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Benefits of Having A Class “A” Prefabricated Chimney

There’s no denying the warmth and ambiance a fireplace adds to any home. That being said, some homeowners just don’t have the time, money, or available space to have a masonry unit installed. Fortunately, prefabricated fireplaces are becoming more and more widespread, allowing homeowners all the comfort of a cozy hearth, only without the expense and limited placement options. Think this may be the right choice for you? Learn more below!

Experience More Flexibility

Prefabricated fireplaces are great because they offer a lot of flexibility when it comes to placement. Now, class “A” units are especially nice to work with because they are double-wall insulated systems. Because of this feature, regulations aren’t as rigid when it comes to the required distance from other combustibles throughout the home, giving you more options as to where it could go.

These units can be installed on various levels of your home, and it doesn’t even need to be placed right up against a wall. You’ll be able to safely use it nearly anywhere you would like! If you’d like more information, please contact us today. Magic Broom Chimney Sweeps is ready to help you out.

Less Expense

Another great advantage of having a class “A” prefabricated unit installed is the lowered expenses associated with their installation. As you can imagine, building a masonry system from scratch requires a lot of time, effort, and materials, meaning your final bill may be a bigger one than you are willing to pay.

Prefabricated class “A” units are less time-consuming when it comes to their assembly, and a CSIA certified sweep will be able to take on the task at hand, no problem. Our crew is trained and ready to get the job done right, so you can operate your new unit with ease and peace of mind. Call today for price information!

A Smaller Overall Commitment

If you have a masonry unit built into your home, you’re looking at a big overall commitment. Masonry structures are a lot more permanent than their prefabricated counterparts, and once they’re in, it would take a lot of work to ever have it removed. Prefabricated fireplaces come with a lifespan of about 10 years, so you’ll get a lot of use out of it, without being forced to make a permanent investment.

Now, when you choose a class “A” prefabricated unit, you won’t even need to commit to a specific fuel type! They’re designed to work with various fuels, so changing things up down the line won’t be a problem at all. They’re a great choice, and they definitely make life a lot easier in the long run.

Make The Call Today!

If you want to get your new class “A” unit installed and running before the holidays arrive, then get on the phone with our team right away. Fall is here, so the time to call is now! We’re ready and excited to be of service.

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

There’s A Reason Our Chimney Inspections Are Mandatory

Whenever Magic Broom Chimney Sweeps comes out for a service, a mandatory inspection is performed. Many wish to have their repairs or sweepings done without this step, but unfortunately that would go against our standards of excellence. We work with reputable organizations like the CSIA and the NFPA to ensure you get the best care possible and by inspecting your system with every service, you are guaranteed safer results every single time.Chimney Inspections are Mandatory - Southern Maryland - Magic Broom

The NFPA guidelines highlight the importance of ensuring every piece of your chimney’s anatomy is working well and functioning as safely as possible, and when we leave a system uninspected, there’s a chance that your home and family could be at risk. When you leave your fireplace and chimney in our hands, we’re going to take all of the necessary steps to ensure everything is running right before we leave. Then, both our crew and your household can move forward with the peace of mind they deserve!

What Our Inspections Entail

Depending on the level of inspection your system requires, the process may differ from case to case. There are three levels that sweeps can be trained to perform and our crew knows how to do all of them! Get the specifics below.

A level one inspection will include a basic overview of your chimney, as the sweep examines all easily accessible parts and checks for any potential obstructions. These inspections are reserved for systems that haven’t undergone any damages or big changes in the recent past, and that have been regularly maintained and inspected with every passing year. If everything with your chimney and fireplace seem to be running fine, a level one inspection is likely all you need.

A level two inspection takes things a bit further. If you’ve experienced any serious disasters (chimney fires, earthquakes, flooding, etc.), or if you’ve changed up the fuel type or engaged in reconstruction work, then a level two inspection is recommended. These types of inspections are also required when buying or selling real estate. They encompass all parts of a level one inspection, as well as a video inspection, allowing the sweep to get an in-depth look at every aspect of your system.

Finally, there’s the level three inspection, which is reserved for situations where the chimney or fireplace requires some type of destruction or disassembly in order to access areas of potential damage.

Common Problems We Discover

So, what threats are we most likely to come across? In most cases, the most you’ll need is some minor repair work done or a thorough sweeping completed, but bigger issues could lay beneath the surface. Water issues, for instance, can cause a lot of damage in a hurry, so if excess moisture is noted, we may need to restore various parts of the system, as well as apply waterproofing agents.

Also, some homeowners experience chimney fires without even realizing it. In these cases, our sweeps can spot any extensive damage before the family faces bigger threats in the form of a house fires or carbon monoxide exposure.

Fall and winter are nearly upon, so the time to trust in us is now. Call today!

By Megan Zeddies on September 30th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment