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What to Expect During a Chimney Sweep

There are homeowners across the country who do not schedule professional services simply because they do not want strangers in their house and don’t know what to expect if they do. Others neglect necessary maintenance thinking it a waste of time and money. Nothing could be further from the truth when chimneys are concerned. Routine maintenance is paramount when it comes to a safe and efficient chimney. Schedule your inspection now, and rest assured your system is ready for another burn season.

CSIA InspectionsWhat to expect during a chimney sweeping.

When it comes to chimney inspections, you get what you pay for. A home inspection may include an overall assessment of chimney soundness, but unless completed by a professional, it will not be worthwhile. CSIA inspections are completed by a CSIA certified chimney sweep and include an assessment of the system from top to bottom. There are 3 levels of inspection, and unless there is a problem with your system or changes made, you only need a level one. This standard inspection is often included in a standard chimney sweep and includes all readily accessible portions of the chimney, including the exterior masonry.

What to Expect During Level Two or Three

While a level one inspection covers all the readily accessible portions of the system, a level two includes all the accessible portions through doors, panels, and in attics and basements. A level two is required when there have been problems, repairs, or installations with the chimney system, when the fuel type is changed, or when a natural occurrence such as a tornado or fire affects the system. A level two inspection is also required when property is sold or transferred. It includes a video scan which provides a detailed look at the entire interior portion of the system. Using a video scan, a chimney professional can provide a detailed report so that hazards are identified and repaired swiftly.
During a level three inspection, your chimney professional may need to remove components of the chimney structure or house to gain access to the hazard. This may include removing the crown, masonry, or even walls to access and repair the suspected hazard.

When you schedule an inspection with Magic Sweep you count on professional services every time. A certified and trained technician will arrive at your home at the appointed time and set up at the fireplace opening for the assessment. You’ll need to clear out space around the hearth in order to make room for the technician and any supplies required. Your sweep will bring with him drop cloths to protect the floor, brushes to clean the system, and a high-powered vacuuming system to contain the mess. You don’t have to worry about the house getting messy in the process! Our goal is to assess only and clean up our mess before we go.

What you can expect after a chimney sweep is that your chimney system will be ready for burn season. It will work more efficiently after being cleaned, and you can rest assured that it is safe for use for one more year.

Call Magic Sweep at 757-523-2400 or request an appointment online to get started today.

We Work With Realtors and Property Managers

It’s not just homeowners who need chimney and air duct services. At Magic Sweep we want to help homes in the Hampton Roads and Tidewater area stay safe from accidental fires–now and later. That’s why we work with realtors and property managers, offering all our services year-round with convenient scheduling, key drop-off and pick-up, and billing services.

Routine ServicesRealtor holding key and mini house to show the transfer of property

Chimney Sweeps – We clean chimneys no matter what the time of year. For our realtors and property managers we can pick up keys and complete the work at your convenience. Using a vacuuming system and special rods and brushes, our technician cleans the chimney from top to bottom. Our chimney sweeps clear the entire space of creosote and soot, ashes, and any other debris left in the chimney system. What’s more? Our sweeps are GUARANTEED to leave your home as clean or cleaner than when we arrived. No soot, creosote, or ash will creep into your home with our efficient system.
Chimney Inspections – It’s important for realtors (and homeowners) to know the difference between a home inspection and a chimney inspection. When you’re buying or selling a home, it should have a chimney inspection completed by a certified chimney professional. A level two inspection is required before the sale or transfer of property. Our sweeps are CSIA certified and can complete CSIA inspections before, during, or after the sale is final–and our level two inspections include a video scan of the entire interior of the system.
Installations and Repairs – Not only do we install new fire appliances, but we also repair them. Our staff at Magic Sweep can repair damages big or small. When you hire Magic Sweep for all of your chimney care, we can catch and diagnose minor damage before it’s a major hazard. Then, we can make small repairs that cost you less, and will get the house back on the market! When a poorly-maintained system is in disrepair, we can work with that too. Just work with one of our fireplace experts to find the best appliance that will fit your space, offer beautiful flames and convenient functions, and put your new listing or property at the top of everyone’s dream list.

Enhance a Property with a New Fireplace

Even if the house you’re listing or the one you manage doesn’t have a fireplace, you can add one! When you add a fireplace to a property, it brings up the value, provides supplemental heat for homeowners and tenants, and choosing new, efficient appliances can improve efficiency and safety. Our products, including fireplaces, inserts, stoves, and gas logs can bring life to the house. They can fit into any space, and can create a new and fabulous look for the space you’re selling.

If you’re a realtor or property manager in Hampton Roads and Tidewater, fill out our online request form, or download our Service Request Form today.

Why Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned?

There are plenty of reasons to get a professional air ducts cleaning for your air ducts! Your central air unit cycle the same air throughout your home every single day. If the air is dirty, that dirty air is being cycled through your home two to three times every hour. The only way to prevent dirty air from circulating throughout the home is to make sure to get your air ducts professionally cleaned. It especially helps family members with asthma, prevents “dust bunnies” from collecting in corners and under furniture, and it can even prevent unwanted illnesses.

When to Schedule Cleaning

dust bunnies being swept upAccording to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors. Clean air ducts help to prevent illnesses and more. In fact, science shows that indoor air is often more easily polluted than outside air! There are many factors that affects poor air quality inside your home, but a professional air ducts cleaning can make all the difference.

