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"seemed a bit pricey for the 20-30 minutes of actual work performed. This is our first gas fireplace so wanted to get it checked out by a professional.

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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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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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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 Sandston

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My chimney had not been cleaned or inspected for approx. 10 years. I had been experiencing some smoke in the house when the fireplace was being used during the winter months. The guys who came out were great, very professional. They did quality work and gave us some recommendations pm other items that we should take care of in the near future, which we plan on doing with
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. Highly recommend!
- Steven F.
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responded quickly to my request for a bid. He showed up on time to bid and by the time he was done I was certain I would hire him. Bounced the cost off my wife to keep her in the loop and called him to schedule.
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showed up and did the work over several days and walked me around when he was finished to show his work and allow me to look things over. The only reason I gave a B for the price was it was more than I thought, though I had neglected my fireplace since I moved in 22 years ago. For what he did I feel good about what it cost me since I know it is not something I could have done so nicely. I would have no problem calling him again should I need more work done.
- GEOFFREY K.
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There was an issue with the understanding of the rate, but it was resolved in my favor and with a good attitude. They were on time, and professional. I have used them in the past and will use them in the future.
- Cheryl G.
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I called to have my chimney swept in October of 2014. They came out and ran a camera up the chimney and found cracks in the tiles. It was about $100. They then condemned the chimney and we could not use it. At the end of January after dealing with estimates and insurance company (that's a whole different review) we scheduled the work for the end of February. They came out when they said they would. They called ahead to let me know they were on their way. They called if they were running late on another job. They did the work efficiently. The mess was minimal. They had tarps down to not
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up my floors. It was completed in the week they said it would be done. Very very pleased. Will use them for my annual sweeping too. The initial $100 went toward the major construction work too. I wasn't out the additional money.
- Max H.
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went extremely well in every respect. The masonry work was the first component of our kitchen remodel and necessarily had to be completed before other work could be initiated.
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Chapman was extremely responsive from the initial phone call through completion of the project.
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and his crew headed by his son
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Chapman were a pleasure to work with and were definitely skilled at their trade. The door that was bricked up appeared as if it had always been a solid wall and blended in perfectly. Brickwork that was done to accomodate the new french doors was also done seamlessly. Working with
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was a very good experience in every respect and we will not hesitate to use them in the future.
- James M.
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Installation of the chimney cap went well in 2013.
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showed up when he said he would, performed the work at agreed upon price and cleaned up everything.
Our more recent experience was not as smooth. He came out to do the estimate. It took nearly two weeks to get a preliminary estimate, which was about $7,000 for a new chimney liner and complete rebuild of the exterior to the flashing. We got a second estimate from a well-regarded chimney company who wanted about $3,200 for the chimney liner and said we only needed the exterior ground and re-pointed for about $900. (They also wrote out the estimate on the spot after a thorough inspection and provided pictures of the inside of the chimney that showed why the work needed to be done). After some bacfk-and-forth with
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and asked if he would consider giving us a discount. He sent a
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email in response: "Nope, sorry. I have a motto: 'Never give a discount or you will be tempted to cut corners.' I think you should go with the other company."
We decided to go with another company. I'll let you know how that goes after the work is done.
- James F.
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We initially called
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for a chimney cleaning as we just move into the home and were not sure of the chimney condition. Upon inspection,
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let us know the chimney was in good shape and did not need to be cleaned. He took a look at the firebox upon my request as the mortar was crumbling in some spots. He was very flexible in rescheduling a time to complete the work once he had the appropriate materials. He was punctual and completed the work in a timely manner. I will use
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- Brandon S.
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Everything went perfectly. Their office called the day before to tell me when they'd arrive. Two men arrived on time. They worked very professionally, finished in the time they had said it would take. They cleaned up everything before they left.
The pointing up job is excellent, looks authentic, mixing in with the old bricks. They were also very pleasant and informative. You couldn't ask for a better service. You never know beforehand, but now I know--these guys are
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- Christine A.

