Los Gatos Chimney Repair Services

in Los Gatos, CA

77
Chimney Repair Services are
in Los Gatos

21
Chimney Repair Services in Los Gatos
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Lakshmi A.
"We had them come out to do a chimney sweep after another company told us they couldn't do it because our chimney would collapse and require thousands of dollars of repairs.
" and masonry did the sweep and did not try and sell us on multiple different services or add ons.
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Sally P.
"We had been burning wood in our energy efficient fireplace since Oct. 2010 and figured it was time to get the chimney cleaned.
said that there was a bit of" soot, but no creosote(causes fires). So, I guess we don't need to have this done as often as recommended. We will probably wait 6 years before we hire him again.
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Chuck W.
"We asked several companies for an estimate on replacing missing shingles and repairing leaks around
on our older roof. Of those that provided estimates, bids" ranged from $500.00 to $1,500. This company was prompt and professional with their response, and their bid was among the lower ones. Because we are considering a complete tear-off next spring, we only needed the repairs to get us through the winter. It was a tough decision to select a company not only based on cost but availability to do the work. They were prompt in making an estimate and after accepting their bid, we agreed they would come on Saturday, but they were actually able to come Friday afternoon so I had the weekend free to do other things. They were easy to talk with and discuss what they were doing and why. The work seems to be done correctly. Of course time will tell. But as of right now, I am satisfied.

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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)
Chimney Repair

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 Los Gatos

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They inspected the chimney and cleaned the inside with brooms. It still has a smell to it and I feel it was not a thorough cleaning. I know other companies use power tools with wire brushes on the end. Next time I will use one of those contractors to ensure a deep cleaning is conducted. It was only $125. So I at least got an inspection for that price an a light cleaning.
- Kelly R.
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is great. Very helpful and courteous. He even pointed out other services that needed to be performed on the house to ready it for winter (not add ons to his service; things he noticed about my house unrelated to the chimney - so he was helpful beyond just the green that was going into his pocket.) Answers questions in a very personable way.
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made sure that he answered all my questions before he left. I would not hesitate to refer
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to others..
- jack W.
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The entire experience went very well. There was a slight hiccup in scheduling and
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, the office manager, worked it out to everyone's satisfaction which was much appreciated to keep on schedule. The workers were very knowledgeable, professional, and kind. Would definitely use them again.
- Donna K.
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came unassisted (his usual co-worker was ill) & did all work himself, having to circulate between roof & basement to get various tasks done, but was finished in a comfortable 2-2.5 hours. He explained very clearly (& wrote out on his bill) exactly what was done.
I am very impressed by
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's professionalism, apart from the work itself: from his prompt, clear & detailed price estimate to the fact that he called in twice while detained on the day of the job. His manner in all cases was friendly, accessible, unhurried, & lucid.
I was also impressed by this: When I explained some of the options that another company wanted to perform along with the essential liner/chimney cap work,
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explained why he felt that these were superfluous (from my viewpoint, a positive thing for not adding to cost).
Finally, relative to the price estimate I got from the other company,
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's price seemed very reasonable.
- Lee K.
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I have my chimney inspected annually, since I have a wood
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and regularly heat my home with it. I made an appointment with
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showed up on time. He was very professional. He looked at the chimney and said it needed to be swept, so he and his partner cleaned it out. They were thorough, and
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showed me the black gunk that they scraped off. They had put down drop cloths around the living area, and cleaned up thoroughly.
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then showed me a photo of my chimney crown, which was cracked in more than one place. He proposed replacing the crown and also waterproofing the chimney. I agreed to do it, although I hesitated over whether to waterproof--I had never heard of doing that before, but I found a few recommendations for doing it when I researched online. So, I made an appointment for crown replacement--a cast crown--and waterproofing. Again, the job was done on time, I was shown a photo of the new crown, and everything was handled professionally.
I liked that
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showed me photos so I could see what was going on without having to go up on the roof to see it (although I suppose they could have been fake photos, I actually doubt that). The
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staff were all professional and a pleasure to work with. I would call them again.
- VIRGINIA H.
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The provider is punctual, very helpful, and a joy to work with. They did an excellent job just as they did last year fixing the cracking chimney crown, chimney sweep, and replacing the chimney caps.
The price was more expensive than I would expect. The tuckpointing as well as cementing some areas with holes only took them 30 minutes to do and there was no product involved yet the price of this work (without the chimney sweep) was $1180. Rather expensive for 30 minutes of work.
- Elan S.
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After scheduling an appointment several weeks in advance, the provider was to come in to give a quote on installation of a stainless steel chimney liner. Appoint was scheduled for "the morning." First call to confirm 30 minutes before arrival came at 10:53a. At 11:13a, the second call came to say they would be delayed due to traffic. At 1:07p, they called to say they just couldn't make it.
The professional thing to do would have been to say they could not accommodate the job at least the day before. I advise anyone considering this company to proceed with caution.
- Chris A.

All Chimney Repair Services in Los Gatos, CA

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A Nor Cal Handyman Company

4497 Latimer Ave
San Jose

A1 Home Service

158 Wshington Blvd

ABA Hearth & Home

1494 Laurel St
San Carlos

ABC Roofing Co Inc

8499 E US Hwy 36

ABOVE ALL ROOFING SOLUTIONS INC

700 Northrup Street
San Jose

ALS Chimney Cleaning

579 EL Camino Real
Atherton

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

BETTER ROOFING WITH TRAVIS

220 Mar Vista
Watsonville

Bradley Construction

PO Box 620276
Redwood City

Buhler Construction Company

3614 16th St. #1
San Francisco

CARDINAL ROOFING CO INC.

2541 LEGHORN ST
Mountain View

Chimney Clean and Carpet Clean Company

1538 San Joaquin Ave
San Jose

Christopher Carlson Construction

730 w verano ave
Sonoma

Closed

San Francisco

Colonial Life

1401 Willow Pass Road
Concord

CRIVELARI CONSTRUCTION & HLNG

1130 MARIN AVE
Albany

Customized Roofing Company

5346 Montecito Ave
Santa Rosa

Daddario Roofing Co Inc

716 Capitola Ave
Capitola

DNA's Clean Sweep Chimney Service & More

4008 English Oaks Ave
Tracy

Enliven Nail & Spa

570 Masonic Way
Belmont

EZ Build Masonry

P.O. Box 1
San Geronimo

Foo Bar

San Francisco

Guideline Builders

333 Hegenberger Road #315
Oakland

GVS Construction Company

530 Showers Drive # 7-285
Mountain View

Handyman Dan

San Jose

Hill & Company Property Management

1700 Jackson St
San Francisco

Jda Chimney Sweep

PO Box 654
San Martin

Karma Construction & Remodeling.

6038 Tampa Ave
Tarzana

Limey Roofing

342 San Carlos Ave
Redwood City

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

ML Construction

928 Terminal Way
San Carlos

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

OHMS Handyman Services

310 N Chapel Rd
Hollister

PT Masonry

1029 Connie Dr
Campbell

Raincap Construction

2315 N 65th St

RELIABLE CHIMNEY SWEEP

1830 e clarendon

RESCUE ROOFING

12 NANCY LN
Daly City

Roof Rx

1001 Bayhill Dr.
San Bruno

Roofing Service Group

201 Spear St
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

Saber Roofing Inc

2995 Woodside Rd
Woodside

SABRA MASONRY

630 N SAN PEDRO ST
San Jose

SALINAS REMODELING AND HENDYMAN SERVICE

349 POPLAR AVE. #5
Redwood City

Scudder Roofing

3342 Paul Davis Dr
Marina

Shaz Construction & Design

PO Box 1083
Novato

Sontag Construction inc

1456 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley

Strong Hold Masonry and Concrete

555 Rancho Caballo
Santa Rosa

The Chimney Doctor

15295 Central Ave
San Leandro

THE CHIMNEY GUY

14708 NELSON WAY
San Jose

The Fireplace Element

2444 Old Middlefield Way
Mountain View

The Tool Guys

542 Lanfair Circle

Tip Top Roofing

120 Amato Ave
Campbell

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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