Full Service Chimney Company Serving Greater Philadelphia

Universal Chimney

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At Universal Chimney we are dedicated to providing clean, professional, and quality services to all our customers.

Call today to schedule your appointment for a free consultation!

Chester, montgomery, and delaware counties
Lizzie Alfree
Isaac came out, inspected our fireplace, explained thoroughly what was needed, then made it safe to use. He replaced our 1929 damper with a really cool pulley damper. He and his assistant did a great job! I would recommend him over any other local company!
Nancy Brown
We could not more pleased with the service we received from Isaac today. Not only was he punctual, giving us a heads up that he was on his way, but he was also very professional and personable. He assessed our issue, presented his assessment and made suggestions for steps we should take in the future. He stressed that our immediate need was to focus on the issues with our heater and that any work he would do for us could wait. We will not hesitate to use him when our current issue is resolved.
Chris McEntee
Isaac and his crew did a great job replacing the liner in our boiler chimney. They arrived on time, completed the job in a few hours and cleaned up thoroughly. Great price, friendly service, what more do you need in a contractor! Thanks Isaac.
Mark Keagle
Issac and his crew were very great. They answered every question, showed me things about my fireplace and chimney that I didn't know, and gave me useful ideas and suggestions for overall maintenance. I will be recommending them to anyone who needs chimney work done!
Sebastian Tilson
Punctual and professional chimney inspection and cleaning. They also cleaned out our dryer vent, which we hope will reduce drying time. Clear explanation of what was done and recommended maintenance moving forward.
Lauren Darby
Isaac was fantastic. He was referred to me by a colleague of his and I am so thankful!! He explained everything that was required for the job and went out of his way to get us up and running again FAST - highly recommend!!
Amy Birckett
We wanted to get our chimney inspected before using the fireplace in our new house. Isaac came out for the inspection and was able to do a cleaning on the spot. He gave us suggestions to improve the comfort in the room and eventually converting to a gas fireplace. He was prompt, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. Would definitely use again and recommend to anyone needing chimney work.
John Sheehan
We had a great experience Universal Chimney! Isaac was fast, professional and accommodating. Highly recommended.
Alicia Voodre
Issac and Universal Chimney have been very helpful in getting our new home up and running. He relined our main chimney and replaced two dampers. He also has serviced our boiler chimney. We received many quotes before having him begin work, his prices were very reasonable, and his service was prompt. He is someone you can trust in a sea of questionable characters! I would highly recommend his services.
Maria Sciamanna
Universal Chimney replaced our chimney cap and inspected our other chimneys. They were very quick to set up an appointment, called on the way, and are always on time. In addition, when I had some follow up questions Isaac came over within 48 hours to look at some follow up areas. Highly recommend Universal Chimney and will use them for future needs!
Michael Dolchin
Great service - timely - clean - nice - reasonably priced - can’t ask for much more.
Nick Birch
Isaac was quick to respond after inquiring about having my chimney cleaned and inspected. He was very affordable and did a great job. He was very honest about what services we did and did not need done. Highly recommend.
John Sheehan
We had a great experience Universal Chimney! Isaac was fast, professional and accommodating. Highly recommended.
Nick Ashleigh
Isaac and his crew did a great job on our furnace chimney liner. They explained everything ahead of the work, arrived on time and cleaned everything up. We will definitely be using Universal Chimney to replace and clean our fireplace lining next.
Angelo Cook
Isaac was extremely professional and very timely. Constantly stays in contact with you. Would highly recommend.
Juliet Porcari
We have worked with Isaac a few times over the past year. He has inspected some fireplaces and chimneys for us while going thru the home buying process. He has also recently completed some work in our fireplace and some crown work on a home that we purchased. He is friendly and knowledgeable with reasonable prices. I would certainly recommend him for any of your fireplace/chimney needs.
Tami O'Sullivan
I would highly recommend Universal Chimney. Issac was responsive, provides great craftsmanship and the service was seamless.
Tami O'Sullivan
I would highly recommend Universal Chimney. Issac was responsive, provides great craftsmanship and the service was seamless.
Carlita DeSousa
Isaac and team are a professional group that offer very competitively priced Chimney services. We couldn’t have been happier with them and can now enjoy our fire place!
Vincent D'Agostino
Issac was great to work with. I had an issue with my chase cover that needed prompt attention and as soon as the cover was fabricated he came right out and installed it for me. He did the installation while it was snowing out which speaks to his dedication to the customer.
A William
Isaac from Universal Chimney was in a word fantastic. He was great to work with extremely accommodating and performed flawlessly. Isaac and his team installed a wood burning insert and new chimney liner in my home. They were clean courteous professional and truly expert at what they do. I would recommend them for any and all chimney services. AG
Joseph Fontak
After seeing so many positive reviews of this company and Isaac, I decided to get a quote from them. They were professional, timely, truthful and easy to deal with. I definitely recommend them for Chimney work!
Zeke Albright
Isaac was very professional. They were flexable to my renters schedule . They worked well with other contractors. He kept me in the loop with pictures and constant contact . He kept me well informed which led to informed decisions on how to proceed with pricing and level of work that needed to be done. No one wants to send money on a chimney but Isaac took a lot of the sting out of it.
anthony ragni
Working with this company was great. They gave us the best quote. They were very fast and clean!
MIke Johnson
Issac did a great job cleaning our chimney and left the house and floor as I left it. Wonderful job! Very professional.
Louise Waltman
Issac came to the house ... analyzed the situation and provided a reasonable estimate in a timely manner. He arrived at the appointed time to do the job with a competent helper. The job was finished in a day as stated and the job site, clean. Prior to engaging him, our Master Plumber interviewed him and was impressed with his knowledge. I would strongly recommend Issac without hesitation. Louise Waltman
William Sylk
Universal chimney lining is the best and most professional company have had the pleasure of using for any service on my home. My experience was top notch in every respect. I appreciated the honest and straight forward manner in which I was treated. Their work and ingenuity is impressive. I highly recommend them!
gabriella drexler
Isaac is exactly the kind of person you want to do business with. He is so honest, genuine, professional and sweet, it was a pleasure to have him service our chimney! So personable and real, my boyfriend and I felt like we’ve known him forever! 5 Stars.