Chimney Repair Services in Sandston, VA

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A ALL ANIMAL CONTROL

6606 Davis Rd
Quinton

Abby Construction Co Inc

1319 Lafayette Blvd Ste 100
Fredericksburg

Adiches Concrete & Construction LLC

P.O. 1720 Midlothian VA
Midlothian

Advanced Fireplace Technicians

603 East Franklin St
Richmond

Allstar Chimney Sweep

75 E Grace Street
Richmond

Allstate Chimney Service

11234 Creek Wood Trail
Ashland

AW Masonry & Restoration

101 Wren Rd
Richmond

Bedrock Foundation Systems Inc

PO Box 61691
Virginia Beach

Best Roofing of Virginia

PO Box 1451
Virginia Beach

Bubbas Handyman Service

3803 Chamberlayne Ave
Richmond

C L Wright Roofing Inc

801 Grove Rd
Midlothian

Castle Chimney Sweeps & Home Repair

10517 Genito Ln
Chesterfield

CENTRAL VIRGINIA CHIMNEY SWEEP

414 HUNTSMAN RD
Sandston

Chimney Saver Solutions

6503-B Dickens Place
Richmond

Classic Construction Exteriors

11622 Busy St
Richmond

Cliff & Jimmy's Lawn Service LLC

13806 W Bay Dr
Midlothian

CORNERSTONE CLASSIC MASONRY

15280 HOPEFUL CHURCH RD
Montpelier

COUGOT'S CHIMNEY SERVICE

6507 Old Warwick Rd.
Richmond

Custom Fireplace & Chimney Service Inc

849 Greybranch Ct
Sandston

ELS Construction VA LLC

121 Wyck St
Richmond

Erik Cook Landscapes

1740 Log Cabin Rd
Beaverdam

EUROTECH CHIMNEY RESTORATION

6333 Hob Nob Hill
Henrico

Exterior Alternatives Inc

5601 Gilling Rd
North Chesterfield

Franklin's Home Repair Services

PO Box 1152
Colonial Heights

George Foster Services

8309 Landsdowne Rd.

Guardian Chimney Cleaning

6701 Janway Road
Richmond

handyman for hire

1606 magnolia st.
Richmond

Hanover Chimney Sweeps

6235 Pine Slash Rd
Mechanicsville

Hoover Roofing LLC

10020 51st Ave

Hygrade LLC

4020 Quinton Rd
Quinton

James Pierce & Sons Home Improvements

7006 Tammy Ln
Mechanicsville

Jason The Mason

1507 Edenburry Dr
Henrico

JES Foundation Repair

1741 Corporate Landing Parkway
Virginia Beach

KMW MASONRY CONTRACTORS INC.

1428 WATER WILLOW DR.
Midlothian, Richmond

Knapp Masonry

103 Roberts Rd

Lamar Builders LLC

3216 Jowin Ln
Richmond

Leo Lantz Construction Inc

11662 Greenwood Road
Glen Allen

London Sweeps Chimney Sweeps

5214 Fairlake Lane
Glen Allen

MAGIC SWEEP CHIMNEY SERVICE

4604 CHESDIN WOODS DR
Sutherland

Masonry Contractors

6412 Binns Ave
Richmond

Miller Tyme Roofing and Construction, LLC.

5509 Pony Farm Drive
Richmond

NCF Home Improvements Inc

327 Oakcliff Ave
North Chesterfield

Neat Sweep

5513 Hull St
Richmond

NORTON CONTRACTING INC.

5701 Cogbill Road
Richmond

One Son Contracting LLC

7000 Courthouse Rd
Providence Forge

Professional Home Services

2403 Capehart Rd
Henrico

RBVA INC

2910 Libby Terrace
Richmond

river city sweeps and services

8701 Walton Farms Court

Rock Solid Masonry LLC

6716 Linbrook Dr
Henrico

S & N Chimney Services

2961 Midland Rd
Petersburg

Stable Foundations LLC

12439 Maple St
Ashland

Standard Roofing Company Inc

PO Box 121
Oilville

Stevens Roofing Corp

818 W 39th St
Norfolk

TC Contracting Innovations

381 Edgar Rd
Hanover

The Honey Doers, LLC

17563 Tyler Station Rd.
Beaver Dam

Traditional Masonry Inc

PO Box 805
Powhatan

Tri-City Restoration

PO BOX 751
Chesterfield

Triangle Sealants Corporation

PO Box 6128
Portsmouth

Virginia Wildlife Management and Control, LLC

4837 Rollingway Rd
Chesterfield

Wells & Daughters Con.

19501 englishwellsway

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