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"I feel that the gentleman who inspected my chimney was honest, knowledgeable, and professional. I would not hesitate to use this company again in the future.

-Susan Y.

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"When he came, he looked right at my chimney and was very honest. He said when the house was built in 2009, the standards were not as exact for gas and smoke escaping" from the chimney as they are now. I had a gas fireplace. He let me know that the builders had done just the minimum and my chimney was safe but not totally safe. He wanted to make sure there were no birds caught in there. He let me know things were a little rusty and I should have it rebuilt in order for it to be really safe. If my chimney were inspected then, it would not pass. There honesty was absolutely amazing. In the end, I hired them to replace the parts of my chimney at the very top in order to keep it safe. I paid half before the work started and the other half after they had finished. When they called, they made sure they could come if I wasn't here. I just like the way they ran their business. In the end, it took him about an hour and a half to finish the job. They belong to the BBB, the National Fireplace Institute and are also a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild. He didn't even charge me for my initial inspection which would normally cost $79.00.

-BARBARA W.

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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.

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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 Norwich

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Went well. Work was quick and efficient. Team was careful not to make or leave a mess. Overall a good experience.

- Leigh J.
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Wow, wow, wow! I am not easily impressed when it comes to customer service, but I am fully impressed! From our exchanges in Angie's List, I could tell scheduling would be easy. The office staff member scheduled a day that worked well for me and was able to give me an exact appointment time - not some stupid window I would have to wait around for. The crew was right on time - even a few minutes early - and waited for me to pull in the driveway before they did (I hate when work vehicles block the driveway for lunchtime appointments because then I have to park on the street - so I really appreciated that they waited for me to invite them into the driveway).
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were fantastic! They were very friendly and put on booties while in the home so they didn't make a mess on the floor. They did a very quiet and thorough inspection and cleaned off the gas logs. They put tarps down to protect my home from any mess and left the place spotless.
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are so enthusiastic about the work they do and it put a smile on my face. They were thrilled to give my fireplace a clean bill of health and tell me no additional work was needed to make it safe or operational. Since I'm certainly not going to stick my head in a chimney or know what I'm looking at, it would be easy for a company to lie and have me hire them for a "necessary repair", but they were actually quite pleased with the quality of the fireplace and didn't try to sell me anything or get me to add on a service. They walked me through the use of the fireplace and answered all of my questions. They were very conscious of both the aesthetic aspect and safety aspect and I appreciated that very much. I got to pay with a credit card on the spot (no annoying bill to get later) and they sent me photos of the inspection. The appointment took exactly one hour - just as they'd promised. I could not have asked for anything more from this company!
- William G.
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I had Integrity do some much needed work last fall which included a cleaning, a new liner and a new connector and flu at my furnace. They also replaced missing bricks/mortar and installed a new chimney cap. They did an excellent job at a reasonable price; returned all my calls and showed up at the agreed upon time. And to my amazement; it only took them a few hours to complete all these tasks.


- Frank P.
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They were very efficient, knowledeable, informative and very professional. I would highly recommend their services to others and plan on using them to finish my chimney repairs.
- Anna W.
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After cleaning the chimney they reported the chimney needed repairs adding up to $3,475.00. I said I would get a 2nd opinion & let them know. By end of November I was contacted by B.B. & S. to say they would do it for $3,000. but only If I agreed by Nov 26. Subsequently I had another company, which is also contracted with Angie's, do repairs based on B. B. & S report. They did all for $2,400. With a 10 yr warranty.
- Diane L.
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It went very well. The men who did the job were very pleasant and very good at their jobs.
The job was completed on schedule, and any mess ( not much ) was thoroughly cleaned up.
- Laura L.
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Tore down old chimneys due to leaking in unit. Both chimneys needed to be replaced so we decided to go ahead and get it done.
Both chimneys were torn down to the roof line.
Both chimneys were rebuilt using brick (our building is brick and stucco).
Unused flues were closed off and flues being used were capped.
Looks very nice....More /> While doing this work, they discovered a soft area on on the roof near the chimney that was leaking and are going to come and give me an estimate for that.
Would use them again.
- Belinda S.
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Really well. They were on time, cleaned up after cleaning the chimney and were pleasant guys to deal with. They advised me to go with a wood burning
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as it would be the most economical way to go to get the fireplace back in order and provided me with catalogs of options, but I decided to go with the chimney liner so it could function as a legitimate wood burning fireplace. They came and remeasured, gave me an estimate and we have an appointment for the installation on February 6th. I could not be more pleased.
- MICHAEL H Y.

All Chimney Repair Services in Norwich, NY

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Adamridge Construction

1312 State Route 222
Cortland

All American Builders

19 Ritton St
Sidney

CHIMNEY SOLUTIONS

141 FRONT ST
Vestal

D.G.Handyguy

1 McCall RD
Oxford

Dixon Construction

62 Bennett rd.
Windsor

Isabel Construction

13 Montgomery
Endicott

J's Construction

PO Box 237
Morris

MB Construction & Remodeling

47 Charles Street
Binghamton

United Construction & Remodeling

1874 NYS Route 7
Harpursville

WrightMan Construction Corp

34 Bevier St
Binghamton

Wulfs Chimneys & Venting

136 McCauley Ave
Elmira

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