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Reducing Fire Hazards One Cleaning At A Time

At Magic Sweep Corp, it is our top priority to keep our customers safe and warm this winter and every winter. We are able to help our customers, friends, and neighbors accomplish this by offering important services to prevent fires. Your fireplace, clothes dryer, and HVAC systems are meant to add value to your home and your life. If they are neglected—even for a time—they can quickly take from that value, literally taking your home, health, or life in a preventable fire.

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At Magic Sweep, we keep our customers safe by cleaning chimneys, fireplaces, stoves, inserts, and more. Our comprehensive chimney care will cover any type of fuel or fire appliance in your home. When you schedule a chimney sweep with Magic Sweep, you can count on a convenient appointment time, a professional experience, and a complete sweeping from top to bottom. Our technician will start by using drop cloths to protect your furniture and floors, then clear away soot and creosote with brushes before collecting it with an industrial vacuuming system.

Clean Chimney Equals Safe Chimney

When your chimney is clean, it is safer. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that the chimneys that are cleaned and inspected regularly are the safest and most efficient. The worst thing about a flue fire is that it’s almost always preventable. Dangerous creosote that could’ve been removed ignites and results in a devastating fire. Debris from animals in the fireplace, creosote buildup, a drop in efficiency. All of these things can result in slowed airflow and high temperatures in the flue. There is still time this summer to schedule your chimney sweep so the fireplace and chimney are ready for safe fires this winter.

The Importance of a Clean Dryer Vent

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are nearly 3,000 clothes dryer fires each year. These fires result in 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. These fires often occur overnight, in winter, and peak in January. The most common cause? Failure to clean the unit and ventilation system. This means that the majority of these clothes dryer fires are preventable. Most homeowners haven’t had their clothes dryer vents cleaned since they’ve had their dryer! This is a disaster waiting to happen. Don’t leave your home and safety up to chance—leave it up to the professionals.

Clean Air Ducts for Winter

As your family heads inside for cold weather, you may want to consider cleaning your air ducts. This service usually includes a thorough cleaning of the HVAC system and air ducts, a check for leaks, and a mild sanitizer that kills bacteria in the ducts. Having clean air ducts can improve symptoms in people with respiratory illnesses and allergies. Checking for and repairing leaks can save you money in utilities. Additionally, our vacuum pressure duct cleaning system means a healthier environment for you and reduces your chance for a home fire.

The time is now. There are a few more weeks in the summer to schedule important services that can help keep your family and home safe this winter.

Call 757-523-2400 and ask a Magic Sweep professional how our cleaning services can help you.

The Areas We are Proud to Serve

If you reside in the Tidewater area of Virginia and coastal North Carolina, we consider you lucky. Our region is steeped in historical and cultural significance, natural beauty, multiple beautiful waterways, and exhaustive options for recreation and fun. We live and work in the area, serving communities reaching from Chesapeake, Virginia to the coast, down to Shawboro, North Carolina,two chimneys on a rooftop and to the coastal city of Harbinger, North Carolina.

Like our customers, we have to have flexible schedules. During the summer months, you can find the canals and rivers peppered with kayaks, the beaches packed with umbrellas and sand blankets, and neighborhoods and homeowners fitting home maintenance where they can in their packed schedules. We offer services year-round so that we can help keep our customers safe despite their busy schedules. Our customers and our employees enjoy taking time to enjoy the magical spare where we live and work.

Coastal Towns and Communities

We have a unique opportunity here to both live in a coastal region, and also explore tourist attractions from time to time. The area we serve is filled with small, unincorporated communities that are tucked between bigger cities that attract tourists almost year-round. What do these communities have that the big cities don’t? Residential neighborhoods, vacation homes, spaces that aren’t necessarily up for grabs on Air BNB. The homeowners we serve, live and work in the area and need to depend on our team for safety and comfort. It’s important to us to offer our coastal customers exactly what they need to stay safe while burning a fire in the fireplace as well as when it’s time to batten down the hatches for hurricane season.

