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"They did an excellent job. They also inspected the chimney and told me that I may need to have a lining put in eventually as a few of the tiles were coming loose." I appreciated that I didn't feel pressured to upgrade to more expensive services. They let me know that it could hold for years to come or if I wanted to be more proactive I could replace the tiles now.

-John O.

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arrived on the day and time that was scheduled , removed the damaged chimney and rebuilt it all in the same day. The crew from
" construction were on time very professional and the work was high quality, they came back a few days latter and removed the form supporting the custom concrete cap. The crew also removed a large birds nest that was inside my chimney that could have had caused serious harm to my family and myself.

-Ronald P.

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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 Northridge

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What we didn't find out until a few months ago when we were getting our air ducts and dryer vent cleaned was that we couldn't have the dryer vent cleaned because it was not compliant. We also found out that when
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installed the dryer vent, they cut holes in 2 of the floor joists and looped the flexible tubing from the dryer to the external vent. We found out that the flexible tubing is not compliant or up to code. We ended up contacting a structural engineer as we had some seals on our windows pop and door not closing.
- MARY ANN K.
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Work was performed quickly and with professionalism. The patched wall was an additional service asked for and well doe. I would (will) Definitely use them again.
- Charles K.
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When we bought our house last year, we knew that the chimney would need to be fixed sooner than later. After reviewing numerous companies on Angie's List and talking with our neighbors, we contacted
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via the $110 cleaning/inspection combo. We were able to get an appointment a few days after the initial email. Upon arriving, the two-man crew immediately noted the external issues with the chimney- the top 20 rows of mortar needed to be completely redone and some bricks replaced, in addition to replacing and making watertight the top of the flue (they provided us with pictures of everything, walking us through what needed to be done). They also did a thorough job cleaning and examining the internal parts of the chimney. To their credit, they said that the liner was in great shape (saved us $1900), but the original damper from 1940 had gotten corroded and would need to be replaced/updated. After thoroughly cleaning the chimney and putting in a new damper, we quickly set a date for the next crew to come and do the external work. Two weeks later, the next crew showed up with scaffolding and did all repairs without any issues. After 5 hours of work, it looked like a new chimney! Thank you
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for all of your hard work and responsiveness. We look forward to finally being able to use our fireplace for years to come!
- Drew F.
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I purchased their $99 coupon for Chimney work and I could never get in contact with the company. By email or phone. The last time I called the mailbox on the phone was completely full. Very unhappy with this company and will never use them again.
- Sylvia B.
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did a wonderful job matching brick and removing uneven brick shelves from the fireplace. He repaired loose brick on the outside and waterproofed a chimney. While on the roof he noticed another problem and took a picture so I could see what needed fixing. I will be using him again.
- Sandra R.
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This was a great company to work with and they did a very thorough job. They gave me suggestions on what to do in future years in my new home and some fixes we could make. The owner was an honest and very nice man. I will definitely use them again.
- Kelsey M.
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It went as planned. very good and professional crew. No issues with the installation.
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explained everything ahead of time. They came at the time they said they would. Two day job. They did a little extra chimney work.
- Phyllis B.
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ARRIVED FOR ESTIMATE ON TIME. WORK WAS COMPLETED AS DESCRIBED & AS SCHEDULED. ALL
WORKERS ON THE PROJECT WERE POLITE. WORK TOOK 2 WEEKS TO COMPLETE WITH A ONE DAY RETURN FOR REGRADING AFTER INITIAL BACK-FILL A COUPLE OF WEEKS LATER.
- DOUGLAS S.

Chimney Repair Services in Northridge, CA

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A-Best Remodeling

5632 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys

ABC Contracting

1811 Park Drive
Los Angeles

Absolute Maintenance & Consulting

3520 Overland Ave
Los Angeles

Adobe Builders

15300 Ventura Blvd Ste 203
Sherman Oaks

Advanced Builders & Contractors

19528 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana

AGA Construction Inc

18375 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana

AGS Innovation

7662 Genesta Ave.

Aleksa Simich Construction Inc,.

957 S. Meridian Ave
Alhambra

Alfaro General Construction

Garden Grove
Garden Grove

Alin Design Remodeling Inc.

16035 Blackhawk St
Granada Hills

All City Remodeling

6501 Vanalden Ave. #5
Reseda

All Trades Ready Construction

3435 Galveston Ave
Simi Valley

AMERICAN ROOFMASTERS

PO Box 1777
Lomita

ANR Roofing

5018 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles

Aquaguard GC

11856 Balboa Blvd
Granada Hills

Archwood builders & Consultants, Inc.

