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"We needed the chimney cleaned. We also have a new leak coming from the chimney on our second floor. We set up an appointment and they came today to do the work." They were on time, careful to cover things up, and cleaned everything before they left. Very professional job. Because of the snow they could not get up to see what was causing the leak from the chimney. We made an appointment for them to return in March to do that. I am not sure if we will use them to complete the repair. They attempted to sell us a stainless steel liner for our fireplace at a cost of $5,000. If the chimney repair is anything like price that we'll have to get several more bids. We have no interest in lining the chimney. We have a gas fireplace and there's no need for that.

-FLORENCE Z.

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"We renovated our house and needed a good amount of masonry work done. We were replacing 1 wall of brick with natural stone, repairing around a new window &" door as well as
pointing several cracks in the mortar throughout the house. I asked
for an estimate after getting 2 estimates that varied greatly in price (one was over $16k). He came out quickly and his bid was in the same range as the other bid and he was able to start the work the following week (which fit into our tight time frame). When it came to selecting the natural stone, he was familiar with the 2 stones we had selected to mix and offered a recommendation to not mix the stone and just use the one for a variety of reasons. The resulting stone is a great match for the house and we are extremely happy with how it looks. His crew was out and did a great job and kept the yard clean each day (cleaner than some of the "interior" contractors did). They worked quickly and did a great job.

-Traci P.

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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)
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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 Hershey

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I decided to purchase the Big deal for a chimney sweep that
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& Chimney Repair had available, and boy am I glad that I did!
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arrived on time, was very professional and personable.
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did an amazing job of cleaning my chimney and left no mess after the job was done.
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did do a safety inspection and showed me photographs and reviewed additional repairs that were needed. I would definitely recommend
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& Chimney Repair and use them again for future repairs. If you are looking for an honest, professional chimney sweep, look no further!
- Carrie W.
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Excellent job, arrived within 30 minutes of the original phone call, awesome!~
was detail and professional~
- Azad A.
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They did a very nice job. My fireplace looked like new. I had some trouble with the pilot light and now it works really well. They were very prompt. I have had them out since then to replace a chimney cap. I will use them again.
- Kathleen W.
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Very neatly, all in professional manner - workers went right to work - no loafing. Foreman polite and instructive - anxious to explain process. Very pleased with job done.
- Donald C.
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Overall the job went very well.
The estimator was on time and thorough. He also did the work once the new cap was available.
Amber, the office manager, worked with me to understand the type of cap we needed and I even visited the office to see a visual in person so I would have an idea of how the house would look with it installed. She was absolutely terrific all the way through.
The install and firebrick work went well. My chimney is tall and hard to reach, even from the roof, so leveling the cap required a longer ladder. They sent someone out 3 days later to do the final orientation and it looks great!
As a favor to me, when the installer wire brushed moss off the top of the chimney he added a moss treatment I provided to thoroughly
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This is the second time I have used the company and I will use them again.

- WILL D.
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Needed a new liner. Superior made sure I had pictures of every step of the way particularly nice because of roof location. Neat and informative.
- nancy B.
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We bought this service through a deal on Angie's List on a Thursday evening. By Friday midday, we had already scheduled the service for Saturday morning. They were on-time, very professional, and efficient. I would highly recommend them.
- Collin S.
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was efficient, professional and thorough. they did a fantastic job explaining things and did not try to up sell us.
- DAVID & ALECIA W.

All Chimney Repair Services in Hershey, PA

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A N AB Meyer Co

135 Abbeyville Rd
Pittsburgh

A+ Masonry Restorations LLC

237 E Ross St
Lancaster

Above The Peak Chimney Services

894 hidden hollow drive

ADP Masonry Restoration

810 Hummel Ave
Lemoyne

Allen Building Systems, Inc.

5698 Gingrich Road
Hershey

Allied Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.

340 Pleasant View Rd
New Cumberland

Anderson's Chimney Sweeps Inc

601 Walnut Alley
New Cumberland

Austin's Remodeling

10 Shirley Lane
Lititz

Bahret Church Interiors, Inc.

