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deal for $150. I needed a cap over one chimney we never ,use as critters set up a nest every year and make a lot of noise before" they final get their babies out into the world. They responded quickly and installed the cap. They left a detailed list of repairs they felt were needed on both chimneys but not a word about how dirty the flues were. I did not request this quote of other work, but I guess they were looking for more business and it was good to know about these issue. I actually wanted them to clean out on chimney we use often while they were here but they drove off before I could talk to them. Left bill and they got in car and left. I had prepaid for this deal so no money needed to be paid at the time. I need to get it done some time. They seemed to want to get the other business and were not interested in me when I seemed not interested. I thought about calling them back but figured I missed the opportunity to get a better dal while they were here.

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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.

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 Ventura

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They replaced my roof in the past, and I used them again because I was very pleased with the quality of work they did on the roof. They're very professional and very responsive. Their work ethic was very good. There was a little lag time for them to come out and look at it, probably a couple of weeks, but it was the middle of winter, so I was understanding that. They came and looked at it and had to manufacture a new cap for my chimney. They were there that day and they came back on the weekend and they fixed it.
- Richard D.
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Scheduling was easy, office personnel was helpful. Provider arrived on time, had materials to keep the home clean while they worked, gave appropriate advice, worked efficiently.
- Carrie P.
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As requested, the service provider called 30 minutes ahead so that someone could be at the home to meet him. My husband was there and said that he was very professional and did a thorough job and answered any questions.

- Marla H.
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They were wonderful. Bill explained everything that they were going to do. I was very impressed. I am going to use them to install a new damper on my chimney when the weather gets better.

- Mark O.
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I think they went above and beyond. They did a really good job. We had a second house and they thought they were supposed to do that house as well and drove through rush hour traffic which I thought was really good. The person who let them in to do the job thought they did a good job. They also let us know that we need to a new chimney cover. The scheduling was good.
- MICHELLE K.
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The tech measured the cap and inspected it. They verified that the chimney cap was still serviceable but would need replacing in about a year. The tech was at the home for about 2 hours and it felt good knowing that the leak was not coming from my chimney.
- Janis M.
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They are a great company. They were not able to do my original job, but they were able to do other work on the exterior of my chimney. I was very impressed with their work and I would definitely recommend this company to other members.
- Bill S.
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While scheduling was OK and they were responsive, they didn’t do the job and didn’t give me back my money after they indicated they would do this or issue a credit.
- JALEEL S.

All Chimney Repair Services in Ventura, CA

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499 Handyman

109 N Main St

A-1 Chimney Sweep

10821 Saticoy St
Sun Valley

AAA Chimney Sweep & Fire Protection Co

11684 Ventura Blvd
Studio City

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

Archwood builders & Consultants, Inc.

23103 Erwin Street
Woodland Hills

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 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

Brick Fix

AKA Witing Masonry
Thousand Oaks

Bright Green Contracting

464 Larkstone Ln.
Brea

Brooks Chimney Sweeping

1302 Cruzero St
Ojai

bryant masonry

2500 Raft Ln
Oxnard

Burbank Fireplace & BBQ

833 N Hollywood Way
Burbank

Burntech

6520 Platt Ave
West Hills

CAL-QUAKE CONSTRUCTION

636 N FORMOSA AVENUE
Los Angeles

CALIFORNIA ARBOR CARE

PO Box 746
Chino

California Construction Center

12509 Oxnard St
North Hollywood

California Skyline Remodeling Inc

4570 Van Nuys Blvd
Sherman Oaks

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 Knights

1905 Victory Blvd
Glendale

CMS Construction

800 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach

D.F. Construction & General Engineering

8132 Firestone Blvd
Downey

Diaz Construction

322 E Heath Ln
Long Beach

Dkam Construction Services

2737 S WAY
Santa Ana

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

Eco Friendly Remodeling

9922 Walker St
Cypress

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

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 Freddie

3033 Angus St
Los Angeles

Franco's Construction

9613 Bartee Ave
Pacoima

George Parks Roofing And Painting

4924 Balboa Blvd
Encino

GM Pacific Pro Construction

18623 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana

Go Bill It

Agoura Hills

Go Green Construction, Inc

9300 Texhoma Ave
Northridge

Goldin Construction

17354 Knapp St
Northridge

greenoaksevice

7751 Kyle St
Tujunga

GTS Construction Inc.

