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"It went well. The initial inspection was quick - a quick glance and he determined the problem. He returned at a later date to insert the new liner, and remove" the debris from the old clay liner. Very satisfied.

-Jim B.

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"The N technician arrived promptly and immediately set to work laying out his drop cloth and equipment, ensuring a" swift and immaculate cleaning of the fireplace. Then, using the chimney sweep equipment, "swept" the chimney flue, examined the damper and even made a few safety recommendations, i.e. a fireproof rug for the hearth. N technicians are always efficient and friendly. I recommend them highly and use their services after every cord of wood is burned.

-linda D.

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The cost will be determined by the type and length and the connection made to the gas furnace. Type of liner is based on the acidic moisture output and the appliance afue rating. Highly efficient appliances will need a stainless alloy liner like AL29-4c which can cost retail $65/ft plus components for connection (another $150) plus labor $70/hr and taxes for 6 inch round. ($58/ft for 5" rd)

Less efficient systems (below 83% afue rating) can utilize aluminum vent pipe that comes as a kit for about $325, plus labor $70/hr. Basic installations can take 3-4 hours.

B-vent connections are commonly used with gas venting infront of connection to the vent or liner.

Most masonry chimneys cannot take the excessive moisture produced from todays high efficient gas systems and are often vented with pvc, by-passing the masonry chimney and exiting outside the foundation. If that is not possible then inserting either a AL49-c stainless or aluminum liner down the terra-cotta flue of the chimney designated for the furnace in order to make a connection at the appliance in the basement or crawl space.

Every system has its own challenges and set backs so average costs can change with install complexity and length of vent.

For further info contact me at Davelamm@classicchimney.com or call 919-782-2879

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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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I don't know if I was taken, but they said major stuff needed to be done.
They said we needed to re-line the chimney because inside it was cracked in a year or two for $2500
New gas logs and stuff $1350.00 I found it on amazon for one half the price
We bought the house one year ago, and my husband reminded me the home inspector ...More said nothing was wrong with the chimney.
I bought chimney sweep but was told I had major problems that would cost me thousands of dollars.
- Regina F.
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was very thorough and helpful. He removed the birds with no incident and also pointed out suggestions for proper chimney maintenance. He installed a new chimney cap and provided paperwork for a warranty I could mail in.
- Jason L.
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The technicians were punctual, did the work quickly and left the place clean. I was very satisfied with the overall service. They clearly explained the results of the inspection.
- Hoshang M.
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was excellent. He was neat, professional, and extremely knowledgeable.
He presented us with a detailed inspection report, including photos. We discussed all of the options and what we might need. As it turns out, we did not need any of the chimneys to be cleaned, so that service was not performed. ...More was able to answer our questions and generated a proposal for us.


- Amy D.
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The gentlemen showed up exactly at the time promised. They brought in all their equipment, as well as tarps to cover the floor and surrounding areas so that there would be as little mess as possible. They did their work quickly, very neatly & were extremely pleasant. They cleaned up the little bit of dust that fell onto the floor, and left no mess ...More at all. I was extremely happy with both their attitudes and work, and would definitely use them again.
- Ellen S.
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gave us a fair estimate of the work, including the chimney, whose sorry state he found unacceptable and unsafe. We agreed on a date and a price and he stuck to both exactly.
My main concerns with having masonry work done were these: it's expensive and we won't be able to tell the difference. Yes, it was expensive ...More in terms of dollar-outlay, but the house looks a thousand times better. And I totally trust the work that they did.
There was minor damage to the interior plaster, but helped us to fix that.
We were very pleased with this work.
- Megan M.
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I gave him a $200 check that he said he would not deposit, but he said preferred they pay with cash when done. He missed the appointment on the Wed Oct. 21st of 2015. He called and said he was sick. He had already deposited the check. was the one who was supposed to do the work, but when the owner came over he on the approx. ...More the 30th he said would not be doing the work. He brought another guy that he said would be doing the work, but that was not the agreement, so I asked him to please send out. He said schedule was too full to put her back on it. He said " works with his head and not his body." When I brought the check up he said you the money after 3 days, even though it was their fault it was longer than that because they canceled. The owner then told me he would give me my money back at the end of the month cause that's when he does his bookkeeping. He has not responded to me at all since.
- Grisele W.
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We have owned our house for seven years and have never had the chimney cleaned, so when Angie's list had a special offer we took advantage of it. A1 had good ratings with Angie's - but we didn't know what to expect. As promised, we were called the night before the appointment to confirm. I didn't get home from work until after 8 ...More p.m., but called anyway, expecting to leave a message. Nope, someone answered the phone (not a 'service' either - someone who could actually confirm my appointment) and we confirmed details.
The next morning, Bill called 30 minutes before arriving (as I was told he would do). He showed up, was friendly, put on booties, and examined the chimney on the inside. We shared that the last time we lit a fire, the smoke backed up into the room, and he immediately asked if we had had new windows or sliding glass doors installed (which we had). He explained that there was a pressure equalization issue and told us how to potentially fix it. He then grabbed a ladder and he and his colleague cleaned the chimney. They were in and out in 20 minutes or so - and left no indication at all that they had even been in the house.
They were smart, nice and knowledgeable, as well as being priced right. We're very satisfied!


