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"I really appreciated the time and effort , , and the whole staff at took to service my repair." They were patient in answering my questions, explained the work to be done and gave me the time-line for completing the work. They called before arrival and explained the work to be completed. I have to say they even went above and beyond when my daughter locked herself out of the house without shoes, keys or her phone. Patiently they borrowed her one of their cell phones taking my calls as we arranged a way for her back into the house. I would most definitely use these guys again!

-Robert H.

"I was able to talk to someone on Sunday and was able to schedule an appointment for the next morning. Which was great since I was having an issue with water leakage" around the fireplace. They showed up on time and the work was completed efficently. He performed a cleaning and inspection, that included him explaining everything that would be done and taking pictures from the roof as he explained issues he noted that needed repair and were the reasons for recent water leakage. He used a tarp in the house to keep the dirt from getting on the rug and he cleaned up everything afterwards.

-Theresa B.

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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


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.




***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 Louisville


The home I used this company for was my moms home that was for sale. The home inspector recommended all 4 chimneys needed to be lined at a cost of $24,000.00 dollars. After inspection he found 2 fireplaces had never been used, one that did need a liner and one simply needed cleaned. After much thought, it was decided that all ...More fireplaces be converted to gas at 1/8th the cost of the original request. I have recommended him and everyone that has used his company has been satisfied..
- Lee J.

I appreciated that they didn't try to sell me more than I needed. The repair was reasonable in both concept and price. They also offered to come back in the Spring and check the repair.
- Mark B.

I had Sweep inspect a fireplace and chimney on house I am looking to buy. Estimated that cost to repair/replace structure of fireplace/chimney would approximately $8430.00. Unbeknownst to me the seller of the house had the fireplace/chimney inspected and fixed according to my realtor. I felt the technicians who inspected took ...More advantage of me and that estimated costs were over priced. Estimate was not itemized and poorly written.
- Robin O.

, the owner, had given me an estimate over a year before I called him to make the repairs. He took great care in finding a brick similar in color/design to match the rest of the different brick on the house/main chimney and the addition where the 2nd chimney was. The project was done within a 2-day period.
He and his associate ...More were very professional and explained all they were doing along the way. One chimney was for a gas-log fireplace that sat on the rooftop of the addition, built around '76. It was so decayed it couldn't be saved with any technology, so he completely rebuilt it. Since brick isn't the same size as it was years ago, had to modify the size, in real-time. He also capped it, sealed it and installed new flashing. It is an amazing structure!
The main fireplace, which is very artistically shaped and built in '61, had serious spalling in the section exposed above the 2nd story roof line. expertly rebuilt the decaying section and blended the new brick into the old brick below the roof line. You can't tell where the new ends and the old begins. He also cleaned the entire chimney of mold/mildew. Before he wrapped up, he capped, sealed and re-flashed everything for the main chimney.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Bros. to anyone. My chimneys were dangerously decayed and now they are beautiful and sound. I now notice other chimneys in the neighborhood and am grateful I no longer have to worry about mine collapsing!
also inspected the flues/dampers and told me they were very clean and intact, so nothing was needed. We discussed some ideas for modifying the gas-log set up.
and his associate also took care of some other issues while they were on top of the house, like resealing the area where the garage roof/side of the house meet. They also did some spot mortar repairs in the house exterior brick and on the hearth.

- Elizabeth L.

was very professional and friendly and did an excellent job. Went above and beyond my expectations. Very helpful explaining how everything worked. Plan on using them again as soon as they can schedule me for cleaning and fireplace repair.
- Tom W.

is a very professional company. There salespeople were very professional and did everything they said they would do. I would definitely refer this company to friends & family.
- Rebecca G.

Mr was extremely professional and really went the extra mile to assure I was satisfied with the repairs. He even made major repairs to brickwork at the top of my chimney that was not included in his original estimate at no extra charge. He stained foundation to make everything look new, fresh and covered the repairs. Looks ...More awesome.
I will recommend him highly to all my friends, family and business associates. I do plan on having him come back out to replace my current walkway and add a back patio. If you need brick, block or stone work... is the guy to call.
Thanks again !!
- sheila P.

does beautiful work in every detail and he uses excellent materials. When I first contacted him he responded immediately and, once work started, he stayed with the job until it was completed. The job site was very orderly and neat and was spotless when he finished. He is very communicative about building issues and I got good ...More advice from him. it is important, however, to give him lots of "lead time" to do the project as he is very busy. I think the price was very fair considering all that he did. The result looks terrific and I feel secure knowing that an important structural aspect of the house is in good shape now.
- Joanna G.

