My elderly mother heats part of her house with a very large Sears wood
burning stove. She started off with a metal chimney - were several
house fires caused by these things - so she had a brick chimney built
with flu liners. She has a fire all winter long. She was told she
should have her chimney swept. This past summer the chimney sweep did
his thing - and showed my mother some pictures of how damaged her
chimney was from cracked all the fires she kept going. He told her he
could repair the chimney for $2,500.
My mother has insurance covering everything - called her insurance
agent - showed him the pictures and told him it was going to cost
$2,500 to repair and what portion of that repair would the insurance
cover. The agent got one of their adjusters to check it out. Guess
what her chimney was in perfect condition - not a crack in any tile.
My mother called several other people who were using this crook - a
couple had similiar stories and one of them had already agreed to have
her chimney repaired.
She would not go after the crook - but be careful out there.
Two years ago she had an "insulation expert" tell her she needed more
insulation under the metal roof on the second floor of the house -
another crook - there is no room for more insulation in that space - I
installed it many years ago.
So be careful out there - crooks abound.