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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 Repair

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

Parts of your chimney
Chimney Repair

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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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.

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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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All Chimney Repair Services in Washington DC

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A-1 Handyman

4704 Eddystone St

A. YORI CONSTRUCTION

13800 OLD COLUMBIA PIKE

AAA AMERICAN CHIMNEY SWEEPS

6328 Tilghman Island Rd

Abby Construction Co Inc

1319 Lafayette Blvd Ste 100

Active Home Renewal

1409 Broadwood Dr

Adela Construction

10319 Westlake Dr

ALBERT J JACKSON & SONS

1222 BACON RIDGE RD

ALL AMERICAN HOME SERVICES

3012 Ps Business Center Dr

Anderson Construction

12004 Mastbrook Lane

Antietam Roofing LLC

10003 Putman Rd

Anytime Handyman Services

14356 Northbrook Ln.

Arcola Home Improvements Inc

21737 Duck Creek Sq

Atlantic Chimney Service LLC

28272 St Michaels Rd

Atlantic Powerwash

13500 King Charles Dr

Augustine Roofing LLC

20402 White Oak Dr

Avalons Design

5438 Taney Ave

BaronSweeps

3816 Beech Down Drive

Barratt Construction

PO Box 60463
Washington

Bedrock Construction LLC

22432 Germanna Hwy.

Bethesda Home Improvements

10 Old Bonifant Road

Beyond Exteriors

14524-E Lee Rd

Bill's Handyman Service

14713 Crenshaw Dr

Billings Construction Inc

14725 Baltimore Ave

Blanca's Remodleing

303 Sunbury Ln

Bob's Budget Sweep

4022 Middleburg Rd

Bonn Group America Inc

1629 K St NW
Washington Dc

Bryan's Home Remodeling Inc.