  • Rodents and Roaches – Any type of infestation can cause poor air quality. Mice, roaches, spiders, and other bugs and animals leave droppings and urine in your air ducts. And this cause poor air quality, which circulates through your home.
  • Pets – Pet dander (fur) contributes to many allergies. However, clean air ducts help to avoid these problems.
  • Water Damage – A leak in the bathroom, kitchen, or from your roof can all lead to air duct problems. Mold and mildew inside air ducts can cause spores and bacteria to pollute the air in your home. These microscopic bacteria contribute to respiratory problems and ongoing symptoms.
  • Environmental Pollution – Wildfires, smog, and other types of air pollution such as dust can make its way into your home, where it is circulated throughout your central air and heating system.
  • Other signs such as dust bunnies in corners and furniture, vent covers covered in dry or oily dust or even mold, and a filter that dirties quickly are all signs for you to schedule a professional air ducts cleaning service.

Magic Sweep Can Sweep the Dirt Away

Magic Sweep cleans air ducts year-round, we know the importance of efficient central air and heat systems as they are part of your everyday living. We want homes in and around Tidewater and Hampton Roads to be free of pollutants and contaminants that are harmful. We are here to help you to have clean air ducts. Our technicians at Magic Sweep use a vacuum pressure duct cleaning system that utilizes negative pressure to pull out every contaminant and speck of debris inside your air ducts system.

If you’re ready to crank up your heater for fall and spend more time indoors as the weather cools, make sure your air ducts is clean. We can clean them to protect your family, call Magic Sweep today at 757-523-2400.

The Mantel of Your Choice

Now is the time to start thinking about your fireplace. For most homes, the fireplace is the focal point. A beautiful and stylish hearth is the best backdrop for family photos, and it also adds ambiance and warmth to family gatherings. If you’re unhappy with your current fireplace, in the middle of a remodel, or want to upgrade your appliance for better efficiency, you can also install a new mantel. When you choose a new mantel, it will tie together the entire look of your dream fireplace.

Fireplace Facelift

The Mantel of Your Choice - Chesapeake VA - Magic Sweep CorporationYou don’t have to change appliances or rebuild your fireplace to have a facelift. You can upgrade your existing fireplace by having it re-faced by a professional. The certified chimney sweeps at Magic Sweep are trained and experienced in beautifying your fireplace through small cosmetic fixes or through refacing it completely. This process includes the removal of the current facing and replacing it with the new facing of your choice. We have a whole selection of stone or brick for our customers to choose from, and we can install in any design for you.

Your Dream Fireplace

When you choose to work with us, you can rest assured that you will get the best services in the area. Our team won’t stop until you have the fireplace of your dreams. We can install the mantel of your choice and bring your vision to life. We can bring life and warmth into your home in a whole new way with a new mantel.

Your mantel can be constructed of various materials. Some homeowners prefer a decorative hearth with no ledge, and others want a large mantel to compliment and hold decorations. Our professionals can construct a mantel from proper materials, and then they can face it with the brick or stone of your choice. The type of fireplace or appliance that you have determine how our chimney sweep constructs your mantel, but you can rest assured that we can get the job done properly and safely!

Start With the Professionals

Don’t hesitate to call the professionals when you’re planning to change your fireplace or chimney system. At Magic Sweep, we service, repair, and rebuild fireplaces year round. If you wait until fall, we can’t guarantee your fireplace will be ready in time for the cold. Call us right away if you are planning on changing your fireplace,  so our fireplace experts can help you make the best and safest choices for your home. Stop by our showroom to check out our fireplaces and mantels or call 757-523-2400 to learn more!

Tired of Your Wood-Burning Fireplace? Convert to Gas!

A wood-burning fireplace brings ambiance and warmth into your home, but it requires a lot of work and upkeep to properly maintain. Many homeowners opt for a gas fireplace because of their efficiency and convenience, and we don’t blame them. If you’re tired of wood-burning fireplaces and want to convert to gas, now is the best time.

Converting to Gas

Tired of Your Wood-Burning Fireplace Convert to Gas - Chesapeake VA - Magic Sweep With only a few weeks left before cool weather arrives, there is still time to convert from wood to gas. Magic Sweep sells gas fire products, and we can help you decide the best product for your home.

An growing and popular option is the gas log set. They are easy to light, control, and extinguish, and offer a great amount of heat. Ideally, if the chimney is in good shape, the logs can be placed in the existing fireplace and look as realistic as your wood fire. When gas logs are venting through existing chimney system, you can opt for yellow flame logs. They are more realistic and offer more heat. If your chimney is in disrepair, we can install blue flame logs which can burn safely indoors without affecting air quality.

Like gas logs, a gas insert is placed directly into the wood-burning fireplace to convert to gas. A professional takes specific measurements of the existing fireplace, and the new insert is retrofitted into the firebox. Once installed, the insert is piped up through the chimney so the fireplace burns safely and efficiently.

Whether your wood-burning fire is a stove or fireplace, you can convert to gas by installing a gas stove. A professional chimney sweep from Magic Sweep can help you pick out the perfectly-sized gas stove to match the heat output of your wood stove. They can even install a gas stove into your existing fireplace.

Benefits of Gas

The benefits of choosing gas never stop! Whether you choose a gas log set, stove, or insert, the possibility is endless. Choosing gas eliminates the need to cut, haul, and store firewood. There is also no ash to shovel, carry, and dispose of. There is less soot and creosote produced, and they require less professional service appointments.

Once Magic Sweep installs your new gas fire appliance, we can also service them for the life of your home! Give the professionals a call for your gas services and your installations today!