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"he owner came to our house and gave us an oral estimate for repointing our brick chimney and brick steps. We should have asked for a written estimate, because we" weren't on the same page regarding what was covered for repointing our front steps. We thought repointing meant replacing all of the mortar/point in the steps, but only a small part of the point was replaced. The original service took place in October. We called to address the problems with the steps and asked them complete the work. We had to wait over a month for them to come back. When they finally did come back, it was too late in the season for the point to cure correctly on our brick steps and now the point has cracked over the winter. Both of the service people who completed the work in October and November were professional and arrived promptly, but even the person who came the second time commented on the many places where the point was still cracked and that the job done by his colleague was incomplete. We gave a grade of C on responsiveness because although phone calls were answered promptly, we had to go to the bottom of the waiting list to have the job completed correctly.

-Katy C.

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came initially in January to do a Level 2 inspection and noted the things that needed to be done when the weather got warmer. Had the work" done last week. He is was punctual, professional, knowledgeable and friendly. He took the time to explain what needed fixing; how it all works; and more importantly, how to keep caring for the fireplace/chimney moving forward. His crew were equally friendly & professional. They were careful to protect the flooring and good clean up afterwards. I will be calling them again in the future for on going maintenance.

-Andrea C.

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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.

Parts of your chimney
Chimney Repair

Here are the basic components of a chimney. Be sure to ask your contractor for details about any special consideration in your chimney's setup.

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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.

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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 Bethlehem

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Punctual, efficient, effective, kind. We were instructed on how to protect and gradually strengthen the fire box part so it could withstand the flames without cracking. The instructions were useful and easy to follow. We are moving and had this work done to prepare for renters. We will be using
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to inspect our new fireplace as well.
- Robyn B.
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gave us a free estimate to replace our chimney lining as well as to replace our dryer vents from a soft line to a rigid line. He was very honest about what work needed to be prioritized, and what we could get away living with for another few years. He also gave us some tips on work we could do ourselves to tide us over. He was very knowledgable and spent a lot of time explaining everything so I could understand. While we might not be using him immediately, we will definitely think of him in the future thanks to his honesty and professionalism.
- Sean R.
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No problems. They made an appointment for as soon as the stainless steel liner would arrive and kept it! my only concern: did I need stainless steel, which costs 4 times as much as aluminum. Another firm said I did not but I had already agreed and put in a down payment.
Now I'm waiting to see if my heating bills have gone down.


- Sharon S.
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and his crew were great. they were definitely professional and knew their stuff. we just bought the house, and the old
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wasn't working well, and
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told us exactly why....the previous owners hadn't maintained their chimney at all, and had no piping up the flu either. the new
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they installed for us works very efficiently and has provided us with quite a bit of warmth throughout this cold winter in the lower hudson valley. we would highly recommend their services for any chimney related needs you may have. they even did some masonry work for us by laying some blue stone in front of the
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to get everything up to code.
- jonathan H.
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they did not force a hyper expensive resolution to what was found. they explained things very well. extremely knowledgeable in their subject area. very professional in interactions, kept things very clean behind them.
- Tannous F.
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I have used them in the past and they were great. This time round not so. The person who I spoke to initially and said he would do the work said he would clean out the ash trap for me and check on my other house that he did work at previously. Another guy turned up without notice to do the work. The office said they were done with the job and asked for full payment, I noticed the ash trap wasn't emptied. When I asked the office about it I was told there would be an substantial additional charge. I declined and paid their invoice. The first week of spring they turned up again. My security cameras showed them finishing work on the roof months after they said the work was done. When I enquired why their van was there they didn't respond. If you do go with this company get everything in writing and don't pay them a cent until you get a ladder and verify they have completed the job.
- Kirstie K.
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came out quickly to fix a leak in our chimney. He diagnosed the problem and made a temporary fix to stop the leak and then returned in nicer weather to complete the job.
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was very thorough and even helped repair a general drainage issue that had contributed to our leak in the first place. The price he quoted was what we paid and it was less than other's quoted for less work.
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was a pleasure to work with and we will call him again if we have future needs. .
- Larry L.
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performed a chimney sweep of our wood burning fire place.
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the owner performed the sweep as expected. The issues we had was not necessary with the service performed, but how he treated my wife. He rushed my wife to hurry and write him a check because he was late to another apptinment, eventhough he was under the 1.5 hour of time he allotted for the job. As he proceeds to rush my wife to write the check, he says that he visually spotted a flue line crack near the top of the chimney and that it was unsafe to use the chimney. He was insistant that we promise not to use the chimney and that it would take addtional $1000s of dollars to repair. (tear down and rebuild) He recommended a chimscan to verify. I visually inspected the top from the top of the chimney and saw no indication of such a crack. I spoke with him regarding this and all of the sudden it wasn't such and urgent matter any longer. In would not recommend the service provider due to integrity.
- Dawn K.

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360RENOVATE

246 E. Wall st
Bethlehem

A&M ROOFING

Allentown

A+ Masonry Restorations LLC

237 E Ross St
Lancaster

Abzolute Enterprizez

138 Autumn Ln
Jim Thorpe

Agron Construction

10154 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia

aj's home services

1668 Cardinal Dr
Bethlehem

Alan Kunsman Roofing & Siding Inc

203 Washington St
Freemansburg

Allphase Concrete LLC

2610 Liberty St.
Easton

ALLSYSTEMSOLAR Heating,Cooling,Plumbing,Electric

1251 Lodi Hill Rd
Upper Black Eddy

Amato Roofing

2399 Rowe Ln
Bethlehem

AMERICAN EAGLE 1 INC CHIMNEY SERVICE

103 Nuss Rd
Bechtelsville

Anytime Todd'S Chimney Sweep

1755 Brookside Rd
Macungie

Armaco Construction, Inc.