- Dahlia H.

Chimney Repair Services in Irwin, PA

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1HBG Contracting LLC

131 Lea St
Munhall

A Capital chimney

6694 State Route 30
Jeannette

A D S Roofing and Home Improvements

1926 Westmont Ave
Pittsburgh

A Preferred Restoration

150 Lake Dr
Wexford

A-1 Installation

1367 Route 981
Latrobe

A-Z STONE WORKS

3825 Rebecca St
Pittsburgh

A.N.C Masonry

424 belonda st

ABSOLUTE CHIMNEY RESTORATION

5834 HOLSING ST
Mckeesport

AFFORDABLE HOME IMPROVEMENTS

425 Jefferson Ave
Beaver

ALWAYS PERFECT CONTRACTING INC

1168 Camarta Dr
Pittsburgh

AMERICAN CONTRACTING COMPANY INC

900 FREDERICKA DR
Pittsburgh

American Home Specialists

13221 Mockingbird ln

American Restoration Services

22 Rutgers Rd
Pittsburgh

ANG Development

333 blvd of the allies
Pittsburgh

Angelos Painting

416 Houston St
Washington

ARC Contracting

218 Burdine Ave
Pittsburgh

Arnold's Exteriors LLC.

445 St. Joseph St.

Arts Stone Masonry, Co.

1826 Chestnut Ridge Drive
Pittsburgh

Banko & Son Remodeling LLC

600 E Francis Ave
Connellsville

Bauer Residential LLC

215 Wheatland Rd
Wexford

Besseck Construction

3209 Liberty Way
Mckeesport

BILL SPELL HOME IMPROVEMENT

1129 KARL AVE
Duquesne

Black Knight Energy Inc

116 Black Knight Ln
Evans City

Bodenlos Masonry, Inc.

832 Venango Ave
Pittsburgh

Brian Renne Masonry LLC

300 Ridge Church Rd
Amity

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 Ln
Irwin

Critter Control of Greater Pittsburgh

1647 Butler Plank Rd.
Glenshaw

Cron Masonry Pointing and Repair

949 14 the street
Monaca

Custom Contracting

Lower Burrell

D&B Construction LLC

715 McMasters Avenue
Wilkins Township

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

Dutchy's Quality Restoration

38 Loretta Street
Latrobe

EAS Roofing

Walters Rd.
Allison Park

FAZIO HEATING & COOLING

800 WILKINS AVE
Pittsburgh

Firedex of Pittsburgh

4030 William Flynn Hwy
Allison Park

Fishbro Contracting

302 Crescent Drive
Pittsburgh

Fred Aul Contracting

3541 Ridgewood Dr.
Pittsburgh

George Unger Remodeling

1861 FALLOWFIELD AVE
Pittsburgh

Gerhard Contracting

224 widmer Ave

Giza General Contracting Group

429 Meridan St
Pittsburgh

Gorman painting

764 waltz mill rd
Ruffs Dale

Gott's Contracting inc.

11630 North St
Irwin

Gregor Construction

740 Churchill Road
Finleyville

HAMLERS MODERN MAINTENANCE

862 Monteiro Street

Handyman of South Hills

208 Orchard Park Drive
Bethel Park

HENKEL CONTRACTING

341 Carpenter Lane
North Huntingdon

HomePride Chimney & Contracting

1531 Ridge Ave.
Braddock

Honeydo Construction

221 6th Avenue
New Kensington

Hronas Modern Renovations

436 Jacobson drive
Brentwood

Hunt Masonry

314 Estate Lane
Butler

Iron City Mechanical LLC.

703 Monaca Rd
Aliquippa

J & J Construction

2114 Lehigh Street
Pittsburgh

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 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

Kelly Enterprise

90 W Steuben Street Box 4541
Pittsburgh

KO Roofing & Sheet Metal

102 Bridge St
Leechburg

LaBelle Homes Inc.

112 Sunrise Lane
Venetia

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

Mark Funk Masonry Maintenance

702 Pittsburgh Street
Scottdale

Mason's Mark Stone Veneer

119 ICMI Road
Dunbar

Matthews Wall Anchor & Waterproofing Services

7250 Big Beaver Blvd
Beaver Falls

MAZZANT PAINTING

617 17TH ST
Beaver Falls

MB Remodeling, LLC.

2704 Ventana Drive
Coraopolis

McNemar Handyman Services

70 Forest Grove rd

Meli Plastering, LLC

345 Unity Center Rd
Pittsburgh

Meredith Home Improvement

2025 Borland Rd
Pittsburgh

MINCIN INSULATION SERVICE INC

289 BALDWIN RD
Pittsburgh

Minnick Home Solutions LLC

409 Beatty Rd
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

Nick Hudak Construction

1044 Windermere Dr
Pittsburgh

O'Rourke Roofing

1112 Wingate St
Pittsburgh

On Point Restoration & Masonry Repairs

3112 Wild Grape Road
New Castle

P.A.R.C. Exteriors

3984 Brentwood Road
Pittsburgh

Paff Contractors LLC

470 Teece Ave
Pittsburgh

Patrick Masonry

13070 veronica lane
N.Huntingdon

PATTERSON CONSTRUCTION

1698 Lincoln St
New Kensington

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

R.J. Dick Contractors

1531 Ridge Ave

Regenerative Restoration

28 Elizabeth St
Pittsburgh

Reinshagen Construction

18 River Road
Pittsburgh

RenovateRite, Inc.

Saltsburg Rd.
Pittsburgh

RM Contracting

1582 Redbarn Ln
Normalville

Roof Repair Experts

1600 Skyline Dr
Pittsburgh

ROOM 2 ROOM RENOVATIONS/ DEKS REMODELING

2601 Golden Mile Hwy.
Pittsburgh

ROYAL ROOF & GUTTER

1731 walnut street
Carnegie

RUSAK GZESH & ASSOCIATES INC

646 MEMORIAL DR
New Kensington

S & S ROOFING

26734 Peach St

Scott Construction

458 Wendel Rd
Irwin

Shook Roofing Co.

623 Means Ave.
Pittsburgh

SIFFRINN MASONRY

1050 CLAY PIKE RD
Irwin

Slinks 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 Roof & Driveway Medics,LLC

289 Palma St.
N Versailles

Three Rivers Handyman Services,LLC

3942 Willow Ave
Pittsburgh

Three Rivers Property Management, LLC

6 Market Square
Pittsburgh

Tri State Development Inc

3706 5th Ave
North Versailles

Unique roofing & paving

528 Chestnut Street
Carnegie

WELTE ROOFING

535 MCNEILLY RD
Pittsburgh

wilhelm and harvey construction

514 Griffin St
Pittsburgh

WILLIAM FONG ROOFING

125 BUENA VISTA DR
Delmont

Yates Contracting

Po Box 27056
Pittsburgh

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