Chimney Repair Services in Louisville

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502 Construction and Concrete

1236 Gilmore Ln

A Chimney Doctor

876 Minoma Ave

A Custom Roof & Spouting

1816 Montgomery Ave.

A Plus A Exteriors Roofing Inc

8212 Nash Rd

A-1 Bob the Builder & Sons

2301 Magazine Street

AAA Contractors LLC

5917 Bardstown Rd.

Acclaim Contracting LLC

14000 Spring Forest Ct

Ace Chimney Sweep

440 Shelbyville Rd

Alex Framing & Roofing

8526 Old Bardstown Rd

All American Chimney Service

11608 Electron Dr

All Good Roofing

PO Box 177

American Basement Solutions

1988 Old State Road 44

American Masonry

1422 E 8th St

Assurance Roofing

1600 Hialeah Ct

B&G Roofing and Framing

3715 Bardstown rd

Baileys Masonry, Inc

240 West Dixie Ave

Beams Roofing & Contracting

10370 Bluegrass Parkway

Best Choice Roofing

8003 Vine Crest Ave. #4


958 Logan St



Bocock Construction Inc.

4210 Milo Dr.

Bone Dry Roofing & Masonry - Louisville

8130 New LaGrange Rd.

Bone-Dry Waterproofing Inc

2529 Ridgemar Ct

Boyd's Masonry

933 Palatka Rd

Bryant Heating & Cooling

4531 Bishop Ln

Burkheads Home Specialist

140 Cajun Ct

Case Foundation Systems

449 Downes Ter


7025 W HWY 22





Creative Tile LLC

8507 Robin Hill Dr

crook masonry

4703 rustburg pl





Eclipse Roofing & Restoration

11540 Blankenbaker Access Dr

Elite Roofing LLC

6332 W Hwy 146

Fackler Commercial Roofing Co LLC

605 Marret Ave

Fackler Homes Inc

1504 Polo Fields Ct.

Finer Constructions LLC

3957 Craig Ave

G/M Roofing & Home Exteriors

4602 Bittersweet Rd

Gilbert Lindsey Sheet Metal And Construction

5711 E. Manslick Rd.

GRB Design

1909 Production Drive



Hedges home improvements

4904 chismoor ct.

Highland Roofing

4007 Produce Rd.

Home Value Restoration

8515 Zionsville Road

Indiana United LLC

210 Robin Lynn Dr

J & R Construction Services Inc

633 West Main Street

JD Roofing & Remodeling

PO Box 436848

Jenkins Industries

14 Muirfield Pl

Jordan Enterprises

PO Box 406785

K & P Roofing Siding & Home Improvement

914 N English Station Rd

Koppel Services

132 Outer Loop

Lake Forest Living

4535 Biles Ct.

Louisville Fire Brick Works

4500 Louisville Avenue

Louisville Handyman Inc

13000 Middletown Industrial Blvd

Louisville Masonry & Stone

2344 Dorma Ave

Loyd's Roofing

8419 janway

Lyons Roofing

4317 Murphy Rd

Maxey Custom Construction, LLC

4302 crowne springs drive #100



Middletown Roofing Windows and Siding Inc

2009 Watterson Trail

Mike Perry Masonry

8327 Roseborough Rd

Mr. Handyman of Louisville Northeast

12200 Shelbyville Rd

Mr. Roof of Louisville

2304 Ralph Ave.


115 dexter

National Roofing Solutions

3011 Wirth Avenue

Olde Towne Chimney Sweeps Fireplace Sales

11004 Taylorsville Rd

Paul J Lilly Roofing

3456 Quarry Rd

R&I Construction Roofing Contractor

4313 Wells dr.


500 Willowbrook Drive

Sawyer Construction & Roofing

1115 S 4th St, 3rd Fl

shelbys construction

2130 belmont rd


PO.box 17294
Ft. Mitchell

Steinrock Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.

1034 Story Ave

Story Restorations

1626 Story Avenue

TJ'S maintenance

4578 buds rd

Tommy Mattingly Masonry

6219 castle hwy

TPS Services

2660 French Creek Rd

United Dynamics Inc

2555 Cannon St

Vincent Abell Contracting Inc

4902 Meadow Creek Ct.



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