|Fiddler On The Roof has been providing chimney inspections for the real estate industry since 1983. Our highly trained staff of certified chimney technicians can provide you with a comprehensive report that includes digital photos, building codes, industry standard references and any recommended repairs. If requested, an exact cost of repair can be supplied with the report. With the largest staff of certified sweeps in the greater Los Angeles area, we can provide fast, convenient scheduling and report turn around time. Reports can be e-mailed, faxed or mailed.
We offer two types of inspections that meet the National Fire Protection Agency's 211 standard for fireplace evaluation.
LEVEL ONE INSPECTION
This is a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas of the chimney structure and flue. The chimney sweep will be able to give you a basic condition report after this inspection. We inspect the readily accessible areas of the chimney in the living area and at the exterior of the home. Some of the areas covered are the firebox, damper, and smoke chamber. Outside, the spark arrester will be checked to make sure it does not restrict the draft, and that it meets local building codes. The structure will be checked for basic soundness and any evidence of deterioration. This inspection should be done every one to three years.
LEVEL TWO INSPECTION
This is the inspection recommended before modifications, during a change in property ownership, or after a chimney fire, or earthquake. We use a closed circuit camera system and/or smoke testing, and the visual inspection may be used to complete a Level Two Inspection. The camera is used to inspect the condition of the interior of the flue. The chimney may also be smoke tested to check for leaks. You will receive a detailed written report outlining any areas of concern.
Keeping your chimney clear of combustion deposits will assure your chimney operates efficiently, while limiting your exposure to a chimney fire; an uncontrolled 2000 degree fire inside your chimney. Our trained sweeps will mask off the fireplace opening, a vacuum will be running inside the firebox, and a drop cloth will be placed on the floor. The soot and creosote deposits are scraped off the walls of the flue and the smoke chamber with brushes attached to flexible poles. The damper, smoke shelf, and hearth are cleaned of any debris. Our methods insure that there is no mess in your home, in fact we guarantee it. The cleaning may take up to an hour, and should be done every one to three years depending on use, or when you move into a new home.
A masonry chimney should have a flue or rain cap installed on top. The expanded metal spark arrester meets California code requirements. The spark arrester will stop large burning embers from escaping the chimney and it will also keep animals and debris from getting into the chimney. On top of the wire mesh box sits a metal lid to keep out rain water. It is essential to keep the rain water out of your chimney; it can cause an odor when it mixes with soot, when mixed with soot it creates an acid that breaks down mortar, and it can drip on the damper-causing it to rust and warp. Metal flue pipe should also have the proper manufacturer specified spark arrester/ termination installed on top.
A chimney without a damper is costing you money - as much as 30% of your heat and air conditioning can go up the chimney. We can provide a top damper that fits into a flue cap. This stainless steel damper easily opens and closes with a spring loaded pull chain mounted on the firebox wall. We also install blade dampers in the throat of the chimney.
This gas fueled rigid pipe supplying heat to your wood can really make getting your fire started easy. We install and/or replace ones that have worn out.
We provide a full spectrum of masonry repairs; including exterior tuck pointing, crown wash repairs/replacements, and replacing those worn out firebox bricks with new extruded fire brick.
This revolutionary spray on ceramic flue sealant is an excellent way to restore deteriorated and damaged chimneys back to fire safe condition.
For those fireplaces and chimneys that just will not draw properly on their own, we recommend the Exhausto chimney fan. Quiet, maintenance free, and energy efficient - the perfect solution.
Available options are removing and rebuilding damaged portions to complete removal and replacement - masonry or prefabricated. Our experience includes rebuilding over 300 chimneys.
GAS LOG TUNE UP
We can spruce up your gas logs with a cleaning and new sand and embers kit.
GAS LOGS/GLASS DOORS/MESH SPARK CURTAINS
We can provide complete custom installation of gas logs, glass doors, and interior mesh spark screens, see our accessories page for some examples or call for an estimate appointment.
Dual purpose firebacks can protect the firebox bricks from excessive wear and tear caused by heat and provide 20% to 40% more heat in the room where you can enjoy it.