Coastal Chimneys

Since our service area is historical, so are many of the homes. The houses our techs go into for routine services are 100+ years old, and so are the chimneys. It is our job to make sure they continue to last, continue to work and to work well. Coastal air can be quite damaging to masonry, but we offer services such as masonry waterproofing, which can protect your masonry from water penetration year after year. We also install chimney caps that are specifically designed for this climate and to withstand high winds.

Magic Sweep Serving Coastal Virginia and North Carolina

Our customers in the Tidewater area know us and we know them. We’ve been serving the small and large communities here for over 35 years and will continue for many more. Our customers keep choosing Magic Sweep for complete satisfaction. All of our customers are guaranteed a convenient appointment time that works for them, a prompt technician who will arrive on time and not keep you waiting, the highest level of professionalism and cleanliness, and complete peace of mind.

We know it can be nerve-racking letting a stranger into your home. That’s why we don’t want to be strangers! Let’s be friends. Call Magic Sweep at 757-523-2400 to schedule services for your home or for a property you manage.

About Our Associations and Awards

When it comes to buying in America, you have limitless information at your fingertips. Consumers are more prepared and informed than ever when considering products and services. There are online reviews to peruse, customer testimonials, checks for credentials, and more. When our customers are looking for a surgeon to remove their appendix, we hope they choose one who has great reviews, appropriate training, and valid licensure. The same care should be taken to choose the professional who will be servicing your fireplace and chimney—easily one of the most dangerous things in your home when not cared for or installed correctly. When you’re scheduling services with a chimney professional, choose the best.

Certified Chimney Sweeps at Magic Sweep

When you schedule chimney services with Magic Sweep, you can count on a technician with experience, training in the field and the classroom, and valid certifications with verifiable credentials. As CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps, we are able to offer our customers thorough reports that will be recognized and useful to your real estate attorney, REALTOR, code department, homeowner’s insurance, and more. In order to maintain our certification with CSIA, we have to recertify through testing or continuing education courses every three years. This keeps us ahead of a fast-changing industry and helps us offer the best and newest technologies and tools to our customers.

Professional Affiliations that Matter

Aside from our various certifications and education (both individually and collectively), we also hold memberships in the National Chimney Sweep Guild, Virginia Association of Chimney and Hearth Professionals, National Air Duct Cleaners Association, Qualified Gas Contractors, and the National Fire Protection Association. These memberships and affiliations help us to further our mission to bring down the frequency of residential fires, spread awareness about chimney safety, and to network with other professionals in our industry doing the same.

Endorsed by the Better Business Bureau

Magic Sweep is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, with zero customer complaints, an A+ rating, and more than 42 years of verified business. You can also find Magic Sweep on Angie’s List, from which we’ve earned the Super Service Award in 2011, 2012, and 2017.

When it comes to your chimney system, you need to choose the best professionals, best products, and important services that keep your system working properly and safely. When you choose Magic Sweep, you are choosing from your own friends and neighbors. Our best and most satisfying membership is that of living in our own service area.

If you live in the Tidewater area, you’ve likely seen us around, shopping, taking in sporting events, dropping our kids off at school, and attending church. Our number one priority for our customers, friends, and neighbors in the Tidewater area is safety. That is why we hold certifications and memberships that help us do this job properly.

We can clean your dryer vents, repair your chimney, complete routine maintenance that keeps your home running safely and smoothly, and we can do it all year-round. Just give us a call at 757-523-2400 or request an appointment online.

Learn More About Our Associations and Awards

When searching for a mechanic for your car, you often seek out the one that is 1) covered by insurance 2) trained in your brand of car, and 3) someone with good reviews. It almost never depends on the cost, because when you’re talking about your safety on the road and the longevity of your car, consumers are willing to pay for better work. Today’s access to the internet makes it nearly Chimney Safety Institute of America logoimpossible to make blind decisions about who you will pay to do a service. We know we work in a competitive market, that local handymen and amateurs are offering the same services that are on our website. Magic Sweep has made excellence a top priority for over 35 years, and it shows.

