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It Pays to Get a Second Opinion on Chimney Repairs

Getting another appraisal on chimney repair work can be invaluable to you. Like with medical issues, chimney repair second opinions can help you put the project into perspective and keep you from automatically going with the first estimate you got simply because it’s the only one you have.

Advanced Chimney Sweep provides second opinions and additional estimates for Georgia and South Carolina homeowners, always at no cost and with no obligation.

What a Second Opinion Could Tell You

When our technicians evaluate a damaged or malfunctioning chimney after the customer has received an estimate, we may end up with one
of four scenarios:

Quoted price is too high: This could mean you’re purposely getting overcharged, or the company is inexperienced in all the facets of a chimney repair project and is over-estimating the time involved.

Quoted price is too low: A very low price should send up warning flags – either the chimney company has little experience and doesn’t feel their services are valuable, or they’re planning on a quick fix rather than a proper chimney repair.

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Unnecessary tasks were added: The technicians on the Advanced Chimney Sweep team have extensive training on a full range of chimney repair and rebuilding projects. We can quickly tell you if your estimate includes additional work that isn’t necessary.

Critical tasks were overlooked: This might be another case of inexperience, and it can come back in the form of serious and potentially dangerous chimney problems down the line. We’ll let you know if something is missing.

With all second opinions, if we disagree with any your original estimate, we’ll explain in detail why.

Chimney Repair Experts

If you choose to hire us to handle your chimney repairs – whether you’re self-paying or claiming it through your homeowner’s insurance policy – we’ll do only the work that’s necessary, and we’ll do all the work that’s necessary.

Our chimney repair services include:

  • Masonry repair and brick work
  • Partial and complete chimney rebuilding
  • Tuckpointing
  • Leaky chimney repair
  • Resolution of backdrafts and venting issues
  • Chimney liner repair and relining
  • Repair or replacement of chimney caps, crowns, chase tops and flashing
  • Smoke chamber parging
  • Smoke shelf repair
  • Fireplace damper repair and installation
  • Firebox repair

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As strong as chimneys are, they won’t last forever without regular maintenance by licensed, experienced chimney technicians. Some of the issues we find that were the result of neglect include:

  • Crumbling bricks and mortar
  • Deteriorated sections of masonry
  • Widespread water damage from leaks
  • Large amounts of acidic creosote in the flue
  • Internal masonry damage
  • Cracked or broken chimney liner
  • Damaged chimney crown, cap, chase top and flashing
  • Damage from past chimney fires
  • Chimney leaning to one side
  • Partial or total collapse of the chimney

How to Help Your Chimney Run Safely and Efficiently

Keeping your chimney in fine shape isn’t that difficult. We recommend the following:

Annual chimney sweep services

Our Certified Chimney Professionals have the equipment and hands-on expertise to safely remove flammable creosote from your chimney flue. We also remove outside debris that could lead to the sluggish drafting of smoke.

Annual chimney inspections

A basic inspection once a year will alert you to early signs of damage or malfunction so you can resolve the problem quickly and at less expense than a major repair job.

Repairs as needed

It’s never a good idea to put off needed chimney repairs. Chimney problems don’t resolve themselves and always get worse rather than better. Have repairs done when needed.

If you’d like a no-cost, no-obligation second opinion on chimney repairs for an insurance claim or for a self-pay project, speak with a chimney expert today at (706) 833-4630.

Advanced Chimney Sweep serves the CSRA (Central Augusta River Area) and the South Carolina Midlands region, including Augusta GA, Martinez GA, Evans GA, Dearing GA, Hephzibah GA, Lexington SC, Columbia SC, Orangeburg SC, Aiken SC and all areas in between.