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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!

The Importance of Chimney Relining

Your liner is one of the most important part of your chimney. The liner has many important jobs, and it requires regular maintenance to function properly. When your liner wears out, it requires professional repairs or even a relining to restore it. However, in order to find the damage you must stay on top of your routine chimney inspections.

Common Liner Damage

The Importance of Chimney Relining - Chesapeake VA - Magic SweepChimney liners become damaged over time with worn out clay tiles, crumbling joints, and deteriorated lining systems. Animal intrusion, creosote buildup, and water damage are the most common causes of liner damage, and our chimney sweeps are experienced in diagnosing and repairing these problems.

Many older masonry chimneys have old and deteriorated clay tiles, and they may not have a liner at all. When this is the case, the system need to be relined. In some instances, the liner just needs minor repairs. It’s important to hire a professional for these repairs, and they can fix it swiftly and correctly.

Why Repair the Liner

Your chimney liner has an important job to do. It protects the house from heat that can weaken adjacent woodwork to cause an accidental fire. It protects your masonry from corrosive byproducts that can shorten the life of your chimney, drop its efficiency, and raise fire risk. A correctly-sized liner provides the flue with optimum airflow, efficiency, and safety. A relining is especially essential after a new installation to ensure the flue is the right size for new capacity.

Relining with Magic Sweep

In the past, the best solution for chimney relining is to pull the old liner out and replace it completely with a stainless steel liner. Stainless steel is the best option due to the durability, and it is safe for use with all fuel types. Because of the durability and dependability of stainless steel, they are the only liner with a lifetime warranty. The downside of stainless steel is the cost.

However, we do have other options as well. Our cast-in-place liners allow our customers to pay less money and get the same protection. If you’re interested in a cast-in-place liner, you should schedule a level two inspection right now with our chimney experts. Call Magic Sweep at 757-523-2400. Are you a realtor or property manager? We can work with you as well.

HeatShield Protects Your Chimney From Extreme Heat

All of the parts of your chimney system work together for one thing–to protect your home from fire and exposure to harmful gases. The chimney is made up of many parts that work together to keep it working properly year after year. One of the most important and somewhat overlooked parts of the system is the chimney liner, sometimes called the flue liner because it literally lines the flue. Replacing or repairing the liner can be expensive and time-consuming, but not when you use HeatShield. It protects your chimney from extreme heat, keeps the fire in its place, and is safe HeatShield Protects Your Chimney - Chesapeake VA - Magic Sweepfor use with all fuel types.

HeatShield Cerfractory Technology

This “cerfractory” technology was developed in Europe over 20 years ago and combines the strength of hybrid ceramic and the heat resistance of refractory cement. It comes to the chimney company as a dry powder, so we only mix what amount is necessary so we don’t waste any HeatShield and our customers don’t waste money. This product has been tested for heat resistance and strength, and is listed to UL 1777 standards for chimney liner systems in residential homes. We can use HeatShield to restore or line your chimney system this summer!

Chimney Cleaning with HeatShield

HeatShield Poultice Creosote Remover (PCR) [CeCure® Sleeve] is applied to the flue walls by using a custom-made foam applicator blade that is attached to a pulley at the top of the flue. As the blade is pulled upward, the HeatShield Poultice Creosote Remover is applied to the walls where it dissolves and absorbs creosote (even 3rd degree glazed creosote). Once it dries, it falls off the walls, leaving a clean surface. Once the flue is clean, HeatShield Cerfractory Flue Sealantcan be applied for heat protection.

Repairing the Liner with HeatShield

Joint Repair – A custom foam applicator is placed below the affected areas of the flue and attached to a pulley at the top. HeatShield Cerfractory Flue Sealant is placed in the applicator and it is pulled upward, depositing the sealant into voids and cracks. The applicator blade smooths the sealant as it is pulled upward.
Resurfacing – The custom foam applicator is placed all the way at the bottom of the flue, attached to the pulley at the top. First, a tie coat is applied to the flue to clean it, and then HeatShield Cerfractory Flue Sealant is applied to the entire flue at ¼ inch thickness as the applicator is pulled upward again. The job is double-checked with a video scan.
CeCure® Relining – Magic Sweep can reline the chimney system completely using CeCure® Sleeve Relining System. First, the HeatShield Cerfractory Flue Sealant is applied to the flue with a drying accelerator added. Next, a custom fitted CeCure® Sleeve is attached to the top, where it is positioned in place as the applicator blade is sent down again. Finally, another layer is applied over the CeCure® Sleeve to finish the job. The job is verified using a video scan. The CeCure® Sleeve Relining System is safe for use with all fuel types, and the CeCure® Sleeve itself is a high-density, low-profile ceramic insulation sleeve reinforced with stainless steel fabric.

Let Magic Sweep take care of your chimney with HeatShield. Call us at 757-523-2400 today or request an appointment online.