Certifications and Continued Educations

Our team at Magic Sweep is the best in the area and has well over 100,000 homes under its belt. We work for our community here in Hampton Roads/Tidewater. To continue being the best our members are CSIA certified, meaning they are classroom and field training, tested in both chimney science and fire safety code, and recertify every three years through testing or continuing education courses. In addition to being certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), we are also members of various industry organizations.

Organizations To Note

As members of trades organizations, we gain valued resources as well as the support of the chimney community as a whole. Among these professionals chimney safety and advancement is at the forefront of the conversation. We are members of the National Chimney Sweep Guild, The Virginia Association of Chimney & Hearth Professionals, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Besides chimney service organizations, we are also members of the National Air Duct Cleaners Association. With the support of our team and the entire community of tradesmen, we are more capable of keeping up with this changing industry and keeping our customers safe in the process.

Awards of Excellence

It’s the goal of every small business in America to get an A+ from the Better Business Bureau and if you search for Magic Sweep, that’s exactly what you’ll find. In addition to our BBB rating, we are proud to have earned the Super Service Award in 2011, 2012, and 2017 from Angie’s List. These awards are satisfying because unlike the BBB, Angie’s List ratings are based solely on customer feedback and work performed. Since we hope to be the best, we’re glad our customers and community can see that through these types of consumer websites.

Magic Sweep in Chesapeake, Virginia

If you reside in our service area and own or manage a property with a dryer vent, chimney or fireplace, we can service it now. Our team works to be prompt, convenient, and professional at every single appointment and trained and experienced in our trade. When you choose Magic Sweep, you choose your neighbors because we live and work right here in the Tidewater area. Contact a Magic Sweep professional now to schedule your service.

Add Value to Your Home with an Outdoor Fireplace

It does not matter if you’ve owned your home for a decade or a day, you can still add value by adding a fireplace. The trick is to choose the best location, top-ranked products, and professional installation for it. You can have the outdoor space of your dreams when you start your plan with our professionals.

At Magic Sweep, we sell, build, and install outdoor fireplaces to fit any space. With a new outdoor fireplace, you can be the life of the neighborhood, and you can host parties, holiday gatherings, barbecues, and more. Whether you’re looking to add a gas fireplace, a wood fireplace, or a standard firepit, Magic Sweep has it all.

Location, Location, Location!

brick outdoor fireplaceWhen you start to plan your new outdoor fireplace, you must first choose the ideal location. If you have a patio, garden, or deck, you may already know where you want the fireplace. One of our fire experts can help you determine the best place to install it, and what size and model will bring value and comfort to your space. Fire appliances, firepits, and fireplaces should be installed on a concrete and level base. It’s important to find your ideal location before you make the purchase.

Fuel Type: What is Right for You?

Many homeowners enjoy a yellow, crackling fire in an outdoor fireplace, chimenea, or firepit. This is a great option if you have access to your own wood sources, as woodfire units should only use properly seasoned wood. When you burn other debris, products, or fuel in a woodfire unit, this can cause damage to it and unsafe conditions for your guests.

Gas units are growing in popularity for both indoor and outdoor use. It is the cleanest burning fuel option for fire appliances,  and it offers freedom and convenience for homeowners. Gas fire pits and fireplaces can be installed in walls, on counters, tables, firepits, torches, and more. The possibilities are endless. When you plan your outdoor space with us,  you can count on the best products, service, and outcome.

Professional Installation, Professional Care

Even if a fireplace is outdoors, it poses a threat to your home and property if it isn’t properly installed and maintained. Your warranty may depend on professional maintenance, and your homeowner’s insurance may require it. Don’t risk your safety and comfort. Schedule your installation with our CSIA certified professionals and rest assured that your system is properly installed and ready for use.

If you reside in the Hampton Roads or Tidewater area, and you are looking to liven up the yard, garden, or patio with a new fireplace, look no further than Magic Sweep. We can help you upgrade your property for a sale or refinance. Request an appointment online or call 757-523-2400 today!