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"Provider stated on phone they knew how to do service gas fireplaces. They just did a quick cleaning that I could have done myself, and had no idea how to service" or repair the fireplace. I knew as much about gas fireplaces as them. Although I do have to say, they were polite and professional, which is more than most contractor types I have dealt with. For me, I wasted my money and need a qualified gas fireplace professional out there, I won't use a chimney sweep next time. However, they might be ok for just a chimney cleaning.

-Kevin S.

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"They arrived right on time and the stonemason got to work. He worked from nine to 4 on my house. He did a nice job on both sides of the house and the chimney and" cleaned up. I would recommend this company to anyone who needs
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-CYNTHIA E.

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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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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 Elk Grove

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Took longer to complete due to having to make a chimney cap onsite.
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pointing was good but lintel settings were not as expected. You could not expect nicer, more polite workmen. They document all their work with digital photos. I would use them again.
- STUART H.
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We had
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here to inspect our two failing chimneys. We custom built our home in '05 and 7 years later our chimneys started falling apart. They were on time for the inspection and
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? were extremely personable and professional. They ended up doing some minor interior repairs while they were here and the price was reasonable. They, however, had to return to do the exterior chimney inspection as they needed to use an 80' (I think 80) lift in order to get to the top of my very tall, stone and stucco, chimneys. I was not a fan of spending an additional $2,500 for the rental of the lift but it had to be done. Once again it was
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here to do the inspection and I was very happy about that. To say that having to rebuild both of my chimneys from (approx.) the roof-line up was stressful, is an understatement...but it was my builders fault and we now had to fix their mistakes before my chimneys fell over and killed someone. As stressful and as expensive as this process was to rebuild my chimneys ($37,000 rebuild, $42,000 overall),
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was extremely easy and highly professional to work with.
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, who is the head honcho over at SC, was extremely personable and will explain in great detail everything you need or want to know about chimneys, he was a pleasure to work with. After custom building our home, I've worked with many of the trades and unfortunately know firsthand what it's like to deal with the losers out there. So when I say these guys are amazing, I know what I'm talking about. During the rebuild, Marcio,
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, were here every day (6 days a week) starting between 8:30 & 9:00am and didn't leave until 7 or 8pm. I couldn't have asked for a better crew! They were fantastic!! I, seriously, have never seen anyone work as hard as these guys did! When you have people here every day, all day, they become like family and we certainly shared quite a few laughs. I also felt the need to show these guys how appreciative I was for all they were doing for me by supplying lunch on Fridays and baking cookies on Tuesdays ;). Another great thing they did was take tons of pictures during every process (daily) and then email them to me - it was fascinating to see all the details of the interior and exterior of both chimneys. What a process! They started ahead of schedule and finished ahead of schedule and I couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. I will definitely have them back on a yearly basis for inspections, cleaning, or whatever is needed. And when they return I will have my infamous lemon cake cookies waiting for them ;)
- PAULA C.
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They did a great job at adding gutters and down spouts. They were informative and personable. They also finished repairing our bay window by adding new shingles and replacing portions that were rotten.
- Mark G.
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NoT well Did not like how it was cleaned in the house.....left smelly soot in house Worhers said I needed cap on chimmney on roof gave me 2000 estimate Later that day i Found cap on my deck I called they returned and put it on"........it's on but crooked No one knows what happen..how cap got off. How cap showed on my deck
- gloria T.
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I sent an email through Angies to request an estimate.
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got back to me soon after, stopped by my house to view the chimney and sent an estimate soon after. Their bid was competitive and, with plenty of good reviews here in Angies, so I accepted their bid. A date was scheduled for the work. It was rescheduled once due to weather setbacks. The workers started setup the day before; they arrived early on the day of the work and got right to it. I was happy that my foundation bushes were covered and protected. The work was completed mostly in one day. The area was nicely cleaned up. They matched the brick really well and I am very pleased with their work. It went very smoothly.
- Mary Lou B.
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The representative was very professional but the price was way too much.
If I was unable to install the cover I probably would have researched with at least two other estimates.
The price uninstalled seemed reasonable to their estimated price as installed.

- David A L.
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Project – build walkway from driveway to front porch. Very poor quality, slap job. They poured concrete right on top of dirt – no excavation into the ground, no gravel. Several stepping stones from previous sidewalk got half buried in concrete and sticking out from the side. The drain pipe was placed on a surface in shallow ditch (not even covered), where it was agreed should have been buried 3 feet into the ground. It looks like an eye sore sticking 4 inches above ground. Left construction garbage and lots of clean up for me to do. The list can go on and on. And even this poor job has not been finished, they promised to come back, but never did. It is not just bad, it is horrible. I feel deeply scammed. I was so outraged, I decided to give it a month to cool off before leaving comments.
- VICTOR K.
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Some of the information regarding the repairs that they wer discussing was conflicting with the boiler function (it is a shared chimney). I got the feeling that the recommended repairs were not necessary - over 2 years later - it is still working fine with no issues.....
- Thomas O.

Chimney Repair Services in Elk Grove, CA

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A1 Chimney Inc

843 N Market Blvd
Sacramento

Abercrombie and Co Stoves and Awnings

17593 Penn Valley Dr
Penn Valley

ALS HANDYMAN SERVICES

Citrus Heights

American River Mobile Screens and Chimney Sweep

323 american river cyn. dr.
Folsom

Angels Handyman Service

4748 16th Ave.
Sacramento

B And K2 - Village Sweep

3042 Rockville Rd
Fairfield

B And K2 Village Sweep

3042 Rockville Rd
Fairfield

BEAZER HOMES

3009 DOUGLAS BLVD
Roseville

Bernardino Roofing

PO Box 232
Citrus Heights

Bowerbird Remodeling

2418 overhill
Davis

Cal-Vintage Roofing Co Inc

11257 Coloma Rd
Gold River

Construction Services

3844 Centinella dr.
North Highlands

EL DORADO BUILDERS EXCHANGE

3430 ROBIN LN
Shingle Springs

Elk Grove Masonry & Design Inc

10872 Sheldon Woods Way

Elk Grove Screens and Chimney Sweep

323 American River Cyn. dr.
Folsom

Hangtown Window Screens & Chimney Sweep

323 AMERICAN RIVER CANYON DR
Folsom

Jarrod Holbert Roofing

3032 Highgrade Street

JB Construction

3295 Shelby Place
Fairfield

KHR Construction

9541 Nieman Ave
Elk Grove

Lingley Enterprises

4218 Technology Drive
Modesto

Mike's Mobile Screen & Chimney Service

8130 Lorraine Ave
Stockton

Monster Contractor

4763 Ravenstone Wy
Sacramento

Nick Lambdin Masonry

5140 Janell way
Carmichael

Placerville Retractable Screen Doors & Awnings

323 american river cyn. dr.
Folsom

Quality Express Specialty Cleaning Company

8465 Sunny Lake Way
Sacramento

RYDER ROOFING

PO Box 2858
Granite Bay

Saracino Construction

5213 Stoney Creek Way
Elk Grove

SCOTT'S CHIMNEY SWEEP & DRYER

2216 Edwards St
Marysville

SHEcan2

2646 Waterton Wy
Sacramento

Sticks & Stones Construction

3304 Cambridge Rd
Shingle Springs

The Handy Fix

West Sacramento

The Hot Spot - Year Round Fireside

7610 Folsom-Auburn Road
Folsom

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