Fireplace and chimney cleanings are recommended annually for all fireplaces, stoves, and oil/gas exhausts in use. Included with every cleaning is a dry (sweep) to remove all loose creosote and soot in chimney flue system and fireplace system. Complete safety inspections are included and reviewed with customer at every cleaning and servicing.

  • Prefabricated Fireplace
  • Masonry Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Oil Burning Flue System

Cleanliness, Safety, and Customer Service are our top priorities!

Universal Chimney specializes in chimney repairs that bring fireplaces and heater flues up to NFPA211 and IRC code guidelines. These repairs include Fireguard resurfacing, Smoke chamber parging, firebox repointing, damper repair and installation, relining, exterior pointing, and more. 

Masonry chimneys will experience degradation from time and use. Our harsh climate combined with expansion and contraction of masonry construction units will cause cracks and holes that must be repaired for safe use. 

Please call Universal Chimney for any questions regarding chimney repair or to schedule a free estimate.

Fireplace flue liners with cracks and open mortar joints can be dangerous when combined with any creosote buildup. A quick video inspection will assure that the fireplace is a tight system. In the case that these concerning cracks and holes are found, we can offer a great repair rather than an expensive new liner. 
UCL specializes in Fireguard by Firesafe industries resurfacing flue repair. 

The patented FireGuard pure ceramic system is certified, listed, and labeled to the previously published U.L. Subject 2425 by Guardian Fire Testing Laboratory Inc. (ISO 17025). The FireGuard system is specifically designed to correct open mortar joints, misaligned flue liners, and fractures within flue liners. 

Please refer to the manufacturer website for additional information or call UCL with any questions.

We install both aluminum or stainless steel chimney lining systems. We do recommend stainless steel products for quality. 

It is recommended that you install a new chimney liner in your chimney for one or more of the following reasons: 

  • Your appliance(s) are currently exhausting through a clay flue (pipe) system. These masonry flues develop cracks and holes over time. Excessive moisture from high efficiency appliance exhaust drastically accelerates masonry degradation which may lead to holes, blockages, and structural damage.
  • Heater flue is lined with old aluminum or other metal pipe that is showing signs of degradation.
  • No clay flue pipe exists in your chimney and so your appliances are venting through an open brick cavity. This is called “open chase” and is common in pre 1920’s construction.

Price is set by the diameter of pipe needed to vent the total combined BTU input of appliances being vented as well as height/length of the liner. Additional cost may be included with the installations requiring extensive staging for chimney access as well as for chimney liners larger than 5.5″ in diameter. 

* All 316Ti stainless steel chimney liners include a lifetime guarantee. 

Prices include replacement of damaged/corroded galvanized connector piping for appliances. More material costs may be applied if excessive connector piping needs replacement.

Our estimates are always free. Please call to schedule today!

We provide competitive pricing and never suggest unnecessary repairs.

We are always happy to offer multiple solutions for our customers needs when possible.

If you are seeking an inspection or certification for a U&O or a home sale we have extensive experience with this. Please call today to schedule. 