135 North Fairview Ave
Harrisburg

Bakers Fire Water Mold Restoration

301 N red school Road
Morgantown

Battlefield Hearth & Solar

2031 York Rd
Gettysburg

Bob Sheetz Roofing & Siding Co., LLC

4701 Earl Dr.
Harrisburg

Brandt's Custom Builders

Paradise rd.
Duncannon

Brookline Builders Inc

1630 Millersville Pike
Lancaster

BRUBAKER BROTHERS

2001 SHEAFFER RD
Elizabethtown

Bulloch Contracting

100 Coventry Cross Rd
Mount Wolf

Burkholder Home Repair

P.O. Box 2301
Martindale

C & V Slate & Copper

18 Earl Ln
Lititz

C.E. Grove Property Consultant

1220 Wheatland Ave.
Lancaster

Capital Choice Home Repair & Remodel

1550 Williams Grove rd lot #146
Mechanicsburg

Century Spouting Co

2147 S Market St
Elizabethtown

CHIMNEY SWEEP SYSTEMS INC

PO BOX 1067
Carlisle

COLDSMITH ROOFING INC

Rear 134 E. Water St.
Gettysburg

Commonwealth Chimney Sweeps

6059 Allentown Blvd
Harrisburg

Cornerstone Construction, LLC

122 E Queen Street, Suite 1
Chambersburg

Deitzel Brothers

1325 N West St
Carlisle

DePalma Construction Inc

29 Tannery Rd
Dillsburg

DWH Masonry Services

3271 Trinity Rd
Harrisburg

ELLIS WILDLIFE PEST CONTROL

1455 CONEWAGO CREEK RD
Manchester

Encore Roofing LLC

2566 Keystone Wy
Newport

Erik's Clean Sweep

Elizabethtown

Evans Quality Roofing Inc.

20 Claystone Road
York

Ferree's Maintenance and Repair

30 Windsor Acres
Windsor

Five Star Contracting llc.

3825 Bonnymeade Circle
Harrisburg

Four Phase Construction

274 Hillcrest Road
Camp Hill

Gangloff Roofing Inc

5165 Lincoln Hwy W
Thomasville

General Contractors

3485 N. 3rd St.
Harrisburg

Gutter One Construction Services LLC

3631 Middleboro Rd
Dover

handyman specialist

292 n muddycreek rd

Heinly III Masonry LLC

275 Cumberland Parkway
Mechanicsburg

HOME ONE HOME IMPROVEMENTS

2600 LITITZ PIKE
Lancaster

Home Remedies Inc.

428 N. George Street
York

iFoam Roofing & Insulation Spray Foam

1630 MANHEIM PIKE
Lancaster

Imes Construction LLC

8980 Carlisle Rd
Wellsville

J & J HOME IMPROVEMENTS

1528 DEVERS RD
York

J&K Home Improvements

952 Church St.
Mount Joy

James Robert Development Corp.

930 Red Rose Ct
Lancaster

JOHN K GARVEY MASONRY / Restoration

17 Clayton Ave
Lancaster

Joyland Roofing LLC

2348 Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster

LANCASTER SEAMLESS GUTTERS

1180 Sheep Hill Rd
New Holland

M&M Restoration

Harrisburg

Mabius Masonry

7 Barrick dr
Duncannon

Madrigale Masonry LLC

602 El Hatco Drive
Temple

McCarren Supply

50 N Spring Garden St
Carlisle

MICHAEL HOON

25 KING DR
Carlisle

morret construction

2 albert lane

Mr Fix It Network

3000 Greenwood St
Harrisburg

Pawling Masonry Inc

1299 Kinderhook Rd
Columbia

Property Service

116 reo ave
Lancaster

R D Hackman & Sons

360 W Bainbridge St
Elizabethtown

RANDY A BRADY MASONRY

2800 BLACK ROCK RD
Hanover

RANDY INCH MASONRY

16 COON CREEK RD
Palmyra

Romasco Masonry

Morgantown

Scott Danner Home Improvements

21 Kim Acres Dr.
Mechanicsburg

Scott Roofing

720 Rowe Ln
Harrisburg

Smith Exteriors

505 Carol St
New Cumberland

Stone Artisans

203 Burd Coleman Rd
Lebanon

T&T MASONRY

225 WEST STATE STREET
Quarryville

tate services

Lancaster

Tharp Masonry Restoration

1300 Fern Rd
Harrisburg

The Village Green

420 W. Grant St.
Lancaster

Theodore Z Myers

445 N Walnut St
Dallastown

Tyson's Landscaping & Maintenance

10919 Oak Ridge Ave
Red Lion

UGI Heating Cooling & Plumbing

2221 Sycamore St
Harrisburg

UGI Heating Cooling & Plumbing

201 W Roseville Rd
Lancaster

Western Reserve Exteriors

516 E. Lancaster
Downingtown

Winblood Construction

14 Pine St
Harrisburg

winblood construction

14 Pine St
Harrisburg

Your Chimney Sweep

PO Box 479
Mechanicsburg

Zimmerman Exteriors Inc

2 Echo Valley Dr
Ephrata

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