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Don’t neglect the maintenance of your fireplace. Regular servicing can save you thousands of dollars of needless repairs down the road.—Richard

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“If you’re nervous about using your fireplace, or if it isn’t functioning properly, we’re the company to call,” says Richard Balliger, Jr., who co-owns Rightway Builders Chimney Saviors with his father. “We have the technical expertise to repair even a badly damaged chimney, where other contractors will just try to talk you into replacing it.”

Richard and his dad have been repairing and building chimneys together for over 20 years. Richard Sr. first founded the company in the early ‘70s when, as a volunteer fireman, he put out his first fire—started by a chimney. Later, in 1994 when many chimneys were damaged in the Northridge earthquake, he worked overtime to save them. Today Chimney Saviors repairs some of the most sophisticated chimneys in Southern California, including a 100-year-old triple-spiral chimney in Beverly Hills that had been attacked from all sides by vines.

“My dad or I do the inspections,” says Richard Jr. “We inspect the entire structure inside and out.” They also provide cleanings, maintenance and hearth fireside products. All their work comes with a 10-year warranty. “With many of our clients, an inspector scared them into thinking they needed to tear down,” explains Richard Sr. “We make chimneys serviceable, and we stand behind the quality of our work.”

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User Reviews

Kaitlin McHugh Silverlake
October 30, 2017

I found Chimney Saviors in Neighbor2Neighbor while seeking the right fit for some work in a client’s well preserved 1920s home. Our hope was to retrofit the original fireplace as it was dysfunctional—permitting smoke to enter the home and blacken the interior wall with each use.
When JR arrived onsite for the initial assessment, he was personable, straightforward and seemingly very knowledgeable about what we would need to do to remedy the problem. The client was pleased and we decided to move forward.
JR and I collaborated easily—JR expertly calculated how the size and shape of the firebox and the masonry needed to shift and I drew up the redesign: scale and aesthetics of the hearth, surround and mantle. Our choice of a Kiva-inspired hearth required a lot of custom finish work and the resulting craftsmanship was excellent. We just had the test run today; the fireplace is gorgeous and works perfectly.
The project exceeded our estimated timeline. This was the only element in working with Chimney Saviors that did not meet our initial expectations. To be fair, we experienced scheduling challenges on both sides, and Chimney Saviors was good at communicating with us regarding the delays. In the end, I truly feel that the outcome was worth the wait. I am grateful to have such high quality work. I will call on Chimney Saviors again!

RIchard Marthe Pasadena
October 03, 2017

Chimney Saviors was very professional. We have an old fireplace in the parlor that needed chimney repair. They gave us a couple of options and we picked one. We had talked about doing a wood fireplace, but then ended up going with gas. Chimney Saviors put a new gas line in and tied it into the existing lines. Everything was perfectly executed, and the owner came out to do the final demonstration. We couldn’t be happier with the quality of their work.

Dean Guziot Altadena
September 18, 2017

I’ve been in the contracting business for 27 years and there’s no one more reputable than Chimney Saviors. I’ve used them for many years and give them excellent marks all around. They live up to their name in that they really save chimneys. They don’t just come there and tell you that you have to tear it down and build a new one, which is what a lot of people will say. This is also financially advantageous. I could be calling on any number of companies, but I will not dial anyone else. There is no one better.

Glenn Brown Sierra Madre
September 12, 2017

Chimney Saviors totally rebuilt the entire inside of my fireplace and added a chimney topper to my 1923 home. They also had to make the firebox deeper because we were having an issue with smoke. They did an excellent job and I haven't needed any follow up since. They were way less expensive than the other people I called and they did more work. I was happy with them and highly recommend them.

G. Parodi Sherman Oaks
August 23, 2017

Chimney Saviors came recommended from my real estate broker, who had used them before and only recommends services with top referrals. They repaired two back-to-back fireplaces in the 1949 home I had purchased earlier this year. Having a fireplace was very important to me!