All inspections are based off of National Fire Protection Association 211 code for safe functioning chimneys. 

Inspection Levels

Below is an explanation of the three levels of inspections and what services your chimney service technician should provide for each level as defined by the NFPA 211:

Level One

If your appliance or your venting system has not changed and you plan to use your system as you have in the past, then a Level 1 inspection is a minimum requirement. A Level 1 inspection is recommended for a chimney under continued service, under the same conditions, and with the continued use of the same appliance. In a Level 1 inspection, your chimney service technician should examine the readily accessible portions of the chimney exterior, interior and accessible portions of the appliance and the chimney connection. Your technician will be looking for the basic soundness of the chimney structure and flue as well as the basic appliance installation and connections. The technician will also verify the chimney is free of obstruction and combustible deposits.

Level Two

A Level 2 inspection is required when any changes are made to the system. Changes can include a change in the fuel type, changes to the shape of, or material in, the flue (i.e. relining), or the replacement or addition of an appliance of a dissimilar type, input rating or efficiency. Additionally, a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of a property or after an operation malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. Building fires, chimney fires, seismic events as well as weather events are all indicators that this level of inspection is warranted. A Level 2 inspection is a more in-depth inspection than a Level 1 inspection.– When a Level 1 or Level 2 inspection suggests a hidden hazard and the evaluation cannot be performed without special tools to access concealed areas of the chimney or flue, a Level 3 inspection is recommended. A Level 3 inspection addresses the proper construction and the condition of concealed portions of the chimney structure and the flue. Removal or destruction, as necessary, of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure will be required for the completion of a Level 3 inspection. A Level 2 inspection includes everything in a Level 1 inspection, plus the accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior including attics, crawl spaces and basements. It will address proper clearances from combustibles in accessible locations. There are no specialty tools (i.e. demolition equipment) required to open doors, panels or coverings in performing a Level 2 inspection. A Level 2 inspection shall also include a visual inspection by video scanning or other means in order to examine the internal surfaces and joints of all flue liners incorporated within the chimney. No removal or destruction of permanently attached portions of the chimney or building structure or finish shall be required by a Level 2 inspection.

Level Three

A Level 3 inspection includes all the areas and items checked in a Level 1 and a Level 2 inspection, as well as the removal of certain components of the building or chimney where necessary. Removal of components (i.e., chimney crown, interior chimney wall) shall be required only when necessary to gain access to areas that are the subject of the inspection. When serious hazards are suspected, a Level 3 inspection may well be required to determine the condition of the chimney system. Inspection Definitions

Accessible: May require the use of commonly available tools to remove doors, panels or coverings, but will not damage the chimney or building structure or finish.

Readily Accessible: Exposed, or capable of being exposed, for operation, inspection, maintenance or repair without the use of tools to open or remove doors, panels or covering.

Chimney caps are important to protect the chimney flue system from water penetration, animal intrusion, and other natural elements.

Chimney caps can be multi-flue or single flue. Materials and finish options are stainless steel, black galvanized steel, and even copper.

Stainless steel fireplace lining systems may be installed if the fireplace flue liner is considerably degraded. We can often recommend to repair the clay flue liner as a more cost effective and less intrusive solution.

Fireplace liners are always sized properly with the opening of the fireplace as well as insulated for best efficiency and to satisfy required clearances to combustibles.

We are happy to offer Napoleon brand wood burning stoves and inserts. Napoleon provides the highest quality stoves with modern or classic looks at a great price! Please inquire for a catalogue or visit //napoleonfireplaces.com/

We are happy to offer Napoleon brand gas stoves and inserts. Napoleon provides the highest quality stoves with modern or classic looks at a great price! Please inquire for a catalogue or visit //napoleonfireplaces.com/

Lock top dampers are installed to effectively cut all air flow from the fireplace when not in use. This may save considerable money on the home heating bill!

Please call today to inquire about masonry repairs and to schedule a free estimate!

End of season fireplace cleaning $99 special!

Use your fireplace this season? Have us out to clean it now. Save money and save yourself from a smelly fireplace all summer! All cleanings come with a complete safety inspection.

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Isaac installed a chimney lining in my 50 year old house. His work was impeccable and clean.​
Jack C.
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They installed a chimney liner at my house and their prices were better than other companies​
Jaston T.
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Universal Chimney Lining and Universal Chimney is a full service chimney company serving greater philadelphia areas including Chester Delaware and Montgomery counties. Located in Paoli, PA.


Email: UCLPaoli@gmail.com

Phone: 484-321-3695

Address:104 Fairview Rd Paoli, PA

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