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"Both guys were very professional up until they tried to sell me a product that it turns out I did not need. I have several hairline cracks in the back of my fireplace." We discussed this with the company that sold us the fireplace. They disagreed that we needed to purchase one of two different products, ($265.00 - 310.00) When they left my home it was as clean as when they arrived.

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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.

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 Fremont

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responded promptly to my call. He provided me with a general idea of the cost, then came out a measured the door. He had to order the door, but there wasn't a long wait before it came in. The installation was well done.
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was very good about making appointments that fit with our schedule.
- MARY ANN C.
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We are extremely pleased with the service from this company. Chip was our first point of contact . He evaluated our situation, listened to our desires and concerns and patiently described the options we could consider. Once we narrowed the options down, he gave us a detailed estimate broken into sections so we could select according to our budget.
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was the lead technician for the installation. He and his crew were very professional, hard working, and detailed. They completed the project in just two days arriving on time each morning and leaving the area clean and neat each evening. Each person we talked with were friendly and more than willing to answer any questions including a demo of the new fireplace and walk thru on how to use the remote. We are extremely happy with the new gas fireplace and the maintenance done on our existing wood burning fireplace. We high recommend
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- Pat D.
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Everything went great! No leaks and no problems!
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called me the other day to check on my roof just to see if everything is going okay. Who does that anymore? It warms your heart to see a father and son company survive in this day in time. I don't for see any problems in the future but if I do.. I know
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will take care of it for me.
- Kellie R.
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Everything turned out good. They showed us that the deal was not needed and gave us a proposal that would work for us. They communicated with us well. They did an excellent job.
- MATTHEW C.
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They did a great job. They solved all the problems I had with the chimney and it’s been working perfectly ever since. They also fixed a problem on the roof around the chimney; they replaced the wood around the chimney with a material that would never rot, so they fixed it even better than it was before. It took them a couple of days to do the work. They took care of all the cleanup as well. we've been real happy with them.
- Janet F.
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was great. He showed me the exiting chminey cap and how it was inadequate and extremely plugged up. Gave recommendation and quote including installation. Treated my house like it was his own. Certainly will use them again!!
- Chris W.
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Ii had contacted
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thru Angie's List in regards to a ventless gas log set up. Made an appointment for a inspection and find out my needs, they were very apologetic because they were a few minutes Late , but we're very curious to phone 20 minutes before to let me know ( so much better than a cable guy with a 6 hour window ) they inspected my fireplace , Chimney and assed what I type of gas log I they could install,
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walked me through the system and gave me the pros and cons of the type of system then walked me through the selection process, and we reached an selected the gas log for me. They did a total inspection before the assessment by using instant photos and making a nice presentation of what and how they would perform the install. So they Left we me ordering the gas Log and would get back with me as soon as they could get a price of the install , the log and it's availability. Which I received by the end of the day. They scheduled a general booking for the install , but it was weeks away and I had asked when it was available could they install before Christmas as it was my family Christmas this year and it would be a great atmosphere for the gathering.
They said they would try to accommodate my wish but couldn't promise . One week later they phoned and found an opening and came the next day, they were clean , protective of the house , and very quick they completed the project in 2 1/2 hours and explained the operation of the Gas logs in great detail. We couldn't be happier and pleased with the service , the Product, and especially the attention to everything they did, as well as there office staff for scheduling and billing. I would Highly recommend this company , they are a class act To
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I thank you personally for a job well done. They prove that Angie's List works .
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Very well. very communicative, had received am estimate earlier (by several months) and had held off work due to
cost, but when we were ready to proceed, Boston and their team came back and did a fine job, very clean and efficient and
fast. The old unusable fireplace suddenly became a new center piece to the home...very pleased overall and would certainly have Boston back for any other backyard/brick projects.
Fireplaces are essentially an accident waiting to happen if not placed in the hands of professionals who work
very diligently to the fire codes, which Boston does. No cutting corners. Highly recommend this organization.
- austin S.

All Chimney Repair Services in Fremont, CA

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A1 Home Service

158 Wshington Blvd

A1 Roofing

8616 Graton rd
Sebastopo[

ABOVE ALL ROOFING SOLUTIONS INC

700 Northrup Street
San Jose

AFFORDABLE CHIMNEY SWEEP

1625 WILLOW ST
Martinez

AL'S CHIMNEY CLEANING INC.

