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Let Us Give Your Chimney a Makeover

Is chimney cleaning on your spring to-do list? Are you in the middle of a remodel or shopping spree that has your hearth looking a little drab? No matter what is spurring the makeover, there is a fireplace expert at Magic Sweep that can help.

Magic Sweep Showroom

You can see our fireplaces in action when you visit our showroom at 938 Providence Road in Chesapeake, Virginia. You will also get a chance to view a variety of fireplace brands and models, facing displays, doors, screens, stonework, and other accessories. Shop catalogs of our favorite and trusted brands or let an expert walk you through the process from start to finish. No matter the size of your space, the condition of your chimney, or the style you ’d like to achieve, we have something for you.

Fireplaces

You may like the look of your hearth but need an upgrade for better efficiency. You may want to change fuel types to better help the environment. No matter what your reason, a new fireplace can help us achieve your fireplace makeover. We sell and install gas fireplaces and wood fireplaces as well as gas log sets that are realistic and beautiful. Some gas log sets don’t even need ventilation, so they are safe if your chimney isn’t safe, if it’s been closed off, or if you have no chimney at all.

Inserts

An insert may be what your fireplace needs if it’s old and needs an upgrade. The insert is retro-fitted directly into the existing firebox, and is a closed unit with the efficiency of a stove, but the classic look of a wood fireplace. At Magic Sweep, we sell and install top brands of gas inserts, wood inserts, and pellet inserts–each with their own benefits. They are all highly efficient (much more so than a traditional, open fireplace), and will turn your fireplace into a heat machine.

Stoves

Like inserts, stoves are highly efficient and may produce enough heat to warm an entire house during the winter. They can be installed anywhere and may even be used with your existing chimney. We also sell and install wood, pellet, and gas stoves. Most models feature a fire-viewing window that allows you to watch the flames dance as if you have a wood fireplace. Many homeowners can find a model that fits their home and personality exactly.

As you’ll see in our showroom, there is a variation of every appliance that will suit you. We have a full range of products from contemporary and sleek to traditional and ornate. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can order it and we won’t stop until you’re satisfied.

Once ordered, a certified Magic Sweep expert will handle your installation with professional expertise and courtesy. Your installation will be completed with an inspection that verifies safety and proper installation.

Make sure that a professional assists you in this process from start to finish. We here at Magic Sweep are waiting to be the next step for your fireplace. Call us today at 757-523-2400.

Check Out Our Homeowner’s Guide

It’s no secret homeowners love fires—fireplaces, stoves, inserts, even fire pits, and grills outside. You may have chosen a fireplace, or you may have recently purchased a home with one. Regardless, it’s important to know and understand what you’re getting into. A fire appliance can offer many benefits, but you can avoid potential drawbacks when you know your system inside and out. In this world of fast-paced living, web-surfing, and blogrolls, it may be hard to sit down and read a manual or user guide. We have the perfect Homeowner’s Guide —a fantastic resource for any homeowner, any appliance, any climate.

It’s a lot of information—so here are some important points:

1. Getting Started

You won’t have your dream fireplace all at once, but when you start with the professionals, you can have a safe and beautiful hearth that will last and add comfort and value to your home. Browse our showroom and catalog to find the best product. Schedule a professional installation and then make sure you have all the information about your appliance (including user guides and warranty information).

2. Fuel Type

Your fireplace or appliance will only burn a certain type of fuel. Wood stoves, fireplaces, and inserts should only burn properly seasoned firewood. Gas appliances will only burn gas, and pellet appliances will only burn pellets. It’s not only the appliance, but your flue liner may also be equipped with only one fuel type. You cannot use a clay tile liner for a gas appliance. A stainless-steel liner works for all fuel types, is long-lasting, and leaves your options wide open.

3. Building a Fire

If you’re using wood, you will be building fires regularly, and there are a couple ways to build an efficient one. A popular fire-building technique among professionals is the top-down burn, in which the large fuel is on the bottom, and decreases in size until kindling and shavings are laid on top. Traditional fire-building also works well if you have adequate airflow.

4. How the Chimney Works

You may read the user guide for your specific appliance, but you will still need to understand the chimney system and how it works. Even if you have a decent fire built, if it doesn’t have enough oxygen feeding it, it will not burn. If the chimney is cold, it can be difficult to light a fire. If a cap is missing and the air is blowing in, it can also make it difficult. It’s also important to know how to troubleshoot chimney problems for yourself, before calling in the professionals.

5. Professional Services

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommend routine maintenance for the safest and most efficient chimney system. Magic Sweep offers inspections and sweeps year-round, as well as a variety of installations and repairs.

We want you to feel comfortable with your fire appliance and chimney system. Magic Sweep is the #1 choice for comprehensive chimney care in the Hampton Roads and Tidewater area. If our Homeowner’s Guide doesn’t have an answer for you, our chimney and fireplace experts will.

Call today 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 Can Help You Sell Your House

The housing market can wax and wane as swiftly as the stock market. It can be nearly impossible to sell property during certain economic circumstances and even certain times of the year. One thing remains unchanged about the housing market, however: fireplaces sell. In fact, real estate agents and home-buyers list fireplaces as one of their most sought-after features. It doesn’t even matter if it’s a traditional masonry fireplace that burns wood or a a gas insert or log set. Fireplaces are coveted by homeowners either for the added heat or the ambiance. There are 40 percent of buyers admitting they’d pay more to have a fireplace!

Level Two Inspections

Magic Sweep offers chimney inspections in compliance with CSIA standards. A level two inspection is required when there is a transfer of ownership of a property. This means that your chimney should be inspected before you sell your home. This is so that you can disclose problems to possible home-buyers. Also, so that you can improve the value of your home. A level two inspection can help you raise property value prior to a refinance or home sale.

The Solution to a Broken Firebox

If your technician finds your firebox has a major issue, repairs can come at a cost. However, there is another solution. Magic Sweep sells the best products on the market for just this situation. A gas, wood, or pellet insert can be just the solution for your broken firebox. A fireplace expert can work with you to choose exactly to your tastes and needs. They can even consult with your realtor for the best way to restore your fireplace and help you sell your home.

First, a Magic Sweep technician will carefully measure the existing firebox to choose the insert to fit perfectly. Then, will help you decide which insert will work best with your property. Gas inserts are a great option and most efficient. Remember though, they require an existing gas hook-up! Otherwise, installation may cost more than you’d like before a sale. Wood and pellet inserts are also great options and highly efficient.

The Solution to a Broken Chimney

Perhaps your firebox is in good shape, but your chimney is irreparably damaged. With professional help you can still use your fireplace to sell your house! Choose a gas log set and have your chimney closed off permanently. Magic Sweep technicians are experts at installing vent-free gas log sets that are realistic and beautiful, and will provide exceptional zone heating for your new buyer.

After Magic Sweep helps you prepare your chimney and fireplace for your sale, you will get an inspection for your personal records and sale. Call Magic Sweep today at 757-523-2400!

In addition to regular services that can help sellers get the most out of their property when they sell, Magic Sweep also offers special consideration to realtor and property managers.