23103 Erwin Street
Woodland Hills

Arellano Masonry Inc.

1678 Fair Ave
Simi Valley

Ary's General Construction

1642 s catalina st

ASHES TO ASHES

264 S LA CIENEGA BLVD
Beverly Hills

Assura Public Relations

335 N Brookhurst St
Anaheim

Avalin Seismic Construction Co Inc

2814 S Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles

B & R Construction Inc

6015 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles

B B Custom Design, Inc.

2111 Maine Ave
Long Beach

B&S Construction

Los Angeles

B2B Design / Build

6302 Whittier Ave.
Whittier

BG Tile & Construction Inc

5234 Vantage Ave
Valley Village

Boston Brick & Stone

2005 Lincoln Ave
Pasadena

Brian McCarthy and Associates

7704 Wish Ave.
Van Nuys

Brick Fix.com

3265 Radcliffe Road
Thousand Oaks

Brigada Builders Inc

400 Corporate Pt
Culver City

Bright Green Contracting

464 Larkstone Ln.
Brea

bryant masonry

2500 Raft Ln
Oxnard

Built Strong Construction

14431 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks

Burntech

6520 Platt Ave
West Hills

CAL-QUAKE CONSTRUCTION

636 N FORMOSA AVENUE
Los Angeles

California Construction Center

12509 Oxnard Street
North Hollywood

California Skyline Remodeling Inc-Sherman Oaks

4570 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks

Carver's Plastering & Stucco

5016 Ledge Ave
Burbank

Casale Construction Co.

1171 South RobertsonBlvd.
Los Angeles

Casanova Construction

5875 MissionBlvd #136
Riverside

CBM

PO Box 9973
Moreno Valley

CH Construction

12304 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 300
Los Angeles

Chimney Safety Experts

1710 Fiske Ave
Pasadena

Chimney Savers Inc

19735 Strathern
Winnetka

Chimney Sweeps LA

7727 Forsythe Street
Tujunga

CMS Construction

800 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach

D C KEETON HOME IMPROVEMENTS

616 St Paul Ave
Los Angeles

D.F. Construction & General Engineering

8132 Firestone Blvd
Downey

Daniel lopez

601 e Collins st

Diaz Construction

322 E Heath Ln
Long Beach

Doggers Incorporated

7100 Hayvenhurst Ave
Van Nuys

Dream Remodeling

14640 Victory Blvd STE 206
Van Nuys

E M R Construction Co.

2236 Rutland Pl
Thousand Oaks

Elite Remodeling & Development Inc

8949 Reseda blvd.
Northridge

Embers West

1201 East Ball Rd
Anaheim

ENERGY GREEN BUILDERS

13401 Oxnard St.
Van Nuys

enpos construction

641 S Palm St
La Habra

EZ Plaster & Construction

712 Micheltorena St
Los Angeles

FasTrak Construction

2965 Tern Place
Perris

Fiddler On The Roof Chimney Service

15145 Califa St
Van Nuys

Fidelity General Contractors

18034 Ventura Blvd
Encino

Fireplace Door Guy

32200 Vista Del Monte
Temecula

Fireplace Improvements.com

6512 Balcom Ave
Reseda

First Finished

20503 Hamlin St
Winnetka

Franco's Construction

9613 Bartee Ave
Pacoima

George Parks Roofing And Painting

4924 Balboa Blvd
Encino

Giant first construction

27001 Agoura Road Suite 285 ,
Agoura Hills

GM Pacific Pro Construction

18623 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana

Go Green Construction, Inc

9300 Texhoma Ave
Northridge

Goldin Construction

17354 Knapp St
Northridge

GREENHOUSE

3435 Wilshire Blvd Ste 144
Los Angeles

greenoaksevice

7751 Kyle St
Tujunga

Greg Sylvis General Contractor Inc

500 Bellmore Way
Pasadena

GTS Construction Inc.

4251 Adam Road
Simi Valley

GWG Construction Inc

1740 W 127th St
Los Angeles

H.A.S. Construction, Inc.

11272 Washington Place
Culver City

Handyworx Construction Services, Inc.

