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Your Chimney & Water Damage

As snow melts and winter nears its end, a lot of homeowners start noticing deterioration and crumbling throughout their fireplace and chimney. The most likely cause for this is too much exposure to water, which is why preventative measures should be put into place to ensure further damage cannot occur down the line.

At Magic Broom Chimney Sweeps, we have solutions for you! Learn more below about what preventative measures you can take to avoid water damage in the future. Our CSIA certified sweeps can help you out with it all!

The Importance Of Chimney Caps & Crowns

Your Chimney & Water Damage - Southern Maryland - Magic BroomTwo extremely important parts of your chimney are the chimney crown and the chimney cap. Both do a lot when it comes to keeping water at bay, and they both need to be in prime condition to help your chimney stay healthy. Let’s start with the crown. The chimney crown is typically made from concrete or mortar mixture and sits on the top of your chimney. It slants downwards and slightly overhangs past the opening to easily direct water away from the brickwork. When built right, the crown does a lot to keep your masonry protected year after year!

Unfortunately, not all chimney crowns are built with the level of expertise that our sweeps have to offer. If yours is breaking down, call on our experts to fix it up right! Whether you need repairs or an entire rebuild, we can handle the job.

Chimney caps are also important in protecting your chimney. The cover the flue opening, so that water cannot enter and pool up inside of it. Should this occur, you will face clogs, rust, rot, decay, and lots more! Chimney caps keep water away, and they also protect your chimney from animal intrusion and debris build up. They do a lot for your fireplace and home, and our expert team can install or repair yours in a jiffy!

The Importance Of Waterproofing

Waterproofing is another very important part of preventing water damage. If you’ve heard of the freeze/thaw process, then you know how important it is to protect your brickwork! A hard-working sealant will ensure that water cannot get absorbed, where it can freeze and put a lot of extra pressure on your entire chimney system.

Our waterproofing products keep moisture away, while allowing your chimney the ability to vent out vapors and fumes, as needed. Unlike paint or other harmful sealants, our formula provides the perfect shield for your masonry!

We Can Help With It All!

On top of everything, our expert crew can install and repair flashing, repair brickwork and mortar, and patch up any holes, cracks, or other deterioration throughout your chimney. Count on us to fix things up, then provide you with the protection you need to avoid water damage in future years. When you work with Magic Broom, you’re guaranteed satisfaction! Call now to schedule an appointment with us!

By Josh Kelley on February 14th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , , | Leave a Comment

How Winter Affects Your Chimney

Cold weather and harsh winds are never fun to deal with, but tolerating them is always easier when you have a fireplace at home! Unfortunately, we tend to see lots of masonry damage and broken down parts this time of year. It’s up to you to ensure your system is in tip-top shape this winter, so you can enjoy it to the fullest! And the team at Magic Broom Chimney Sweeps can help you out!

If you’re concerned about experiencing damage this winter, call us in to check things over. We can assess current issues, perform repairs as needed, and provide all of the preventative maintenance necessary for avoiding more problems down the line. Contact us now!

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With all the extra snow and ice that shows up in winter, water damage is hard to avoid. Unfortunately, chimney parts and moisture don’t mix well together at all! If excess water is allowed near your system, your flashing will rust, your crown will deteriorate, and rot and mold will form throughout the rest of your chimney. You’ll also notice more clogs and your brickwork will wear down a lot faster, too!

It’s important to address cracks, holes, and crumbling before they get worse. Call in our CSIA certified team to handle all of your repairs and restorations now. We can’t wait to set you up right, so you can finish out the winter as stress-free as possible!

The Freeze/Thaw Cycle

Another important issue to stay educated on is the freeze/thaw cycle. This is when the water that was absorbed into your brickwork freezes and causes it to expand. As you can guess, this puts a lot of strain and pressure on your system and it leaves more room for water to keep entering. Your masonry could easily experience the freeze/thaw cycle multiple times a year, triggering all types of damage and deterioration. And all that stress could eventually lead to a collapse!

We can help you get things back to normal, so that your system is safer for use year after year. Count on us – it’s a choice you won’t regret!

Preventative Maintenance

So, what are the best steps to avoid winter-time damages in the future? First of all, be sure to invest in annual inspections and sweepings. Having a professional get a thorough look inside of your fireplace and chimney every year ensures all damages are addressed as soon as possible, and you’ll avoid creosote accumulation, too. If you haven’t had things checked out in a while, call us in right away. It’s CSIA recommended!

Another step we can take to avoid water-related issues is to waterproof your chimney. Our waterproofing service ensure your brickwork stays protected, without losing its ability to vent out necessary fumes and vapors – it’s the best of both worlds! Your brickwork will thank you, and it comes with a 10-year guarantee. You’ve got nothing to lose, so why not invest in our waterproofing services today? Call now to set up an appointment!

Whatever you need, our team has got your back. Thanks for choosing Magic Broom for all of your fireplace and chimney needs!

By Josh Kelley on February 1st, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment