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"Provider stated on phone they knew how to do service gas fireplaces. They just did a quick cleaning that I could have done myself, and had no idea how to service" or repair the fireplace. I knew as much about gas fireplaces as them. Although I do have to say, they were polite and professional, which is more than most contractor types I have dealt with. For me, I wasted my money and need a qualified gas fireplace professional out there, I won't use a chimney sweep next time. However, they might be ok for just a chimney cleaning.

-Kevin S.

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"They arrived right on time and the stonemason got to work. He worked from nine to 4 on my house. He did a nice job on both sides of the house and the chimney and" cleaned up. I would recommend this company to anyone who needs
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How to Avoid Chimney Repair Scams

Scams lure homeowners via solicitations, door-to-door sales pitches and ads offering too-good-to-be-true prices.

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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.

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Industry experts recommend an annual inspection and cleaning as needed, generally every year or two depending on how much use the fireplace gets.

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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 La Porte

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Took longer to complete due to having to make a chimney cap onsite.
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pointing was good but lintel settings were not as expected. You could not expect nicer, more polite workmen. They document all their work with digital photos. I would use them again.
- STUART H.
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We had
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here to inspect our two failing chimneys. We custom built our home in '05 and 7 years later our chimneys started falling apart. They were on time for the inspection and
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? were extremely personable and professional. They ended up doing some minor interior repairs while they were here and the price was reasonable. They, however, had to return to do the exterior chimney inspection as they needed to use an 80' (I think 80) lift in order to get to the top of my very tall, stone and stucco, chimneys. I was not a fan of spending an additional $2,500 for the rental of the lift but it had to be done. Once again it was
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here to do the inspection and I was very happy about that. To say that having to rebuild both of my chimneys from (approx.) the roof-line up was stressful, is an understatement...but it was my builders fault and we now had to fix their mistakes before my chimneys fell over and killed someone. As stressful and as expensive as this process was to rebuild my chimneys ($37,000 rebuild, $42,000 overall),
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was extremely easy and highly professional to work with.
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, who is the head honcho over at SC, was extremely personable and will explain in great detail everything you need or want to know about chimneys, he was a pleasure to work with. After custom building our home, I've worked with many of the trades and unfortunately know firsthand what it's like to deal with the losers out there. So when I say these guys are amazing, I know what I'm talking about. During the rebuild, Marcio,
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, were here every day (6 days a week) starting between 8:30 & 9:00am and didn't leave until 7 or 8pm. I couldn't have asked for a better crew! They were fantastic!! I, seriously, have never seen anyone work as hard as these guys did! When you have people here every day, all day, they become like family and we certainly shared quite a few laughs. I also felt the need to show these guys how appreciative I was for all they were doing for me by supplying lunch on Fridays and baking cookies on Tuesdays ;). Another great thing they did was take tons of pictures during every process (daily) and then email them to me - it was fascinating to see all the details of the interior and exterior of both chimneys. What a process! They started ahead of schedule and finished ahead of schedule and I couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. I will definitely have them back on a yearly basis for inspections, cleaning, or whatever is needed. And when they return I will have my infamous lemon cake cookies waiting for them ;)
- PAULA C.
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They did a great job at adding gutters and down spouts. They were informative and personable. They also finished repairing our bay window by adding new shingles and replacing portions that were rotten.
- Mark G.
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NoT well Did not like how it was cleaned in the house.....left smelly soot in house Worhers said I needed cap on chimmney on roof gave me 2000 estimate Later that day i Found cap on my deck I called they returned and put it on"........it's on but crooked No one knows what happen..how cap got off. How cap showed on my deck
- gloria T.
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I sent an email through Angies to request an estimate.
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got back to me soon after, stopped by my house to view the chimney and sent an estimate soon after. Their bid was competitive and, with plenty of good reviews here in Angies, so I accepted their bid. A date was scheduled for the work. It was rescheduled once due to weather setbacks. The workers started setup the day before; they arrived early on the day of the work and got right to it. I was happy that my foundation bushes were covered and protected. The work was completed mostly in one day. The area was nicely cleaned up. They matched the brick really well and I am very pleased with their work. It went very smoothly.
- Mary Lou B.
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The representative was very professional but the price was way too much.
If I was unable to install the cover I probably would have researched with at least two other estimates.
The price uninstalled seemed reasonable to their estimated price as installed.

- David A L.
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Project – build walkway from driveway to front porch. Very poor quality, slap job. They poured concrete right on top of dirt – no excavation into the ground, no gravel. Several stepping stones from previous sidewalk got half buried in concrete and sticking out from the side. The drain pipe was placed on a surface in shallow ditch (not even covered), where it was agreed should have been buried 3 feet into the ground. It looks like an eye sore sticking 4 inches above ground. Left construction garbage and lots of clean up for me to do. The list can go on and on. And even this poor job has not been finished, they promised to come back, but never did. It is not just bad, it is horrible. I feel deeply scammed. I was so outraged, I decided to give it a month to cool off before leaving comments.
- VICTOR K.
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Some of the information regarding the repairs that they wer discussing was conflicting with the boiler function (it is a shared chimney). I got the feeling that the recommended repairs were not necessary - over 2 years later - it is still working fine with no issues.....
- Thomas O.

Chimney Repair Services in La Porte, TX

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A S A P Roofing Inc

5018 B Antonie
Houston

ABC Restoration Inc

1106 Carby Rd
Houston

All Seasons Chimney Sweep Inc.

10603 Brentway Drive
Houston

All Star Construction Inc

13110 T C Jester Blvd
Houston

Alliance Roofing Company LLC

4301 Magnolia St
Pearland

Allspann Construction Services

119 Magnolia Blvd
Magnolia

Allstar Chimney Sweep

400 Collingsworth Street
Houston

ARS American Roofing Solutions LLC.

2450 Louisiana St.
Houston

ASPEN CONTRACTING INC

12763 CAPRICORN ST
Stafford

Avarys Construction

14734 Country Rose Lane

Bath & Tile Restoration

10811 Bissonnet St
Houston

Battle Plumbing Company

741 w 1462 s
Rosharon

Bay Area Chimney Sweep

10623 North P Street
La Porte

Bay Area Roofers

1921 County Rd 129 FM 2351
Pearland

Best Bid Construction

213 W Southmore
Pasadena

Best Crew Roofing

12426 Nicholson Rd
Conroe

Boyd Construction Co

3119 watercastle Ct
League City

Brennan Enterprises Inc

2100 East Randol Mill Road
Arlington

Brick Magic

3030 Nech Ranch Rd
Granbury

Brick Restoration Inc

8830 Emnora Ln
Houston

Burnette Construction

22620 Loop 494 Ste.B
Kingwood

Campise Custom Builders

618 White Oak Pointe
League City

Chim-Chimneys Inc

830 W Main St
League City

Chimney & Wildlife Specialists

5706 E. Mockingbird Ln
Dallas

Custom Masonry

6215 Cool Springs Dr
Arlington

Design Construction

5406 Shirley St
Baytown

Doherty Painting and Home Repair

22860 Mersey Ct.
Porter

Dragon's Fireplace

12720 Brant Rock
Houston

Flagstone Roofing & Exteriors LLC

2437 Bay Area Blvd
Houston

GHR General Contracting LLC

15910 Elwood Dr
Houston

Giada Construction, LLC

1809 San Joaquin
Friendswood

GK Tools

909 Silber
Houston

GRACE CONSTRUCTION

1520 Briar Cliff St
Conroe

Greater Texas Builders

9406 Meaux Dr
Houston

GreenXs

Friendswood

Guardian Chimney Sweep

9836 Finch Ct
Conroe

Handy1st

104 N Deerfoot Circle
The Woodlands

Handyman Nico

2807 Quail Run Drive
Humble

Higher Standard Construction

10455 Briar Forest Dr
Houston

Holt Handyman

9438 Pinole Dr
Houston

Houston Painting & Remodeling

323 E Palm St
Fresno

HoustonHandyman.com

PO Box 7267
Houston

Ideal Roofing LLC

9535 Clay Rd
Houston

Indian Head Firewood

1499 N Post Oak Rd
Houston

Integrity Contractors & Developers LLC

15201 East Freeway
Channelview

Integrity Roofing and Restoration

10909 Sabo rd.
Houston

J and S Enterprise

1406 Lost Ridge Circle
Seabrook

J P Roofing N Gutters

5707 Addicks Satsuma Rd
Houston

J&J Builders

13743 FM 1409
Dayton

J.C. Construction

8921 Megan dr.
Needville

John Ray McGaugh Handyman Services

550 Dogwood Rd
Cleveland

Jon Wright Industries

1915 Peters Rd
Irving

JR WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION SPECIALISTS

6326 TORRANCE ELMS CT
Katy

Kenny's Home Improvements

17702 Windy Point Dr
Spring

Kilted Handyman

1211 hyde park blvd
Houston

LAURENT CO

2301 UNDERWOOD RD
La Porte

Live Oak Construction

7901 Hall Rd
Houston

Lone Star Construction

4702 Old Spanish Trail
Houston

Lone Star Contractors

PO Box 481
Simonton

Lords Chimney

9539 Town Park Dr
Houston

M & H Construction Services LLC

24538 Sawgrass Meadow Ln
Katy

Mars Roofing & Exteriors Inc

2734-C Charles Ln
Sugar Land

Master Services, Inc.

6001 Darlinghurst Dr
Houston

Mazoch Masonry

6500 West 43rd St, #1121

Nature's Own Pest Control

8711 Burnet Rd.
Austin

NB Contractors Inc

PO Box 941804
Houston

New Horizons Roofing Specialists (NHRS)

3528 1/2 E Broadway St
Pearland

O'Connor Construction Inc.

4009 Avenue S
Galveston

Oleander

PO Box 580186
Houston

Precision Roof Crafters, Inc.

3919 Jeanetta St
Houston

PRO Construction & Mechanical Svcs LLC

16202 Lochness St
Rosharon

Property Crafter

1000 Main St
Houston

Quest Design and Construction

7617 Wedgewood
Houston

Revelation Construction, LLC

2922 Plantation Wood Ln
Missouri City

Reynolds Roofing and Home Renovation

234 April Waters Dr West
Montgomery

Rick O's Construction & Remodeling

3018 B Hwy 146
Seabrook

Rite Construction Services, Inc.

12414 Westella
Houston

Robert Ochoa Roofing & Fence Co

10422 Huntington View Dr
Houston

Sandoval Roofing

9019 Sultan St.
Houston

Santos Renovations

8303 Shadow Wind Dr
Houston

Secure Roofing

1611 Alamo St
Houston

SMITH DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

3830 Childress st.
Houston

Starr Masonry

9449 Briarforest Drive
Houston

Sun Company Remodeling

3622 marywood
Spring

T & E Home Improvements

18710 Park Harbor
Houston

Trademark Home Services

15445 Old Richmond Rd
Sugar Land

Trademark Landscape

2507 W Bay Area Blvd
Webster

Trusted Restore

12407 N MOPAC
Austin

TURNER ENTERPRISES

4325 BRIARBEND
Houston

Universal Stone Design

2926 Black St
Houston

US Coastal Construction

19307 Long Lake Dr.
Houston

WayCo Services

PO Box 806
Dayton

Wildlife X Team of Houston

11915 Redwick Ct
Spring

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