12037 Stuart Ridge Dr

Bryant Chimney, LLC

11801 Randy Lane

C & B Mason

15521 KRUHM RD

C & R ACUNA INC

8318 SYRACUSE CIR

C N M Installations Inc

3535 Honey Suckle Ln

C.C.I llc

3804 Perry St.

Canterbury Sweeps

12617 Fingerboard Rd

Capital Air Care

19801 Bramble Bush Drive

Capital Climate Services

8913 Hilton Hill Dr.

Chimney Care Plus LLC

6410 Jefferson Blvd

Chimney Doctor LLC

11117 Towood Rd

Chimney Inspectors, LLC

3876 Bradwater St

Chimney Masters

12104 Island View Cir

Chimney Sweeps-Sherwood Forest

13030 Old National Pike

Chimney.com

10 Old Bonifant Rd

ChimneyTEK

3206 Art Hall Ln

City Masonry, LLC

816 N Washington st

Complete Chimneys LLC

302 Ritchie Hwy

Complete Enhancement, LLC

6103 Baltimore Avenue

Concreto Plus Inc

10111 Martin Luther King Jr Hwy

Consumer Construction Inc

14841 Build America Drive

Contractors Consortium LLC

6412 Brandon Ave.

D & B Associates of VA Inc

10168 Portsmouth Rd #2

D & F CONSTRUCTION

11913 SEVEN LOCKS RD

D L BOYD INC

5905 ARBOR ST

Duct Clean 1974

2109 Walsh view terr #103

DUPONT VETERINARY CLINIC

2022 P ST NW
Washington

DWGood construction co

4110 lower wharf road

E & B HOME IMPROVEMENTS

1112 K ST SE
Washington

E R Roofing Co

4790 Mid County Ct

EAST COAST MASONS

11007 DRUMM AVE

Economic Roofing Co

9150 Rumsey Rd Ste A5

EDG Construction Co

8803 Teresa Ann Ct

Exterior Medics

7540 Accotink Park Rd

Exterior service

4114 Weller Rd

Exterior Solutions LLC

6410 Homebuilder Dr

Faith Contracting, LLC

10452 Lonesome Road

Falls Church Concrete

1944 Kennedy Dr

Family Roofing

6030 Marshalee Drive

FEATURE DESIGN INC

6361 VERDE CT

FINA CONSTRUCTION INC

2403 BRENTWOOD PL

Finest Chimney Sweep and Masonry

123456 Woodbrige Will Fix Monday

Fireplace Ace Inc

331 Ostrander Rd

Flash Services

10849 Quail Creek Lane

Frank Pereira

3507 Tavenner Court

Franklin Construction LLC

10377 Green Holly Ter

G & G ROOFING

455 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington

G C Construction LLC

9201 Gilmore Dr

General Remodeling Group

11722 Newbridge Crt, Reston, Virginia 20191

GIROSS HYDRO GREEN CLEAN

17129 King James Way

Glover Enterprises Inc

300 Chatham Heights Rd

GNS Roofing Corp

116 Trunk Drive

GO Contractors Group LTD

2619 Kensington Blvd

GREAT SCAPES BY E S I INC

102 E BAYFRONT RD

Greentech LLC

101 Chestnut St

Gueriera Roofing, Inc.

12170 Ivakota Ct

Gutter Ethics LLC

7420 Alban Station Boulevard

H & F Service Co

4328 Brookside Dr

H Forrest Roofing

9314 Baltimore National Pike

Handyman Matters Of Frederick

7817 B Baltimore National Pike

Hawkins Landscaping Inc

8408 Links Bridge Road

Hollco Construction, Inc.

8060 Sleepy View Lane

Home Contractors Plus

8402 Quill Point Dr

Home Owner's Bricklayers

5258 Leestone Court

Home Performance Solution

5765F Burke Centre Pkwy

Hoover Roofing LLC

10020 51st Ave

Horn & Co

6030 Marshalee Dr

House Doctors

3308 Mt Vernon Ave

HP Drywall

5824 Ridings Manor Pl

HT Harrison & Sons Inc

204 N Stonestreet Ave

Hudson Roofing Company

5765-F Burke Center Parkway, Burke,VA

I S ENTERPRISES

1324 H STREET NE
Washington

Innovative Inc

4900 Leesburg Pike

J & E Home Services

10118 Hampton Woods Dr

James Hoskins

2917 Fairmont St

James McDonald Roofing

14625 Baltimore Ave

JAY T KILIAN CONTRACTORS

356 JONES STATION RD

JENKINS ROOFING

118 KENT DR

JES Foundation Repair

1741 Corporate Landing Parkway

JHI Contracting

808 K St. NE
Washington

Jim Baker, LLC

Bridgetown Place

JLI Services Inc.