4251 Adam Road
Simi Valley

High Class Builders & Remodeling Inc

7011 Hayvenhurst Ave.
Van Nuys

Home Top Construction & Design Inc

6931 Van Nuys Blvd
Van Nuys

Home, James! Real Estate

31103 Rancho Viejo Rd. #2328
San Juan Capistrano

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

JCL Contractors

2980 First Street
La Verne

Jobe Roofing Co

3026 W 48th St
Los Angeles

John's Chimney Sweep

10545 Cook Ave
Riverside

K.M.Pate Construction

25726 Floral Ct
Valencia

Karma Construction & Remodeling.

4848 San Felipe Rd.
San Jose

Kevin K. Park

Los Angeles

KLD Construction

Los Angeles

Luna's Chimney Sweep & Air Duct Cleaning

9908 Argyle Drive
Huntington Beach

M&M Construction & Home Design

18840 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana

Marks Construction Inc

22201 Wyandotte St
Canoga Park

Midtown Chimney Sweeps Lancaster

45101 Yucca Ave
Lancaster

Moli Inc

335 E Home St
Long Beach

Nexxus Remodeling Inc

PO Box 260470
Encino

Noah Construction & Design

6919 Jamieson Ave
Reseda

Novel Construction

North Hollywood

ON POINT CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

19820 Frances St
Corona

Orange Coast Building Services, Inc.

2191 South Dupont Dr
Anaheim

Parker Construction

5217 W Wooley Rd Apt 1
Oxnard

Paul Bancroft Roofing Inc & Construction

7706 Deering Ave
Canoga Park

Phoenix Home Services Inc.

9141 Schoolcraft Ln

Powerhouse Construction

1155 Industrial Ave.
Oxnard

Prodigy Construction, Inc.

5023 Parkway Calabasas
Calabasas

RAM BUILDING & REMODELING INC.

2410 BEVERLY BLVD
Los Angeles

Randal G Winter Construction Inc

28348 Constellation Rd
Valencia

RB Remodeling & Construction

PO Box 462033
Los Angeles

REFUGIO CAMPOS

Los Angeles

Renovation Management Associates, Inc.

18543 Devonshire St
Northridge

Rescomm Construction Inc.

18611 Brymer St
Northridge

Reynolds Masonry

27762 Antonio Pkwy Ste L1
Ladera Ranch

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.

SoCal Contractor

3289 Veteran Ave
Los Angeles

Sterling Solution

3150 Forest Meadow Drive
Chino Hills

Supreme Remodeling Inc

14545 Victory Blvd
Van Nuys

T 2 TILE TECHNIQUES Inc.

6 Harbor Way #193
Santa Barbara

The Chimney Experts Inc

30358 Honeysuckle Hill Dr
Canyon Country

The Chimney Sweeper

14248 1/2 Oxnard St
Van Nuys

The Home Doctor

15332 Antioch St
Pacific Palisades

The Lucky Chimney Co

10247 Kalua Dr.
Shadow Hills

Top Design Inc

16134 Hart St
Van Nuys

TOP HAT CHIMNEY SVC

2674 E MAIN ST
Ventura

Top Roofing Inc.

7510 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles

TRANSFORMED CONSTRUCTION INC

14301 VENTURA BLVD
Sherman Oaks

Treeium, Inc

5352 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Valley Village

Trinity Construction

1538 W 84th St
Los Angeles

Uva Construction

41785 Elm St #102
Murrieta

W&S CORPORATION

Granada Hills

Warren Hall Construction

5456 Benjamin Ct
Ventura

Weddington Construction

17200 Weddington St
Encino

West Coast Commercial Construction

13710 Bora Drive
Santa Fe Springs

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

Zion Construction & Design Inc

21307 Gault St
Canoga Park

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