729 W. Oxford Street
Coopersburg

ASHES AWAY CHIMNEY & HVAC

2430 FOX RUN
Riegelsville

Bartha's General Contracting

5321 w. tilghman st.
Allentown

Beecroft Bros Construction

3650 Nazareth Pike
Bethlehem

Beecroft bros construction co

3650 Narareth pike
Bethlehem

BEERS & ASSOC

122 E STATE ST
Coopersburg

Benjamin J. Kerrick

720 Berger Rd
Easton

Brannagh Masonry LLC

215 Klein Rd
Bath

Clayton's Concrete Service LLC

15459 Kutztown Rd
Kutztown

CM Contracting

2330 Easton Avenue
Bethlehem

Complete Chimney Service

RR 2 Box 2376
Factoryville

Corner Stone Gardens LLC

1109 Colmar Ave
Easton

Cornerstone Industrial Services

PO Box 190
Bowmanstown

DeLeon Excavating & Construction

2140 Saucon Ave
Bethlehem

DETRICKS CHIMNEY SERVICE

RR 6 BOX 6216A
Stroudsburg

Devine Escapes

402 Eastbrook Road
Effort

Didyoung Masonry and Tile

35 Pine Needle Drive
Lehighton

DPA Contracting

1573 Sheridan Rd.
Coopersburg

Ed Colon Masonry & General Contracting

290 W. Bishop Hollow Rd.
Media

G Contracting LLC

501 Race Street Rear
Catasauqua

General Home Maintenance Inc

P.O. Box 92
Bethlehem

Holencik Roofing

113 N Front St
Coplay

Hot Shot Cleaning

29 S 2nd St
Coplay

Inside-Out Building & Remdlng

662 White Bear Rd
Birdsboro

Integrated Property Solutions Co

5208 Hoffman Dr S
Schnecksville

Interstate Ventilation

859 Willard Street

JC Masonry

958 Buttonwood St
Emmaus

JG Plastering LLC

501 Race Street Rear
Catasauqua

Jina Construction

4926 Buckeye Road
Emmaus

John M Shinn Roofing LLC

226 Greenwood Dr.
Blakeslee

Kovacs Roofing & General Contractors

829 Laible St.
Bethlehem

Kuntz Kunstruction

10 trexler road
Kempton

Lifetime Concrete LLC

826 Hoch Road
Danielsville

Madrigale Masonry LLC

602 El Hatco Drive
Temple

Mark J Fisher Roofing and Siding LLC

203 S W End Blvd
Quakertown

Mast Roofing & Construction, Inc.

310 Covered Bridge Rd
Oley

Meenan

113 Main St
Bristol

MICHAEL MATTHEWS CONSTRUCTION

PO BOX 189
New Berlinville

Mint Construction

763 Williams Avenue
Walnutport

Moyer and Jones Construction

44 S 12th St
Quakertown

MR JOE'S CHIMNEY SWEEP SERVICE

125 ROBERT DR
Allentown

One Stop Remodeling LLC.

2571 Nazareth Rd.
Easton

P J Masonry

7705 Bake Oven Road
Germansville

Paul Wright Contracting Inc

1531 Eaton Ave
Bethlehem

Penn Contractors Inc.

419 Dalton St.
Emmaus

Petro Home Services

650 Knowles Ave
Southampton

Petro Home Services

4025 Pottsville Pike
Reading

Petro Home Services

1701 Sherman Ave

Petro Home Services

6330 Farm Bureau Rd
Allentown

Premier Siding & Roofing

2457 Perkiomen Avenue
Reading

R&D Heating

PO Box 103
Tatamy

R&D HOFFMAN MASONRY RESTORATION

189 FIVEPOINTS RD
Mertztown

Rasieleski Construction Co

133 S Washington
Taylor

RESTORATION SERVICES, LLC

5815 Locust Valley Road
Coopersburg

Roofing By Bruce Inc

PO Box 324
East Stroudsburg

S.M.D. MASONRY

53 E. Garrison St

Safe & Warm Chimney Service

1824 Gerard Ave
Allentown

Schnellman Masonry Inc.

PO Box 87
Breinigsville

Schuler Service Inc

1314 Tilghman St
Allentown

SCOTT WANAMAKER INC

8754 BROWN ST
Slatington

Stauffer Construction Inc

145 Limekiln Rd
Bechtelsville

Steve's Remodeling & Handyman Services LLC

1638 Packer Ave
Philadelphia

Ted's Roofing

2774 eckerts ln
Bath

UGI Heating Cooling & Plumbing

2121 City Line Rd
Bethlehem

UGI Heating Cooling & Plumbing

2221 Sycamore St
Harrisburg

UGI Heating Cooling & Plumbing

225 Morgantown Rd
Reading

Unique Mechanical Services

1020 Monroe St
Bethlehem

viscomi contracting

810 Sheridan Dr
Easton

Warner Contracting

1612 Beaumont Ave
Temple

Wentz Hardware Inc

225 Main St
Emmaus

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