Palo Alto Chimney Repair Services

in Palo Alto, CA

79
Chimney Repair Services are
in Palo Alto

23
Chimney Repair Services in Palo Alto
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Alyssa H.
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Chimney for the work they did. First of all, the day I received a phone call from a scheduler from the company within FIVE" MINUTES of making an online request for chimney repair. They were always punctual and professional,
inspected our chimney and boiler in the basement, as well as the chimney coming outside He gave us a MUCH better quote than other people who had been by the quote us. The highest one was $3400! That particular company said our chimney was too short and would need an extra three layers of brick, which would add an extra $1000 to the total price.
could tell just by looking at the chimney from the outside that it was plenty tall enough, and was already up to code. The day they completed the work they showed up a little early (it was fine with us, we didn't want to spend a Saturday around the house waiting anyway!), and were done within three hours. And they cleaned up everything! Overall a great job done at a great price. Will definitely use them again if need be.
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Margaret M.
"We used London some years ago to clean and repair both our chimney s. The lead was Mikey". Arrived one time, very professional, careful to keep carpets protected, acted like we" were doing them an honor for choosing them. Definitely would use them again when it's time.
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Naomi P.
"They worked with us the home owners and the HVAC company to figure out the best plan to make our house safe and efficient. They arrived on time, communicated well and cleaned up after themselves.

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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.

Angie's Answers

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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 Palo Alto

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It didn't take long to figure out, I was being solicited to put a new roof on. Honestly, my roof is not that bad at all. It just passed an insurance survey re-inspection as AOK. I am still waiting for my estimate to
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point my chimney. Obviously, this must not be their bread & butter job or I am sure I would have had the estimate months ago.
- JIM R.
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I was in the
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for some chimney repair and had been shopping pretty hard, I was also looking to get my roof done since the chimney repair was going to damage a lot of my roof being rebuilt. I had planned to do the gutters myself, but was asking each contractor for a quote just so I'd have it.

I received lots of quote, and
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came in about 30% higher than some of the others but he was also the only "full service" contractor I had spoken to. Everyone else either did roofs or chimneys, not both. I asked
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why he was so much more expensive because I like to give contractors a
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to explain their pricing, justify it, and make sure I'm comparing to bids "apples to apples" so to speak.

After listening to
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explain why his bid was higher and actually going and looking at job's he did as well as jobs some of the other contractors did, I quickly saw that the extra money was for the quality of service
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provided. A few examples include: soldering of all flashing joints for a permanent solution versus caulking which can wear out and needs maintained; a different type of crown on the chimney (called a
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crown); forming flashings in such a way that water runs into gutters and not down chimney face; installing a ridge behind the chimney to prevent water buildup behind it, and many other small details.

When I asked other contractors about these types of things, they all agreed that they are good things and said they could do them (for more money). What bothered me about this was that they didn't ever mention these items themselves. It was as if they would prefer to just "get the job" and didn't care whether it was done the best it could be or not.
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, on the other hand, didn't want to the job if he wasn't doing it the best.

In the end I went with
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. Both his roofing and chimney crew were very professional and courteous. They brought dump trucks with them each day to the house and loaded their debris so that I didn't have an ugly dumpster sitting at my home all week. Everything was done with care and I honestly never found a single roofing nail on the ground after they left.

His roofing crew did leave a little bit of material and scrap at my house when they were done, but as soon as I mentioned it to
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he brought his crew back out to retrieve them and apologized for the oversight.

Overall, I am extremely satisfied with the jobs
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completed for me and would definitely recommend him.
- Adam L.
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I signed up for my chimney to be cleaned and the guys were prompt to get in touch and respond. During the cleaning they alerted me to an issue I was aware of but kept putting off. The original chimney chase was in poor shape and needed to be reworked. It stung like heck having the work done but it's fire, so, fire. I was thoroughly impressed that the guys went above and beyond when installing the new chase. I watched them from the window while they caulked every nook and cranny on the entire chimney exterior, and nailed in every nail within reach on the roof. He even bought me a little time by applying clear silicon to an area on the chimney that was suffering from water damage from the roof. Also they trimmed back some branches that were getting close to the top. Top notch guys right there.
- Douglas S.
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We are very pleased with the work.
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came quickly to give an estimate and was able to schedule the work quickly. The workers were punctual and professional. The work performed was of high quality. They were as quiet as possible while working and cleaned up our yard when the work was completed. We will definitely recommend
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to others and will use them again if we have the need.
- Susan B.
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The service went very well. Their prices are reasonable. It is a privately owned business and I like the personable aspect. I would definitely recommend them, they do a great job.
- Jeffrey H.
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Inspector arrived early, which was great. He covered open area to chimney with plastic and also flooring in front of fireplace for protection. He cleaned chimney and let us know there was no issues. He gave us information that was also emailed to us with information on the inspection that was performed. Total inspection was under around an hour from the time he arrived to the time he left. I would contact them if I needed any repair.
- Melinda R.
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We first met
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roofing at the home show in January and spoke with them about our chimney needing to have some rotten wood replaced. They contacted us again a several weeks later and we got their quote and decided we would use them. They were not the most expensive nor the least but on the upper end. Exceptionally nice on the phone and through email. After getting dates set the gentleman showed up on the Monday to do the work he explained his helper had left and it may take a little longer but he would be done by the end of the week which was fine as we weren't really pressed for time. After he had demoed some of the wood and gotten to the inside of the chimney he called my wife and I so we could see some of the damage on the inside of the chimney and was telling us we should consider having a vapor
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installed also but that it would cost extra. I guess he didnt read the contract as it included a vapor
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along with replacing the wood. The under boards were in pretty sad shape and he recommended us to replace them and I agreed so the the price went up, but we had agreed to replacing the boards with plywood. When the boards were actually replaced it was with OSB board not plywood. No biggie in my book. The exterior work was excellent and he did a fantastic job with paining and clean up and was truly a nice and friendly guy the whole time. However when all was said and done the part of the chimney that was inside my sunroom still has the old siding wood as it was not replaced.
While a little pricey and little much on the upsell it was quality work. However we won't be calling
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again for a bigger job. maybe for smaller jobs as the workman was exceptionally nice and knowledgeable.

- Gareth C.

All Chimney Repair Services in Palo Alto, 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

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

DEAN DESIGNS CO INC

27 Avondale Ave
Redwood City

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

Home Remedy LLC

9505 Yupondale

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

Nick Lambdin Masonry

5140 Janell way
Carmichael

OHMS Handyman Services

310 N Chapel Rd
Hollister

PT Masonry

1029 Connie Dr
Campbell

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 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

Two Brothers Roofing

2804 E 55th PL

United Chimney Inc

579 El Camino Rl
Atherton

Westshore Roofing Inc

2245 A Fortune Dr
San Jose

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