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Does Magic Sweep Serve All of Virginia?

Chimneys are an important part of every household that has a fireplace. In Chesapeake, Virginia, wood heat has a long history that reaches back to the colonial period. If you’re a homeowner in the area, and you have an older home, you probably have a traditional open fireplace that needs routine attention in order to work safely and efficiently. If your house is equipped with a new gas appliance, it still needs to be inspected annually in order to prevent issues and hazards. While you’re living your life—enjoying your summers, preparing for winter and holidays, spring cleaning, and more—the last thing you want to worry about is the safety and function of your chimney system. Find a professional that is licensed, insured, and certified to clean, repair, and inspect chimneys in the area.

Magic Sweep Corporation Serves Greater Chesapeake

You can call Magic Sweep if you live in the Chesapeake, Virginia area and need services year-round. Magic Sweep serves Virginia zip codes including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Yorktown, Poquoson, Isle of Wight, and Franklin; and North Carolina zip codes including Currituck County, Aydlett, Barco, Coinjock, Corolla, Currituck, Grandy, Harbinger, Jarvisburg, Knotts Island, Maple, Moyock, Point Harbor, Poplar Branch, Powells Point, and Shawboro.

Are you unsure whether or not Magic Sweep is servicing your area? If you live in one of the following zip codes, you can call now and schedule your appointment:
23320, 23321, 23322, 23323, 23324, 23325, 23326, 23327, 23328, 23450, 23451, 23452, 23453, 23454, 23455, 23456, 23457, 23458, 23459, 23460, 23461, 23462, 23463, 23464, 23465, 23466, 23467, 23471, 23479, 23501, 23502, 23503, 23504, 23505, 23506, 23507, 23508, 23509, 23510, 23511, 23513, 23514, 23515, 23517, 23518, 23519, 23520, 23521, 23523, 23529, 23541, 2355, 23701, 23702, 23703, 23704, 23705, 23707, 23708, 23709, 23432, 23433, 23434, 23435, 23436, 23437, 23438, 23439, 23630, 23631, 23633, 23634, 23635, 23636, 23637, 23638,23651, 23639, 23661, 23662, 23663, 23664, 23665, 23666, 23667, 23668, 23669, 23670, 2368, 23601, 23602, 23603, 23605, 23606, 23607, 23608, 23609, 23612, 23628, 23690, 23691, 23692, 23693, 23662, 23397, 23851, 27916, 27917, 27923, 27927, 27929, 27939, 27941, 27947, 27950, 27956, 27958, 27964, 27965, 27966, 27973.

Magic Sweep is the #1 choice for comprehensive chimney care in all of our service areas. Our sweeps are certified, experienced, and know the fire safety standards of our communities. If you need chimney maintenance and you don’t see your zip code on our list, we may be able to work it out, or we can find a professional in the area that can help.

Magic Sweep is CSIA certified and you can schedule services now. Call and speak with a chimney expert at 757-523-2400 today, or schedule online now.

The Importance of Air Duct Cleaning

The new year has begun and it’s time to think about home maintenance in 2018. Many homeowners wait until spring to complete an extensive list of spring cleaning, but this may be a mistake when it comes to dryer vent maintenance. There are nearly 3,000 home clothes dryer fires reported each year. They account for an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. Failure to clean the dryer vent is the leading cause of clothes dryer fires. When do they happen? The highest number of clothes dryer fires occur in January, and they occur overnight when families are asleep. Fires are more dangerous when they occur during the night. Fortunately, dryer vent fires are preventable, and there are signs of warning before it may occur.

Signs Your Dryer Vent Needs Cleaning

  • Your dryer takes more than one cycle to dry a moderately-sized load
  • Your dryer is hot to the touch and puts heat into your house
  • Your clothes are hot (not warm) when you take them out of the dryer
  • Condensation collects on surfaces and walls in your laundry room
  • Your vent hood doesn’t flap open freely the way it should
  • You notice a burning smell while the dryer is running
  • Your dryer vent wasn’t professionally installed
  • Your dryer vent hasn’t been cleaned in the last 12 months

All of these occurrences mean your dryer vent needs a professional service in order to prevent fire and property loss, save you money on utilities, repairs, and new appliances.