3749 Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles

Hero Construction Corp

530 N Shelton St
Burbank

Home Helper Ed

13209 Filmore St
Pacoima

Home In Style Construction Inc

23022 Dolorosa St
Woodland Hills

Home Pros USA

370 Goddard
Irvine

Home Top Construction & Design Inc

6931 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys

Home, James! Real Estate

31103 Rancho Viejo Rd. #2328
San Juan Capistrano

Homecraft Masters

9523 Mayne St
Bellflower

HoN

PO Box 940008
Simi Valley

IGM Auto Repair

6205 Kester Ave
Van Nuys

J & B Painting Inc

5200 Kanan Rd
Agoura Hills

JACK OF ALL TRADES WILLIAM

2241 W. Ewind st #3

Jaybridge Construction

701 Westborough St
Alhambra

JC Roofing

3118 California St
Huntington Park

JCL Contractors

2980 First Street
La Verne

Jobe Roofing Co

3026 W 48th St
Los Angeles

K.M.Pate Construction

25726 Floral Ct
Valencia

Karma Construction & Remodeling.

6038 Tampa Ave #101
Tarzana

Kelly Sheet Metal, Inc.

3558 Overland Ave
Los Angeles

Kevin K. Park

Los Angeles

KLD Construction

Los Angeles

M&M Construction & Home Design

18840 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana

Marks Construction Inc

22201 Wyandotte St
Canoga Park

Master Masonry Concrete Constrction

1223 WILSHIRE BLVD. PH.144
Santa Monica

Matt's Home Repair & Improvements

7024 Eton Ave
Canoga Park

MESSINEO MASONRY & CONCRETE

PO BOX 7057
Burbank

MFP Construction

9660 E. Lemon Ave.
Arcadia

Moli Inc

335 E Home St
Long Beach

Nexxus Remodeling Inc

PO Box 260470
Encino

Novel Construction

North Hollywood

OCBS Inc

2191 S Dupont Dr
Anaheim

ON POINT CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

19820 Frances St
Corona

Parker Construction

5217 W Wooley Rd Apt 1
Oxnard

Paul Bancroft Roofing Inc & Construction

7706 Deering Ave
Canoga Park

Powerhouse Construction

2175 Goodyear Ave.
Oxnard

Prodigy Construction, Inc.

5023 Parkway Calabasas
Calabasas

QUALITY FIREPLACE & BBQ INC

392 N 2ND AVE
Upland

Rahn Contractor Associates

24646 Devonport Circle
Laguna Hills

RAM BUILDING & REMODELING INC.

2410 BEVERLY BLVD
Los Angeles

Randal G Winter Construction Inc

28348 Constellation Rd
Valencia

REFUGIO CAMPOS

Los Angeles

Rescomm Construction Inc.

18611 Brymer St
Northridge

Reynolds Masonry

27762 Antonio Pkwy Ste L1
Ladera Ranch

Richard J Reid Stonecraft

7519 Penfield Ave
Winnetka

RJ Design & Construction, Inc.

9903 Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills

RM Construction

6813 e. Hannon st #D
Bell

S & I Construction, Inc.

287 17th Street
Oakland

S-FAB Construction

318 E. Hazel Street, #3
Inglewood

S.C.Contractors (Americas Most Wanted Handyman)

Post Office Box 800657
Santa Clarita

Safford Construction Management

3549 Valley View Ave.

Shea Roofing Inc

1951 N Ontario St
Burbank

SoCal Contractor

3289 Veteran Ave
Los Angeles

Sterling Solution

3150 Forest Meadow Drive
Chino Hills

Sunrise Masonry

1412 N Dale Ave
Anaheim

Supreme Remodeling Inc

14545 Victory Blvd
Van Nuys

The Chimney Guy Inc.

2914 1/2 Gilroy St.
Los Angeles

The Chimney Sweeper

14248 1/2 Oxnard St
Van Nuys

The Home Doctor

15332 Antioch St
Pacific Palisades

THE M & M CONSTRUCTION GROUP

441 W Allen Ave Ste 118
San Dimas

Thomas Parks Contracting

501 W Glenoaks Blvd
Glendale

Top Design Inc

16134 Hart St
Van Nuys

Trinity Construction

1538 W 84th St
Los Angeles

Uva Construction

41785 Elm St #102
Murrieta

W&S CORPORATION

Granada Hills

Weddington Construction

17200 Weddington St
Encino

West Coast Commercial Construction

13710 Bora Drive
Santa Fe Springs

westfire fireplace

4749 eagle ridge ct

Westside Fireplace

9238 WEST PICO BLVD
Los Angeles

William Clark Construction

21704 Devonshire St
Chatsworth

Williamson Construction

850 Loma Dr.
Hermosa Beach

Woodland Hills Fireplace-Barbecue-Appliances

21140 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills

Y.O.R. Construction and Investment, Inc.

12135 Miranda St
Valley Village

Yes construction

12501 Burbank blvd

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