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We Offer Three Levels of Chimney Inspections

Chimney inspections are what keeps homes and businesses safe in the way that inspections keep car manufacturers accountable with certain safety standards and keep owners accountable for safety on the road. The industry standard for chimney safety and efficiency is the CSIA inspection, and we stand by it. That’s why we offer the three levels of chimney inspections which cover all the bases.

Level One

A level one inspection is necessary annually even when there aren’t changes made to the system, no problems noticed, and it is used in the same manner as always. This inspection is an examination of all readily accessible portions of the chimney exterior and interior and connections. After a level one inspection, the homeowner can rest assured that the flue is free of deposits and obstructions and it is safe for another year of use.

Level Two

The level two inspection is required when a problem is noticed during a level one inspection. It is also required before the sale or transfer of property, when changes have been made to the system, and if there has been any occurrence that can affect the system such as tornado or flue fire. A level two inspection includes all that in a level one in addition to the accessible portions of the chimney that are in the attic, basement, or crawlspace. A level two inspection also includes a video scan which provides footage of the entire system.

Level Three

If a hazard is detected in a level one or two inspection, a level three is necessary to gain access so that a professional can assess and repair the problem. During a level three inspection your chimney sweep may need to remove components of the home or chimney to gain access to the suspected hazard. This may include removal of the crown, chimney wall, or other wood or panels. This inspection is warranted when a serious hazard is suspected and should not be overlooked.

Magic Sweep Inspections

The best thing you can do for your home and family is to schedule a chimney inspection this spring. According to the two most trusted organizations in the industry, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the safest and most efficient chimneys are those that are serviced regularly. We provide these services because we value our customers. Keep your chimney system properly maintained and you’ll need fewer service appointments. Schedule inspections annually and any problems will be caught early and corrected easily.

Whether you’re a homeowner, a REALTOR, or property manager, call and schedule a Magic Sweep inspection now. Dial 757-523-2400 or request an appointment online.

National Fire Prevention Week Oct 8-14

Fires cannot be prevented 100 percent of the time, and no matter the cause or the location, they result in loss of health, life, and property. Fires are deadly, and according to US Fire Administration , it was to blame for 3,275 deaths, almost 16,000 injuries, and $11.6 billion in property loss in 2014. That year there were 1,298,000 reported fires, which showed a significant decrease since 2005. Less fires, means less loss, but this number is still too high. That is why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) makes it a priority to raise awareness each October during the National Fire Prevention Week.

Community Awareness

During National Fire Prevention Week October 8-14, your children may learn about fire prevention in school. The local fire department may put on activities for families and the community, and even your local government may get involved. This is a time to talk about fears, plans, and prevention. This annual event can be a reminder to change smoke alarm batteries, and brush up on the family emergency plan . Whatever you do, there are many resources available to help you discuss fire danger with your family. Visit for information and print-outs, activities for children, and more.

Fire Prevention

You can decrease your fire risk by being vigilant about home management. Neglecting appliances like the clothes dryer or heat appliances can result in fire. Neglecting routine upkeep like replacing faulty wiring and electrical boxes can also result in fire. You should never operate a fireplace, stove, or clothes dryer during the night. Most fires happen while the family is asleep, and escape is less likely. Other things you can do is to hire professionals to clean your dryer vent and chimney systems.

Fire Safety Tips

  • Schedule routine chimney sweeps and inspections to insure your system is clean and safe for use.
  • Burn only properly seasoned wood in your fireplace, insert, or stove. Burning other items can decrease efficiency, increase fire risk, and create more pollution.
  • Keep decorations and furniture away from the hearth and chimney. Place large items far enough away that they cannot reach the flame even if they fall.
  • Use the damper or glass doors to control an unruly flame.
  • Always use certified products and services to ensure they have been tested and adhere to local and federal safety regulations.
  • Practice fire safety and make sure your family and guests practice fire safety.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms, and replace the batteries twice per year.

House fires, RV fires, apartment fires, and wildfires are not always preventable. Not all fires are predictable or preventable, but a chimney fire is. If you maintain your chimney system and use it properly, you should not have a chimney fire. It is our goal at Magic Sweep to keep your fire safely within the fireplace. Call Magic Sweep to find out how we can keep your family safe and warm this winter.