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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)
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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 Oakland

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was efficient, professional and thorough. they did a fantastic job explaining things and did not try to up sell us.
- DAVID & ALECIA W.
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He arrived within
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time block. He caled ahead of time to tell me his arrival time. He put on boot covers so he would not track in dirt. He offered to change out the filter on the air cleaner. I had the filter on hand.
- Tim T.
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We were not impressed with this service - they left a lot of soot and dirt both in the chimney and on the floor around the chimney. We had to use a shop vacuum to clean up all the dirtiness that was left behind on our floor, and then had to mop after that. We just don't think they cleaned as thoroughly as we were
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to believe they would. As for the inspection, it was fine and they did not try to upsell us or pressure us at all - one of the two things that they told us about we already knew we needed from our home inspection. The employees themselves were nice enough.
- Anita P.
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I joined Angie's List because I was searching for a mason to repair my chimney. Over the years, the bricks on my chimney were flaking away, and I thought it would be really hard to find a mason that would handle a small job like this. To my surprise, Angie's List had numerous companies from which I could chose! I picked three top-rated companies to quote, but settled on
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because of their fair quote, knowledgable staff, and professionalism. They scheduled a date for the repair, but due to good weather over the entire summer, they were able to bump-up my date by a few weeks (which was awesome!). I let them pick the bricks, and the match was great! And, they provided "before" pictures with the quote, as well as "after" pictures when the job was complete, which contributed to my confidence in their work.
- Sandra K.
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I called for a foundation inspection and to have some cracks repaired in my house. One guy came out, crawled under my house and seemed to do a thorough inspection including pictures of what he determined were faulty repairs from the previous contractor. After about two weeks, I finally get a written report indicating that the foundation expert was going to look at the pictures and get back to me. Fast forward a few more weeks. I contact try contacting the guy who did the initial inspection only to find out he is no longer with the company. I contact the foundation guy and he makes an appointment to come and do a re-inspection. Although he did come, he clearly was not comfortable coming to my neighborhood because it was during the time of the
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unrest and he did not want to be anywhere near Leimert Park. This was in November 2014 and in December I emailed him to see what his estimate was. He emailed me back, said he thought he had sent me a report, apologized and I never heard from him again. He did however mention that he did not think this was something that I could present to my insurance company. Maybe that is why he never got back to me besides the fact that he did not want to be in the
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/Leimert area. Needless to say, I am looking for someone else at this point and I will be sending this same scenario to Angie's List.
- Yvette T.
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was great to work with! We have very little experience with wood-burning fireplaces and wasn't sure what to expect when we decided to get our fireplace inspected and cleaned for the first time. It was great seeing the video of the chimney all the way to the top. He provided input as to what repairs were needed and what to prioritize as well as tips on how to use the fireplace. Great experience overall!
- Michael D.
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Knowledgeable in all cases and provide the best service and most reasonable quote. Good detail with picture and follow-up with emailing of pictures. Very professional and concerned with quality of work. Great appearance.
- John P.
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They never showed up, and never called. I called them and they had no idea who I was and weren't able to reschedule. The person I spoke to barely spoke english and said the people wouldn't even be back until Feb 4th. I want my money back. I took a day off work to have this done and I can't take another day off for them.
- Ellen B.

All Chimney Repair Services in Oakland, CA

Companies below are listed in alphabetical order. To view top rated service providers along with reviews and ratings, Join Angie's List Now!

A1 Chimney Inc

843 N Market Blvd
Sacramento

A1 Home Service

158 Wshington Blvd

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

Alward Construction

780 San Luis Rd
Berkeley

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

BERKELEY CHIMNEYS

1221 CURTIS ST
Albany

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

Chelsea Chimney Co

625 56th St
Oakland

CHIMNEY SWEEPS & GUTTER CLEANING SERVICE

57 Parkridge Pl
El Sobrante

Christopher Carlson Construction

730 w verano ave
Sonoma

Closed

San Francisco

Colonial Life

1401 Willow Pass Road
Concord

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

Enliven Nail & Spa

570 Masonic Way
Belmont

EZ Build Masonry

P.O. Box 1
San Geronimo

Foo Bar

San Francisco

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

HOFFMAN MASONRY CONSTRUCTION

915 GRAYSON LN
Pleasant Hill

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

Nick Lambdin Masonry

5140 Janell way
Carmichael

Nor Cal Solar

1310 Ross St Suite E
Petaluma

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

Roofmax

7275 National Dr
Livermore

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

Superior Roofing of Memphis

5575 Poplar Ave, Ste 809

The Chimney Doctor

15295 Central Ave
San Leandro

The East Bay Handyman

1669 Sarah Dr
Pinole

The Fireplace Element

2444 Old Middlefield Way
Mountain View

The Flue Doctor.Inc

22286 Cottage hill dr
Grass Valley

The Irish Sweep

1400 Webster St
Alameda

The Irish Sweep, Inc.

1400 Webster Street
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

Warm Solutions

431 Grand Ave
South San Francisco

Westshore Roofing Inc

2245 A Fortune Dr
San Jose

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