Rightway Builders Chimney Saviors Review

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

- Richard

Richard and JR Balliger of Rightway Builders stand in front of a fireplace, covered in soot, holding chimney sweepers.

Crafting and Rescuing Chimneys for Over 20 Years

By Daniel Weizmann

NAMERichard Balliger
PHONE NUMBER(818) 618-0678
SERVICES PROVIDEDChimneys & Fireplaces, Chimney Sweeping & Cleaning, Wood Stoves, Outdoor Fireplaces, Barbeque & BBQ, Fire Pits, Chimney Construction & Repair, Landscape Construction, Rebuild, Chimney Repair, Chimney Reconstruction, Fire Box, Brick, Creosote, Smoke, Draught, Draft, Masonry, Flue, Leak Detection, Inserts, Liners, Fire Rings, Draw, Cement, Fire Safety, Seismic Retrofitting
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18 User Reviews
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  • Quality of Work
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Kathy C.

Hollywood Hills - December 19, 2019

I found Chimney Saviors in N2N. They did a super good job and I really liked the workers! They lined and braced our chimney and rebuilt the inner box. They gave good inspection and brought the fireplace up to level where we could use it. They went above and beyond what we had expected. They had to make a custom brace and they repainted the trim around the yard. They were really responsive, too. The fireplace is beautiful. I would recommend them to anyone. I had gotten a bid from someone else, and we saved quite a bit of money by going with Chimney Saviors.

Will V

Wilshire Park - December 12, 2019

Chimney Saviors tore down my fireplace and reconstructed it. They are clean, helpful, nice people and they did the job on time and on budget. The quality of work was great. I have nothing but positive things to say about them!


Bronson Canyon - December 12, 2019

Chimney Saviors do fantastic work. I would recommend them. I didn't compare pricing because they came recommended to me and I saw them in Neighbor2Neighbor. Their service was awesome. They were prompt and they did what they said they would do.


Hollywood Hills - December 6, 2019

Chimney Saviors did outstanding work on an old house -- on time and at a lower price than other companies bidding on the project. They worked on two chimneys and fireplaces requiring structural and cosmetic work and both are working great now.

Adam Janeiro

West Adams - December 5, 2019

I’m always working with late 19th and early 20th century structures. Chimneys are nearly always compromised. So many contractors want to tear them out and start over. Chimneys are not only systems within a building but they are also part of visual aesthetics. I hire Rightway Builders Chimney Saviors because of their preservation-minded outlook. They are middle path guys, not extremists or alarmists—very reasonable. They never try to upsell and the quality of work is great.

Anthony L

Los Angeles - December 5, 2019

I work for a company that does high-end renovations and restoration of older homes. Rightway Builders Chimney Saviors has been working with us for many years. We hire them for anything fireplace related depending on the specifics of the job. They’ve done fireplace renovations, new installations, and all kinds of maintenance for us. I feel like their pricing is really good—in fact, I feel like some other companies are more expensive but offer lower quality work. I’m always pleased with the quality of Chimney Savior’s work.

Glenn Brown

Sierra Madre - August 31, 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.

Richard Marthe

Pasadena - August 31, 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 - August 31, 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.

Max N.

Brentwood - August 17, 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.

G. Parodi

Sherman Oaks - August 17, 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.

Kaitlin McHugh

Silver Lake - August 11, 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!

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.c

Kerry Andrews

Northwest Glendale - November 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.

Frank R.

Sunland - November 22, 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.

Rich Chirco

West Hills - November 21, 2013

I found Chimney Saviors in the Yellow Pages, talked to J.R. and he 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.

Gladys L.

Tarzana - November 18, 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.

Chris Tearpak

Valley Village - November 18, 2013

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.

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