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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!

All the Benefits of a Chimney Cap

It’s that time of the year when the chimney isn’t in use, and now you can really evaluate how your chimney cap is doing. Whether you have a custom cap that prevents drafts from affecting your utility bill or a top seal damper that closes the flue off with an airtight seal. Your cap works for you even when the fireplace is not in use. At Magic Sweep, we sell and install the best products on the market, and our caps are no different. When we install a cap, it is made of the best materials and built to last.

Caps Keep Water Out

chimney capWithout a cap at the top of the flue, there is a direct opening for rainwater to fall into the flue. This means rain during spring and summer, snow and sleet during winter, and everything in between can enter through your chimney. Without the cap, water will fall into the flue and immediately begin damaging the chimney.

Water is an enemy of the chimney and causes stains, rust, deterioration, mold, mildew, odors, and more. The biggest factor to consider when choosing to cap your chimney is this: capped chimneys last longer. This is because water wreaks havoc on the masonry chimney, leading to costly and dangerous damage.

Caps Keep Animals Out

During all seasons, there are various critters—small and large—that seek refuge in chimneys across the U.S. During the spring, these little animals and birds find their way into your flue to nest. Sometimes, they leave on their own, other times, they can make their way into the home through the fireplace and could die in it.

If this is the case, you will need to call a professional to have it checked after the animal is gone. A chimney sweeping appointment will ensure the flue is clean of fur, feathers, nesting materials, droppings, or other debris. You will also need an inspection so that damage to the flue liner can be assessed and repaired. The best way to prevent the damage caused by intruding animals is to prevent it altogether. A properly installed chimney cap will prevent large and small animals from entering your chimney.

Caps Keep Fire in its Place

A hot fire will push sparks and embers up the flue, sometimes the spark could escape the chimney. This can lead to accidental fires when debris on the roof is ignited or dry grasses in the yard or even nearby yards ignite. The same metal mesh of our chimney cap that keeps animals out of the flue can also keep the fire in. As these sparks hit the metal, they are extinguished and sent back down the flue into the fireplace. When the chimney is properly capped, you never have to worry about your fireplace being a hazard.

If you reside in Hampton Roads/Tidewater area and own or manage a property, we can help protect the property by installing a quality chimney cap for you today. Call Magic Sweep Corp. today at 757-523-2400 and ask us about our chimney caps today!

The Enemy of Masonry Chimneys

No matter how well or strong your chimney was built, water can wreak havoc in a minute. Masonry chimneys are made with a variety of materials, all of which are affected by a common enemy: water. Water can put your chimney out of commission, causing costly damages. These damages affect not only your chimney, but they also affect the rest of your home as well. Don’t let water bring your chimney or home down. Give the team at Magic Sweep a call to learn more about preventative measures to protect against water.

Leaky Chimneys and Your Home

masonry chimney on red roofNo matter where your home could be experiencing a leak, there is a high chance it is coming from your chimney. Many homeowners are first inclined to call a plumber or a roofer when they find a leak. However, they should actually call the chimney professionals first. Water enters your home through the chimney system, travels through walls, ceilings, and floors, pulls at the lowest point, and finally forms a leak.

When you call a general contractor or roofer, you may have the water damage repaired, but these professionals are not trained and certified chimney professionals. It takes a certified chimney sweep to diagnose chimney problems and repair chimney leak damages. Our team at Magic Sweep Corp. diagnoses leaky chimneys, can correct the problem at the source, and fix the issue.

Common Causes for Chimney Leaks

When you call a chimney professional because of a leaky chimney, the first thing we’ll check is the flashing. It’s most commonly installed improperly and even flashing that is correctly installed can become dislodged due to severe weather or animal tampering. If the leak isn’t caused from the flashing, it may be the cap is damaged or missing, the crown is cracked or otherwise damaged, or the masonry itself is spalling and allowing water to penetrate the chimney walls.

Preventing Water Damage

The best thing you can do for your chimney system is to prevent water damage. Water is the biggest enemy of the chimney. Water leaks in the chimney cause rusted parts and assemblies, deterioration of metal fixtures and components, rotting wood and ruined walls, water stains, clogs, decay, and even settlements.

The damage caused by a leak will not only affect your chimney, but your furniture, walls, ceilings, and floors, and sometimes even your personal belongings. The easiest way to prevent the cost and bother of a chimney leak and all its damage is prevention. You can prevent chimney leaks by:

  • Scheduling annual chimney inspections
  • Completing repairs in a timely manner
  • Installing flashing, caps, and crowns when necessary
  • Waterproof masonry with a water repellant

Call the Team at Magic Sweep

At Magic Sweep, our goal is safety and comfort for all of our customers. We want your chimney to work well, correctly, and for the life of your home. Your chimney will last longer when you take the preventative measures to stop leaks. We waterproof chimneys, repair masonry, install protective components, and more. Ask a chimney expert about waterproofing your chimney by calling Magic Sweep at 757-523-2400 today!