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responded quickly to my request for a bid. He showed up on time to bid and by the time he was done I was certain I would hire him. Bounced" the cost off my wife to keep her in the loop and called him to schedule.
showed up and did the work over several days and walked me around when he was finished to show his work and allow me to look things over. The only reason I gave a B for the price was it was more than I thought, though I had neglected my fireplace since I moved in 22 years ago. For what he did I feel good about what it cost me since I know it is not something I could have done so nicely. I would have no problem calling him again should I need more work done.

-GEOFFREY K.

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"There was an issue with the understanding of the rate, but it was resolved in my favor and with a good attitude. They were on time, and professional. I have used" them in the past and will use them in the future.

-Cheryl G.

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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 Santa Clara

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I called to have my chimney swept in October of 2014. They came out and ran a camera up the chimney and found cracks in the tiles. It was about $100. They then condemned the chimney and we could not use it. At the end of January after dealing with estimates and insurance company (that's a whole different review) we scheduled the work for the end of February. They came out when they said they would. They called ahead to let me know they were on their way. They called if they were running late on another job. They did the work efficiently. The mess was minimal. They had tarps down to not
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up my floors. It was completed in the week they said it would be done. Very very pleased. Will use them for my annual sweeping too. The initial $100 went toward the major construction work too. I wasn't out the additional money.
- Max H.
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went extremely well in every respect. The masonry work was the first component of our kitchen remodel and necessarily had to be completed before other work could be initiated.
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Chapman was extremely responsive from the initial phone call through completion of the project.
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and his crew headed by his son
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Chapman were a pleasure to work with and were definitely skilled at their trade. The door that was bricked up appeared as if it had always been a solid wall and blended in perfectly. Brickwork that was done to accomodate the new french doors was also done seamlessly. Working with
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was a very good experience in every respect and we will not hesitate to use them in the future.
- James M.
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Installation of the chimney cap went well in 2013.
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showed up when he said he would, performed the work at agreed upon price and cleaned up everything.
Our more recent experience was not as smooth. He came out to do the estimate. It took nearly two weeks to get a preliminary estimate, which was about $7,000 for a new chimney liner and complete rebuild of the exterior to the flashing. We got a second estimate from a well-regarded chimney company who wanted about $3,200 for the chimney liner and said we only needed the exterior ground and re-pointed for about $900. (They also wrote out the estimate on the spot after a thorough inspection and provided pictures of the inside of the chimney that showed why the work needed to be done). After some bacfk-and-forth with
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, we decided to consider doing the full rebuild as he suggested/. I emailed
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and asked if he would consider giving us a discount. He sent a
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email in response: "Nope, sorry. I have a motto: 'Never give a discount or you will be tempted to cut corners.' I think you should go with the other company."
We decided to go with another company. I'll let you know how that goes after the work is done.
- James F.
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We initially called
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for a chimney cleaning as we just move into the home and were not sure of the chimney condition. Upon inspection,
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let us know the chimney was in good shape and did not need to be cleaned. He took a look at the firebox upon my request as the mortar was crumbling in some spots. He was very flexible in rescheduling a time to complete the work once he had the appropriate materials. He was punctual and completed the work in a timely manner. I will use
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- Brandon S.
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Everything went perfectly. Their office called the day before to tell me when they'd arrive. Two men arrived on time. They worked very professionally, finished in the time they had said it would take. They cleaned up everything before they left.
The pointing up job is excellent, looks authentic, mixing in with the old bricks. They were also very pleasant and informative. You couldn't ask for a better service. You never know beforehand, but now I know--these guys are
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- Christine A.
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I called Norblum based on great reviews I'd read--I had my fingers crossed they'd have someone available right away and thankfully they did. I asked for a rough estimate over the phone and the very nice woman I spoke to said that they charge by the time spent, rather than the job--plumbing ain't cheap, but I appreciate having an idea of what you're going to pay before the plumber even sets foot in the door. She was able to send
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out the following day--I was given a two hour window of time (9-11) that he'd arrive.
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called around 9:50 and said he was just finishing up a job in Burnsville and that GPS said about 25 mins away. He showed up about 20 minutes later and got right to work. Super nice guy and very professional--gave me good advice about what kind of garbage disposal to look for in the future when it comes time to replace it. He was done in about an hour and a half. He also loved my dog (who also loved him!) and we chatted about dogs for a couple minutes after he was done and I had paid. We are brand new homeowners so have never had to call a plumber for anything before--Norblum is our new go to!
- Sarah E.
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were very professional, personable and informative with what they were doing and also answered any questions such as how the flue liner is constructed to help with any draft issues and any concerns we had of the pre-fab liner.
- Christopher N.
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Went very well. Showed up on time as scheduled. Prepped area for cleaning, keeping everything protected and clean in the house. Worked efficiently and quickly. Provided detailed report on inspection and items that needed to be addressed. Items that were needing attention quotes were provided, but were not a hard sell, provided for future action at our prompting. Would use this company again.

- Rodney F.

Chimney Repair Services in Santa Clara, CA

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A Nor Cal Handyman Company

4497 Latimer Ave
San Jose

A1 Home Service

158 Wshington Blvd

A1 Roofing

PO Box 6163
Santa Rosa

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

American Chimney Svc

PO Box 4751
Hayward

AMK Roofing Services

184 Talmadge Ave
San Jose

AMS COAST SHEET METAL

1620 PALMETTO AVE
Pacifica

Arcc

San Francisco

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

Cal-Vintage Roofing Co Inc

11257 Coloma Rd
Gold River

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

CRIVELARI CONSTRUCTION & HLNG

1130 MARIN AVE
Albany

Customized Roofing Company

5346 Montecito Ave
Santa Rosa

Daddario Roofing Co Inc

716 Capitola Ave
Capitola

Detail Construction

117 South Street
Cloverdale

DNA's Clean Sweep Chimney Service & More

4008 English Oaks Ave
Tracy

EZ Build Masonry

P.O. Box 1
San Geronimo

Guideline Builders

333 Hegenberger Road #315
Oakland

GVS Construction Company

530 Showers Drive # 7-285
Mountain View

Handyman Dan

San Jose

High Tech Construction

PO BOX 1126
Morgan Hill

Hill & Company Property Management

1700 Jackson St
San Francisco

Jda Chimney Sweep

PO Box 654
San Martin

KARL KARDEL COMPANY

4926 E 12TH ST
Oakland

Limey Roofing

342 San Carlos Ave
Redwood City

Lindy Roofing Co Inc

476 W Taylor St
San Jose

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

PT Masonry

1029 Connie Dr
Campbell

redwood chimney cleaning

2605 middlefield rd

RELIABLE CHIMNEY SWEEP

1830 e clarendon

RESCUE ROOFING

12 NANCY LN
Daly City

Roofing Service Group

201 Spear St
San Francisco

Roy Miller Brickwork

2604 62nd Ave
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

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 Fireplace Element

2444 Old Middlefield Way
Mountain View

The Tool Guys

542 Lanfair Circle

Tip Top Roofing

120 Amato Ave
Campbell

TOP-NOTCH CONSTRUCTION

P.O. BOX 1567
Aptos

True Masonry

1231 19th Ave
San Francisco

United Chimney Inc

579 El Camino Rl
Atherton

Universal Home Solutions Inc

3122 Fincher Farm Rd

Westshore Roofing Inc

2245 A Fortune Dr
San Jose

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