I got a really good sense from them right away. JR’s father, Richard, was incredible—a true fountain of information. When we sat down to talk, I got the immediate impression I wouldn’t find anyone more knowledgeable. When people have a passion for what they’re doing, it makes all the difference. He was the one who did the inspection and recommended what should be done. I wasn’t even moved in yet, and just gave him the keys and complete access to the house because I trusted him right away.

They came out on two days to do the work. They used a watery concrete inside the flues and repointed some of the bricks on the exterior. They also offered to paint the brick inside the firebox so the flame would be more visible. They were talking to the right person because I wanted a really nice fireplace! They did everything they said they would and left the place spotless. Aside from the fireplace being nicer, you couldn’t tell that anyone had been there working. They did a lot of extra things, too, like fixing up the wrought iron basket the Victorians would use to burn charcoal. It was old and rusty, but Chimney Saviors made it look brand new.

Everything is beautiful now! And I didn’t just hire them for aesthetics. The chimney is unreinforced brick and goes right up the middle of the house, so safety is an issue, as well. A lot of other houses in the neighborhood have needed to remove their brick fireplaces entirely. I felt fortunate that there wasn’t anything they saw that would lead the chimney to collapse.

Chimney Saviors wasn’t cheap, but definitely worth their price. There wasn’t a single glitch at any point throughout the project. I cannot recommend anyone more highly.

Max N. Brentwood
August 15, 2017

Chimney Saviors repaired both chimneys and fireplaces at my personal residence. They did an exceptional job at a price that was superior to the other bids I got. Aside from cost, I chose them based on their knowledge and experience. They came with a high level of expertise and at the same time, were able to speak in layman’s terms. They were very professional on all counts, from communication to customer service to quality. When I couldn’t figure something out with the damper, they drove out for free just to show me what to do with it. I’m a real estate broker and refer them out to all my clients.

Stan Singer Tarzana
February 13, 2014

It’s impossible to tell you all the wonderful things about this company. Several years ago I was told my chimney wasn’t in good shape and three different
companies gave me three different things that had to be done. The prices for the works varied from $5000 to $20,000. Richard Balliger came to my house, checked my chimney from top to bottom and told me it would be a minimum of $1000 and a maximum of $2500. What a difference. They corrected all of the chimney problems and it has work wonderfully ever since. I was excited to know it was only going to be $2500, but when they gave me my bill, it was only $1300. You don’t get anymore honest than that. I would recommend them without any hesitation.

Chris Tearpak Valley Village
January 09, 2014

I bought a house last December and the inspection showed that the chimney was wobbly. My realtor recommended I call Chimney Saviors. I actually called a few places and Chimney Saviors gave me the best price. They reinforced the existing chimney with fresh mortar, re-lined the inside, installed a support, cut off the cap and installed a new one. They even picked up my custom paint from the paint store and re-painted the exterior of the chimney. They were very cool, professional guys and I have already recommended them to friends.

Gladys L. Tarzana
December 05, 2013

My experience with Chimney Saviors was very positive. They were very good, clean, professional, and did what they said they were going to do with no surprises.

Rich Chirco West Hills
November 21, 2013

J.R. came out and did the job right. He did some repair work inside the chimney and repaired the cap and patched the exterior. It looks good, they were efficient and cleaned up after themselves. I'm happy with them.

Frank R. Sunland
October 08, 2013

We had two fireplaces that had a problem with smoke coming into the room. Chimney Saviors came out, took some measurements and fixed it. We also have a wood burning stove that they extended the pipe on and eliminated any problems with the draw. They came when they said they would, got the work done on time and my wife was impressed with how well they cleaned up. You'd never know they were there. I was very impressed with their service.

Kerry Andrews Northwest Glendale
September 26, 2013

Our chimney had earthquake damage. Chimney Saviors came out, gave us a bid, fixed our chimney and did a great job. They were honest, on time, licensed and insured. Other chimney people had given us the runaround, trying to sell us additional stuff we didn't need. Chimney Saviors was straight up, had fabulous pricing and got the job done.