When you choose Magic Sweep to clean your dryer vent, you can rest assured that your dryer will work properly and efficiently—and last. Your dryer should last ten years, but when it takes 2-3 cycles to dry one load, it shortens the life of the appliance by 2-3 times! It also costs 2-3 times more than it should in electricity. The more your dryer is used, the faster the heating element will wear out, requiring repairs. If you have recurring dryer vent clogs, you may have an issue with the vent itself. If it wasn’t professionally installed, it is likely installed incorrectly.

Seven Facts About Dryer Safety that You May Not Know

  1. Dryer ducts should be 4 inches minimum
  2. Dryer ducts should not exceed 25 feet (90-degree turns are equivalent to 5 feet in length)
  3. Dryer vents should be independent of other household systems and terminate outdoors, not into chimneys, crawlspaces, or attics
  4. The dryer vent hood should prevent backdraft
  5. Metal transition ducts should be used between the dryer and exhaust duct
  6. Flexible transition ducts should never be used in an attic, crawlspace, or inside a wall
  7. Dryer vents should be installed by a professional to maintain warranties and to stay within municipal safety codes

If your dryer vent was not installed by a professional, it’s time to schedule a cleaning. If your dryer vent hasn’t been serviced in the last 12 months, it’s time to schedule a cleaning. Even if your dryer is working correctly presently, it needs to be cleaned annually to maintain performance and safety.

Call Magic Sweep

Magic Sweep doesn’t only clean chimneys. We’ll sweep your dryer vent clean without affecting your home, and you’ll be glad you called. Contact a dryer vent technician now by calling Magic Sweep at 757-523-2400.

Check Out Our Fireplace Store

At Magic Sweep, we put our customer safety and comfort first. We offer the best services for comprehensive chimney care in the field, and the best products in our fireplace store. You can visit our showroom at 938 Providence Road in Chesapeake, Virginia. You can speak to a fireplace expert and get a professional involved from start to finish. View our top-of-the-line products in action and browse the many types of styles, faces, and fuel types.

Our Featured Products

At the Magic Sweep showroom you can expect to find fireplaces, inserts, stoves, gas logs, hearth tools and accessories, and mantels, marble, and stone masonry. We offer various styles, fuel types, and brands so that our customers leave with the fireplace of their dreams. Whether you’re choosing your first fireplace, arranging for a construction for a new home or remodel, or upgrading, we have what you’re looking for.

Fireplace Facelift

You don’t have to spend a fortune on a new fireplace when you’re tired of the old one. Whether you’re tired of the way the old one looks, or you want to raise the efficiency of the system, we have an option for you, and it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune.

An insert can bring up the efficiency of any open fireplace. The unit is retrofitted into the existing fire box and works like a stove. Inserts can revitalize the look of your fireplace, can be customized with styles ranging from contemporary to rustic/traditional and everything in between.

If you don’t want to invest in a new appliance to upgrade your fireplace, you can spruce it up with a new mantel or custom masonry work. Thumb through ideas at our showroom and discuss with an expert. Our masons are experienced working with marble, brick, and stone.

We Service Rentals and Listings

An insert or gas log set can be a great way to add value to the home for sale or rent. We are happy to service Realtor and Property Manager clients. We offer discounts and billing for services, and will even pick up and return keys for a nominal fee. Not sure what type of fireplace will enhance your property? Stop by our store to speak with a professional. Bring photos of the apartment or house with you, or schedule a consultation at the property.

We love to match homeowners with the fireplace of their dreams in and around the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area, putting our customers first, and making safety our first priority. We don’t only sell the best products, but we offer the best comprehensive chimney services, repairs, and installations. Call Magic Sweep today at 757-523-2130 to schedule your appointment.

We Still Have Holiday Deals

The shopping frenzy following Thanksgiving may be over, but there are still plenty of deals to take advantage of. There may be only one Black Friday in the year, but we aim to keep our customers happy year-round. At Magic Sweep we offer expert services, the highest level of professionalism, and top-of-the-line products. It’s time our customers took advantage of one more thing—coupons!

Magic Sweep Coupons

When you are making your last-minute purchases this holiday season, you can save money on something that you really need. Just print, and present to your technician at time of service.

