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"This was an excellent purchase! Im glad I found them through Angies List because the last company I used was horrible at keeping appoinments and setting up appointments" they would call me for sales afterwards. This company was thorough and assisted in providing me with details on what needs to be taken care of. I will use them again.

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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.

-PAUL O.

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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, 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 Irwin

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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 Irwin, PA

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A Capital chimney

6694 State Route 30
Jeannette

A D S Roofing and Home Improvements

1926 Westmont Ave
Pittsburgh

A-Z STONE WORKS

3825 Rebecca St
Pittsburgh

ABSOLUTE CHIMNEY RESTORATION

5834 HOLSING ST
Mckeesport

Adjal Roofing LLC

308 Dunbar Dr
Pittsburgh

Affordable Chimney Sweep

1772 Saxonburg Blvd
Tarentum

AFFORDABLE HOME IMPROVEMENTS

425 Jefferson Ave
Beaver

Allegheny Brick Pointing & Masonry Services

955 S Braddock Ave
Pittsburgh

AMERICAN CONTRACTING COMPANY INC

900 FREDERICKA DR
Pittsburgh

American Home Specialists

13221 Mockingbird ln

American Restoration Services

22 Rutgers Rd
Pittsburgh

Anderson Chimneys Fireplaces Masonry

339 Meade Street
Wilkinsburg

Angelos Painting

416 Houston St
Washington

Banko & Son Remodeling LLC

600 E Francis Ave
Connellsville

Bauer Residential LLC

215 Wheatland Rd
Wexford

Bayside Exteriors

32295 Nassau Rd

BILL SPELL HOME IMPROVEMENT

1129 KARL AVE
Duquesne

Black Knight Chimney Inc

116 Black Knight Ln
Evans City

Black Knight Energy Inc

116 Black Knight Ln
Evans City

Bodenlos Masonry, Inc.

832 Venango Ave
Pittsburgh

Bradley's Roofing

1315 4th Ave
New Brighton

Brian Griggle Exteriors

7905 Saltsburg Rd
Plum

Brian Renne Masonry LLC

300 Ridge Church Rd
Amity

Burns & Scalo Roofing Co Inc

22 Rutgers Rd
Pittsburgh

C & C Home Remodeling

2917 Bethel Church Rd
Bethel Park

Caputo Construction

3000 Clay Pike
Rillton

Carmello Construction LLC

1017 3rd St
Monessen

CENTURY INTERIORS INC

421 ALMAR DR
Pittsburgh

Chris Jackson's Contracting

1575 Vermont Ave
Mckeesport

Chuba Heating & Remodeling Inc

922 E 8th Ave
Homestead

COLAIZZI CONSTRUCTION

4894 Young Dr
Pittsburgh

COMFORT LIVING FIREPLACES INC

8150 OHIO RIVER BLVD
Pittsburgh

Costa Custom Builders, LLC

7711 Kifer Lane
Irwin

Critter Control of Greater Pittsburgh

1647 Butler Plank Rd.
Glenshaw

D & G CHIMNEY SWEEPS

3149 LANDIS ST
Pittsburgh

DAN THE HANDYMAN

919 RANDOLPH AVE.
East Butler

DBR Construction

2764 E Pinconning Rd

DENNIS REMODELING

307 Joseph St
Pittsburgh

Diamond Duct

201 Penn Center Blvd
Pittsburgh

Diamond Duct

201 Penn Center Boulevard Suite 400
Pittsburgh

Door Pro

1540 Petunia St.
Pittsburgh

EAS Roofing

4648 sylvan dr
Allison Park

Elite Contracting

165 carnegie ave.

Exceptional Exteriors and Renovations Inc

2319 1/2 Patterson Ave
Pittsburgh

FAZIO HEATING & COOLING

800 WILKINS AVE
Pittsburgh

Firedex of Pittsburgh

4030 William Flynn Hwy
Allison Park

Fishbro Contracting

302 Crescent Drive
Pittsburgh

FISHER MASONRY CONTRACTING INC

103 W HUTCHINSON AVE
Pittsburgh

Fred Aul Contracting

3541 Ridgewood Dr.
Pittsburgh

George Unger Remodeling

1861 FALLOWFIELD AVE
Pittsburgh

Gorman painting

764 waltz mill rd
Ruffs Dale

Gott's Contracting inc.

11630 North St
Irwin

HAMLERS MODERN MAINTENANCE

862 Monteiro Street

HENKEL CONTRACTING

341 Carpenter Lane
North Huntingdon

HomePride Chimney & Contracting

1531 Ridge Ave.
Braddock

Hoolahan Roofing & Remodeling Company Inc

424 Greenfield Ave
Pittsburgh

HOWELL CRAFT INC

591 SIMPSON HOWELL RD
Elizabeth

Hunt Masonry

314 Estate Lane
Butler

Iron City Mechanical LLC.

