for my annual sweeping too. The initial $100 went toward the major construction work too. I wasn't out the additional money.
- Max H.
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went extremely well in every respect. The masonry work was the first component of our kitchen remodel and necessarily had to be completed before other work could be initiated.
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Chapman was extremely responsive from the initial phone call through completion of the project.
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and his crew headed by his son
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Chapman were a pleasure to work with and were definitely skilled at their trade. The door that was bricked up appeared as if it had always been a solid wall and blended in perfectly. Brickwork that was done to accomodate the new french doors was also done seamlessly. Working with
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was a very good experience in every respect and we will not hesitate to use them in the future.
- James M.
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Installation of the chimney cap went well in 2013.
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showed up when he said he would, performed the work at agreed upon price and cleaned up everything.
Our more recent experience was not as smooth. He came out to do the estimate. It took nearly two weeks to get a preliminary estimate, which was about $7,000 for a new chimney liner and complete rebuild of the exterior to the flashing. We got a second estimate from a well-regarded chimney company who wanted about $3,200 for the chimney liner and said we only needed the exterior ground and re-pointed for about $900. (They also wrote out the estimate on the spot after a thorough inspection and provided pictures of the inside of the chimney that showed why the work needed to be done). After some bacfk-and-forth with
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, we decided to consider doing the full rebuild as he suggested/. I emailed
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and asked if he would consider giving us a discount. He sent a
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email in response: "Nope, sorry. I have a motto: 'Never give a discount or you will be tempted to cut corners.' I think you should go with the other company."
We decided to go with another company. I'll let you know how that goes after the work is done.
- James F.
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We initially called
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for a chimney cleaning as we just move into the home and were not sure of the chimney condition. Upon inspection,
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let us know the chimney was in good shape and did not need to be cleaned. He took a look at the firebox upon my request as the mortar was crumbling in some spots. He was very flexible in rescheduling a time to complete the work once he had the appropriate materials. He was punctual and completed the work in a timely manner. I will use
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- Brandon S.
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Everything went perfectly. Their office called the day before to tell me when they'd arrive. Two men arrived on time. They worked very professionally, finished in the time they had said it would take. They cleaned up everything before they left.
The pointing up job is excellent, looks authentic, mixing in with the old bricks. They were also very pleasant and informative. You couldn't ask for a better service. You never know beforehand, but now I know--these guys are
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- Christine A.

Chimney Repair Services in Huntsville, AL

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ADAMS HOME REPAIR

7237 Old Railroad Bed Rd
Toney

Advanced Fireplace Technicians

3414 venona ave NW
Huntsville

AFCS

27047 State Highway 79
Trafford

Al's Handyman Service

1319 Mccausland Ave

All-Star Contracting Services

800 Arcadia Dr
Huntsville

B & B Roofing Co

2303 Country Club Rd SE
Decatur

Budget Roofing

4864 Maysville Rd
New Market

Castillo Roofing, Inc.

727 Smith Vasser Rd
Harvest

CHIMNEY SWEEP COMPANY

911 WEATHERLY ROAD SE
Huntsville

Coltus Roofing and Construction

405 8th St. NW
Huntsville

Complete Home Improvements

14773 Sloan Rd
Athens

Continental Roofing Co

8006 Old Madison Pike
Madison

Durham Design Build

3322 Memorial Pkwy SW Ste 215
Huntsville

Elite Pro Roofing LLC

30251 Osprey Ln
Robertsdale

evans roofing

p.o. box 614
Athens

Fitzgerald & Beck Roofing & Construction

891 W Limestone Rd
Hazel Green

Flo Masonry

3008 Chelsea Ln SW
Huntsville

Guardian Chimney Cleaning

409 Lincoln St SE
Huntsville

Home Helpers

P.O.Box1497
Athens

Huntsville Renovation & Remodeling

1871 Shellbrook Drive NW
Huntsville

Itz Done Service

2607 Newby Rd SW
Huntsville

JOHN TATE REAL ESTATE & CONSTR

502 REDBUD DR NW
Huntsville

Kelos Services

2919 Holiday Dr SW
Huntsville

Langley Roofing

9130 Dudley Rd

Legacy Southern Homes, LLC

461 Capshaw Rd
Madison

Leslie's Roofing LLC

6220 Falcon Ln

Lewis & Son Roofing & Construction

1462 Jordan Rd
Huntsville

Marlow's Home Repair

5014 Iona St.
Huntsville

Master Built Construction

2130 Merridian St NW
Huntsville

MOTLEY CREW

256 Craze Rd.
Hartselle

North Alabama Builders

311 CR 1387
Vinemont

North Alabama Stone Masonry

196 Ford Ln
Albertville

Pinnalce Home Improvements

2007 Milam Ave
Huntsville

Roof Right Inc

1621 Hanover Pike

Southern Strong Roofing

2100 Southbridge Pkwy Birmingham Al......

SPECIALTY REMODELING

127 Shadow Court
Huntsville

Standard Heating & Air Conditioning

520 8th Street South
Birmingham

Stewart Bunn

8101 Hadley

Summit Roofing And Painting LLC

3120 Leeman Ferry Rd SW
Huntsville

Titan Roofing & Construction

1892 Jeff Rd
Huntsville

TOM LACKEY CHIMNEY SERVICES

1304 MCCULLOUGH AVE NE
Huntsville

Unity Professional Repair

119 Wood Creek Dr
Madison

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