Save on Chimney Sweeps

A chimney sweep can typically cost between $125-$250 depending on the location, the level inspection, and the type of chimney and its condition, according to Angie’s List. These sweeps are necessary to keep your chimney working properly, and to prevent fires, malfunction, and pesky problems like a smoky or stinky fireplace. Spending the regular cost of chimney sweeps can save you money on repairs and maintenance in the long-run.

Use a Magic Sweep Coupon and save $10 on your next chimney sweep!

Save on Gas Logs

Gas logs have been growing in popularity because they are easy to install and offer a nice fire. Some log sets are designed specifically to look like the wood species of your choice. There are also vent-less gas logs that don’t even need a chimney. These are a popular option for homeowners who don’t have a chimney, or have an unsafe chimney but still want a fire. Log sets are safe, can produce a good amount of heat, and are affordable. Now they can be even more affordable.

Use a Magic Sweep Coupon, and save $25 off of your purchase of gas logs.

Save on Dryer Vent Cleaning

Our deals don’t extend only to our hearth services and products. It’s our goal at Magic Sweep to keep our neighbors safe in and around the Hampton Roads and Tidewater area. This includes offering services to prevent dryer vent fires. Having your dryer vents cleaned raises efficiency in your appliance, saves you money, extends the life of your appliance, and prevents devastating fires. Dryer vent fires usually happen overnight while the family is sleeping (with the dryer running), and these fires happen most in January. Schedule your dryer vent cleaning now, and let Magic Sweep keep you safer this winter.

Use a Magic Sweep Coupon and save $10 on your dryer vent cleaning.

Save on Air Duct Cleaning

Just like a dryer vent can become filled with debris (lint), your household air ducts can become dirty with dust, pet hair, rodent droppings, moisture, and even mold. Since this is the air that circulates through your central air and heating system, a dirty system can affect the quality of the air you breathe. Having the air ducts cleaned periodically can prevent respiratory and health issues, can raise efficiency, and save you money.

Use a Magic Sweep Coupon and save $25 on your air duct cleaning.

To schedule your services today, get the expert advice of a Magic Sweep technician, shop for your dream fireplace, and more call Magic Sweep today at 757-523-2400.

Types of Inserts, and Which One is Right for You?

Inserts can be the answer to your fireplace woes. They are easy to install, affordable, good for the environment, and beautiful! If you’re thinking about upgrading an old fireplace, or installing your first fireplace, an insert is only a phone call away. When you get started with a professional now, you can have your insert installed before Christmas!

The Best Fuel for Your Insert

Choose a gas insert if you want a more efficient heat machine. If you have a store of firewood on your property that you can cut from, you may want to go with wood. Inserts are all highly efficient and stylish, no matter what fuel they burn.

Gas Inserts – Gas is the most efficient fuel. It produces less soot, and no creosote, so it requires fewer cleanings than wood inserts. Gas appliances are also more convenient than wood, with easy on/off switches and easy temperature controls. Direct vent gas inserts don’t even require a chimney, but only a vent in a wall or ceiling. These appliances can be installed anywhere, whereas a regular insert is retrofitted directly into the existing fireplace.

Wood Inserts – Wood inserts are more efficient than a traditional open wood fireplace. They capture more of the heat from the fire and redirect it into the house and up the chimney for a more efficient burn. If you choose a wood insert, you will need a store of properly seasoned firewood, that has been cut and set aside to dry for 3-6 months. Burning green wood or other inappropriate burning materials results in flue fire, extra creosote, and a drop in efficiency. A wood insert will require your attention to light and maintain a fire.

Pellet Inserts – A pellet stove burns manufactured products called pellets. Made from organic wood byproducts, pellets are eco-friendly, burn cleanly, and burn as hot as wood. When you choose a pellet stove, you get some of the benefits of gas, but the intense and beautiful flame of a wood fire. Pellets can maintain a consistent temperature due to a hopper that feeds pellets into the fire determined by a thermostat. In addition, pellets do need to be purchased and stored.

Call Magic Sweep Today!

When you start your search with Magic Sweep, you will have the input of the fireplace experts from the start. We know which will best suit you, which new features you can benefit from, and which inserts will best heat the space you need. If you come out to our show-room and realize you don’t want an insert at all, we can help fit you with a stove that will get the job done.

Choose Magic Sweep, the #1 choice for chimney care for the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area. Call 757-523-2400 today!