703 Monaca Rd
Aliquippa

J. McGrew Incorporated Contractors

70 Redds Mill Road
Charleroi

James A. Plovic

183 Richmore Dr
Verona

James Brandon Construction

1305 Hilda Ave
East Mc Keesport

John Morgan Contracting

203 Comet Court
Johnstown

John Siters Jr. Construction

629 Boggs Ave.
Pittsburgh

JOHNSTON'S CHIMNEY SWEEP

139 MANOR DR
West Newton

Kaiser Construction

1133 Lantz Rd
Avonmore

Keenan's Handyman Service

583 Steel Ave
Hannastown

KO Roofing and Sheet Metal

102 Bridge St
Leechburg

LANSBERRY MASONRY CORP

MCDEVITT ROAD
Sewickley

LEGACY REMODELING INC

3090 W LIBERTY AVE
Pittsburgh

Likar Roofing Co Inc

644 Third Str Rear
North Versailles

Lloyd Anthony Construction Inc.

3125 Willett Rd
Pittsburgh

MAR-LANE EXTERIORS

3112 Siler Drive
Finleyville

MARIANI & RICHARDS INC

2800 LIBRARY RD
Pittsburgh

Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services

7250 Big Beaver Blvd
Beaver Falls

MAZZANT PAINTING

617 17TH ST
Beaver Falls

McNemar Handyman Services

70 Forest Grove rd

Meli Plastering, LLC

345 Unity Center Rd
Pittsburgh

Meredith Home Improvement

2025 Borland Rd
Pittsburgh

Minnick Home Solutions, LLC

409 Beatty Road
Monroeville

Morow's Masonry Restoration

715 Lower Drennen Rd
New Kensington

Mr. Fix It All

482 Greensburg Ave
North Versailles

NATIONAL SURFACE CLEANING CORP

2133 MILLIGAN AVE
Pittsburgh

New Castle Restoration & Masonry Repairs

712 Court Street
New Castle

Nick Hudak Construction

1044 Windermere Dr
Pittsburgh

NICKOS CHIMNEY CO

4097 Rt 30
Latrobe

O'ROURKE ROOFING

1112 WINGATE ST
Pittsburgh

P.A.R.C. Exteriors

3984 Brentwood Road
Pittsburgh

Paff Contractors LLC

470 Teece Ave
Pittsburgh

Patrick Masonry

13070 veronica lane
Irwin

PATTERSON CONSTRUCTION

1698 Lincoln St
New Kensington

Paul Barbieri Stone and Garden

1014 Chislett St
Pittsburgh

PAUL BOOTS & SONS HEATING & ROOFING

108 HILLTOP DR
Ellwood City

Paul Ledonne

234 Patton Dr
Coraopolis

Perry Masonry

695 Park Ave
Pittsburgh

R & R Masonry/Reber Restoration

2457 Bethel Church Rd
Bethel Park

RenovateRite, Inc.

Saltsburg Rd.
Pittsburgh

RICKJOHN INC

4920 Harrison St
Pittsburgh

RM Contracting

1582 Redbarn Ln
Normalville

RMS Contractors LLC

218 Vine St
Connellsville

Rogo's Handyman Service LLC

Rt. 66 & Rt. 380
Apollo

ROOF REPAIR EXPERTS pa11877

1600 skyline dr
Pittsburgh

ROOM 2 ROOM RENOVATIONS/ DEKS REMODELING

2601 Golden Mile Hwy.
Pittsburgh

RUSAK GZESH & ASSOCIATES INC

646 MEMORIAL DR
New Kensington

S & S ROOFING

26734 Peach St

Scott Construction

458 Wendel Rd
Irwin

Shelton Building Associates LLC

4805 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh

Shook Roofing Co.

623 Means Ave.
Pittsburgh

SIFFRINN MASONRY

1050 CLAY PIKE RD
Irwin

Slink's Masonry Inc

276 Murdocksvile Rd
Clinton

SM Improvements

470 Edgewood Rd.
North Versailles

Solid Concrete and Masonry

119 S Graham St
Pittsburgh

Spraguerelli Construction

10 Union Avenue
Pittsburgh

The Healey Company Inc

1234 Sarah St
Pittsburgh

Tri-State Development inc.

3706 5th Ave
North Versailles

Van Ness Construction

1092 State Rte 136
Belle Vernon

WELTE ROOFING

535 MCNEILLY RD
Pittsburgh

Western PA Slate Roofing

495 W Jamestown Rd
Greenville

wilhelm and harvey construction

514 Griffin St
Pittsburgh

WILLIAM FONG ROOFING

125 BUENA VISTA DR
Delmont

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