579 el camino real
Atherton

ALS Chimney Cleaning

579 EL Camino Real
Atherton

American Chimney Svc

PO Box 4751
Hayward

AMK Roofing Services

184 Talmadge Ave
San Jose

AMS COAST SHEET METAL

1620 PALMETTO AVE
Pacifica

Arizona's Home Repair

3727 Moonstar Ct
San Jose

B A Morrison

2544 Castro Valley Blvd
Castro Valley

BECK ROOFING

21123 MEEKLAND AVE
Hayward

BETTER ROOFING WITH TRAVIS

220 Mar Vista
Watsonville

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

Chimney Clean and Carpet Clean Company

1538 San Joaquin Ave
San Jose

Christopher Carlson Construction

730 w verano ave
Sonoma

Closed

San Francisco

CR Gutters

116 Casa Vieja Pl
Orinda

CRIVELARI CONSTRUCTION & HLNG

1130 MARIN AVE
Albany

Customized Roofing Company

5346 Montecito Ave
Santa Rosa

DNA's Clean Sweep Chimney Service & More

4008 English Oaks Ave
Tracy

East Bay Chimney Service

100 Pacific Ave
Alameda

EZ Build Masonry

P.O. Box 1
San Geronimo

FRANK FIALA ROOFING INC

1228 Quarry Ln Ste F
Pleasanton

Guideline Builders

333 Hegenberger Road #315
Oakland

GVS Construction Company

530 Showers Drive # 7-285
Mountain View

Hill & Company Property Management

1700 Jackson St
San Francisco

InSequent

793 Broadway
Sonoma

INTERNATIONAL MASONRY SPECIALISTS

3668 DELMONT AVE
Oakland

Los Gatos Roofing

888 Faulstich Ct
San Jose

M&M Construction & Home Design

1647 Willow Pass Rd
Concord

maintainance services

1271 eucalyptus drive
Vallejo

MB Chimney Sweep & Home Services

821 N.Branciforte Dr.
Santa Cruz

MEJA Inc.

1696 Trowville Ln.
Hayward

Mike's Mobile Screen & Chimney Service

8130 Lorraine Ave
Stockton

Mooresolutions Handyman Services San Jose

2246 Los Gatos Almaden Road
San Jose

Mr Chimney & Dryer Vents R' Us

PO Box 3696
Los Altos

Nick Lambdin Masonry

5140 Janell way
Carmichael

Nor Cal Solar

1310 Ross St Suite E
Petaluma

O & M Marinovich Masonry INC.

1261 Bretmoor Way
San Jose

PRECISION ROOFING COMPANY

PO Box 7367
Oakland

PT Masonry

1029 Connie Dr
Campbell

RESCUE ROOFING

12 NANCY LN
Daly City

Roof Rx

1001 Bayhill Dr.
San Bruno

Roofing Service Group

201 Spear St
San Francisco

Rowland Construction Co

500 Persia Ave
San Francisco

Roy Miller Brickwork

2604 62nd Avenue
Oakland

Royal Chimney Services

2253 Maywood Ave
San Jose

S & I Construction, Inc.

287 17th Street
Oakland

SABRA MASONRY

630 N SAN PEDRO ST
San Jose

Scudder Roofing

3342 Paul Davis Dr
Marina

Shaz Construction & Design

PO Box 1083
Novato

Sontag Construction inc

1456 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley

Specialty Inspections

261 Spring St
Pleasanton

Standard Roofing Co

1226 9th Ave
San Francisco

Stephen Curley Roofing

3210 Coffey Ln
Santa Rosa

Strong Hold Masonry and Concrete

555 Rancho Caballo
Santa Rosa

The Chimney Doctor

15295 Central Ave
San Leandro

The Fireplace Element

2444 Old Middlefield Way
Mountain View

The Irish Sweep

1400 Webster St
Alameda

Tip Top Roofing

120 Amato Ave
Campbell

Top Design Inc

16134 Hart St
Van Nuys

Treeium, Inc

5352 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village

True Masonry

1231 19th Ave
San Francisco

Westshore Roofing Inc

2245 A Fortune Dr
San Jose

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