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If you are face to face with a crumbling or broken chimney structure, then you’re likely eager to get repairs. We don’t blame you! A crackling fire or properly functioning heating appliance set the perfect mood for a chilly evening indoors. When you get the repairs your system needs, it will be ready for use when the cold returns. It will also guarantee a cozy and comfortable burning season for you and your family in the months ahead.

That being said, knowing what to pay for and which company provides the most reasonable price with the most value can be a challenge. If you have sought out multiple estimates for chimney repairs, you should consider the following guidelines.

Does The Chimney Company Have a CSIA Certification?

One thing to consider when reviewing estimates is whether or not the sweeps you are speaking with have a CSIA certification. If they aren’t, there is a good chance that their analysis may be off and may miss important factors. While they may fix issues, they could miss important safety considerations that only a Certified Sweep may detect. When seeking a chimney company for repairs or restoration, you should always look for a valid certification.

Why is having a certification important? Because sweeps that take the time to get this certification have shown that they take pride in their work. They’ve put in the time, training, and effort necessary to better themselves. They have also chosen to work with a company that is nationally recognized for their chimney and fireplace knowledge. Finally, CSIA certified sweeps follow a strict code of ethics. This ensures you are getting the most honest and in-depth assessment possible.

Can They Provide Proof of Insurance and Workmans Comp?

As a homeowner, you deserve the assurance of working with a fully insured and dependable company. Choosing a contractor with the appropriate insurance coverage is a prudent financial decision. When you hire a company that maintains comprehensive general liability and workers’ compensation insurance, you are ensuring that all workers on your property are protected in the event of an injury or accident. This level of preparedness not only safeguards the workers but also protects you from potential legal and financial liabilities. This approach minimizes the risk of unexpected costs arising from accidents and ensures that the professionals you engage with are equally committed to a safe and secure working environment.

Materials Apples to Oranges?

If an inspection reveals any issues with your chimney, such as broken flue tiles or hollow cinder-blocks, an insulated liner may be suitable in one instance and not the other. When considering chimney repairs, the materials used or recommended are crucial. For instance, while relining a chimney with an uninsulated liner might be more cost-effective, it is only suitable for chimneys that are properly constructed and fully compliant with building codes. Although estimates for repairs using lower-quality or non-compliant materials might appear more economical, these could lead to more significant problems down the road and still leave you with a chimney that doesn’t meet minimum standards. That would be like getting your brake pads replaced when you don’t have any rotors. It’s essential to use appropriate, high-quality materials to maintain the safety, efficiency, and longevity of your chimney system.

Is Your Chimney or Roof Hard To Access?sweep on roof at work at sunset

If your estimates still seem high, despite hiring a qualified technician, it could be because your chimney is hard to access. For example, a steeper roof may result in a higher quote, as the sweeps will face more risks while accessing your structure. The presence of solar panels around the chimney or fragile or delicate structures, landscaping, or cars below also increases the cost. In the case of a masonry system, you might want to consider the elaborateness of your brickwork, too. If it is in a unique pattern or if the bricks themselves are more expensive, your price tag will likely increase.

How Much Damage Are You Dealing With?

It may seem like an obvious factor, but the amount of damage you are facing has a lot to do with the final price. Many people fail to realize just how many things the sweeps inspect. When looking at masonry systems, most techs will look for cracks in the crown, spalling brickwork, crumbling mortar, rusted or broken down flashing, and the flue itself. They’ll also check whether or not your chimney cap and damper are in good condition. Finally, they’ll look at the firebox and determine if any damages are present.

In the case of piped systems, they will check for clearances of existing piping, damaged sections of piping, insulation against the system and the presence or lack of firestops. There are many factors that determine what needs repair or replacement in your system. While some parts of your chimney are quick and easy to repair, other parts need more than simple repairs. You should always invest in repairs sooner rather than later. Prompt attention to these issues is crucial. Delaying repairs can lead to worsening conditions and potentially severe problems over time, emphasizing the importance of timely intervention.

Give Us A Call!

Homeowners throughout Grand Junction and its surrounding areas trust the team at The Chimney Doctor for countless chimney repairs. We have been serving up happy customers with honesty, integrity, and passion. We can even provide proof of insurance upon request. We pride ourselves on delivering satisfaction through integrity, respect, education, and excellence. Contact us today to schedule a preliminary appointment with our qualified team!!