13318 Keating Street

John G Webster

10738 Tucker St

Johnson Chimney Service

9216 Quintana Dr

JP Enterprise

11208 Ballsford rd.

JRM DRYWALL & FINISHING INC

1220 S. FREDERICK STREET

JW Home Improvement

1390 Chain Bridge Rd

K&R RoofMasters

151 Schooner Ln #30

Katchmark Construction Inc

3856 A Dulles S Ct

Keith Roofing

611 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington

Kennedy Handyman Service

18037 Norman Drive

Knapp Masonry

103 Roberts Rd

KP Contractors

611 Thayer Ave

Landry Decorators

402 Eagle Dr

LANHAM CONSTRUCTION CO INC

9607 ANNAPOLIIS ROAD

LATHROUM MASONRY LLC

20867 Heathers Lane

LESTER FAULK

126 Roberts Ln Apt 401

Liker Property Management/Development LLC

2132 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington

Loudoun County Masonry

14408 Chantilly Crossing Ln

Lyons Contracting Inc

308 Calvert Ave

M & G Contractor

10409 Ashcroft Way

M & M MASONRY CO INC

26471 N SANDGATES RD

M A F CONTRACTORS INC

2266 Hannon St

M Taylor Enterprise

9914 Tenbrook Dr

michael crowe

1111 Alexandria Ave

Mid S Builders LLC

15521 Kruhm Rd

MJ Home Services LLC

4367 Hollins Ferry Rd

New Exteriors LLC

7375 Old Alexandria Ferry Rd

NEXTGEN CONSTRUCTION

1241 NEW JERSEY AVE NW
Washington

Nice Home Services

7608 Fullerton Rd

Nicto Chimney Sweeps Inc

7631 Fairfield Woods Ct

Noel Design Build

3224 Northampton
Washington

NUCCI BROS STONE & MASONRY INC

105 JORDAN TAYLOR LN

Nutters Painting & Services

Remington & All Surrounding Areas

O'REILLY MASONRY

5201 N 5TH ST

OLDE LONDONTOWNE CHIMNEY SWEEP

2909 plyers mill road

OLR & Son

6910 29th St N

Omega Patios & Decks Inc

14512 Hamowell St

Potomac Masonry

8800 Richmond Hwy

Potomac Services

20599 Quarterpath Trace Circle

Prestigious Patios

7521 Woodside Lane

Prudencio Services

5239 Navaho Dr

Purdy & Sons LLC

593 Curry Springs Pl

Quality Builders Inc

213 Willow Ave

Quality Concrete & Masonry

1705 CHILLY HOLLOW RD

quality improvement

8216 Westchester Dr

R & L CHIMNEY SERVICE

7114 LEESVILLE BLVD

R M Banning Roofing

7635-B Fullerton Rd

RAM Stone Work

2378 Glenmont Circle #212

Randal’s Masonry Restoration

6075 River Forest Dr

RC 4 Construction, Inc

5504 Peppercorn Drive

RC HVAC and Home inspections

12148 Rain Slicker Pl

RC Masonry INC

1904 Quebec St.

Reliable Roofers Inc

3285 Fort Meade Rd.

Renaissance Development LLC

323 C St SE
Washington

Revere Construction

25101 Peach Tree Rd

Rha Masonry

2816 Belair Dr

RICHARD WOOD JR

4194 WILLIAMS CT

RM Home Repair

8004 Frye Rd

Robert Gregg's Home maintenance

14420 chantilly crossing lane

Robert Pence Remodeling Inc

1710 Gayfields Dr.

Rodney S Bailey Contracting

405 Indian Head Ave

Roof Masters

9710 Traville Gateway Dr

Roof Right Inc

1621 Hanover Pike

Roof Solutions Inc

9325 Fraser Ave

Roofer 911

1808 Old Meadow Road,

Rooftop Chimney Sweeps

4410 Wheeler Ave

Rusty's Fire Place and Chimney

38988 E Colonial Hwy

Salt Creek Gardens

P.O. Box 6717

Sam and Sons Services

5649C General Washington Dr

SAMUEL C BOYD INC

5730 TUXEDO RD

Sanchez and son construction LLC

3920 14th st nw
Washington

Sawyer's Project Management

620 Pennsylvania Avenue

Select Services

301 Ellsworth Pl

SGS Builders Inc.

11988 Falling Creek Dr.

Shanco Companies Inc

7609-H Airpark Rd

Shenski Construction

36856 Dannys LN

South Paw Masonry

3834 Harrison Lane

SPRINGFIELD ROOFING SIDING & WINDOWS INC

5605-A GENERAL WASHINGTON DR

Steve Spratt Improvements

1329 Alum Spring Road

Stinebaugh Masonry, LLC

1034 Jeanett Way

Stone Rite Inc.

15317 Norwalk ct.

Stone Worx

15707 Smith Rd

Swift Vents

13125 Turkey Branch Pkwy

TBBuford

4718 25th Road North

TC DESIGN&BUILDERS,INC

6803 SABBARTON PL

U 1st Home Improvements

7757 Belle Point Dr

Unique Enterprises Inc

5841 Shookstown Rd

Universal Maintenance

65173 Seventh Road
Washington

USA Interiors, LLC.

P.O. BOX 9272

Valued Homes

4930 Solomons Island Rd

Velocity Roofing

47298 Westwood Place

VR Exteriors

6009 Larkspur Dr.

VRN Masonry Inc

19424 Laguna Dr

W E Griffin Roofing

7910 Woodmont Ave

Wall to Wall Construction, Inc

1101 30th St NW
Washington

Wantz Construction Co Inc

4004 Sykesville Rd

WERNER RENOVATIONS

4585 MACARTHURBLVD NW APT 301
Washington

WEST PAX FIREPLACE CO

7087 BLUEBIRD HILL PL

WOOD & WHITACRE

8100 CAMBRIDGE DR

Woodburners Plus

6600 Arlington Blvd

Xl Services LLC

8524 Dakota Dr

Xpert Foundations Inc

19309 Winmeade Drive #103

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