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Experiencing Chimney Leaks? Let Us Help

Some rain storms have hit and – oh no – your chimney now leaks all over! This is obviously less than ideal, and it can lead to some very serious and dangerous problems down the line. Fortunately, if you call now, you can get things fixed up fast while the weather is nice and business is slow. When fall arrives again, you’ll be all set, thanks to our qualified and CSIA-certified team at Magic Broom!

Why Is My Chimney Leaking?

Let Us Help With Your Chimney Leaks - Southern Maryland - Magic Broom Chimney SweepsThere are multiple reasons why you may be experiencing leaks. One issue may lie with the chimney crown. The crown works hard in bad weather, pushing rain out and away from the sides of your chimney, but when cracks and crumbling are present it can lead to leaks in a hurry. Water enters through these openings, wreaking havoc all over your system.

Another issue could be water coming in directly through the top. This is due to a damaged or non-existent chimney cap. A chimney cap is vital for protecting your chimney throughout all types of bad weather, and it works to keep out animals and excess debris, too. It even helps block downdrafts and stop stray sparks! Chimney caps offer a surefire way to lessen chimney struggles, so be sure to have yours installed or repaired as soon as possible.

Other issues lie with broken flashing, crumbling brickwork, and a lack of protection for your masonry. Flashing is the metal piece that guards the area where your roof and chimney meet, but it can face cracks and damages due to animal tampering and bad weather. We can fix it up and address any issues with your brickwork and mortar, too. Once the cracks and other damages are fixed, we can apply our waterproofing products for years of guaranteed protection.

How Are Leaks Harmful?

When you experience water damage, the structural integrity of your chimney is threatened immensely. Water can enter your brickwork, destroy your chimney liner, and cause all kinds of rotting, rusting, clogging, and more. This deterioration takes its toll, weakening your entire system significantly over time. Apply repairs immediately, as fireplaces experiencing any issues are unsafe to use.

Lower your risk of gas leaks, chimney fires, collapses, and more by counting on our team of experts to set you up right.

We Have Solutions For You!

We repair and rebuild damaged crowns, replace flashing and chimney caps, and can apply our top-of-the-line waterproofing products, so that you don’t have to worry about a thing. You’ll be amazed at how much more efficiently your system runs. You’ll have no problem lighting things up when temperatures drop again this fall.

You deserve the best, so don’t hesitate to trust in our crew. Call today, so we can fix you up!

By Josh Kelley on June 15th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment

Yes, Your Chimney Needs Parging!

There are a lot of parts to your chimney, and we realize it’s hard for homeowners to stay up-to-date on their condition. This is especially true for parts that are hidden from sight, like the smoke chamber. Luckily, this is what our team of professional chimney sweeps is here for!

At Magic Broom Chimney Sweeps, providing chimney and fireplace care to Southern Maryland is our priority. We’re trained and ready to take on any needs you may be experiencing. We’ll check on all parts to guarantee a stress-free experience while using your chimney.

As we said, one thing we check out is the smoke chamber. The smoke chamber is located right above the throat damper, and it plays an important role in managing proper airflow. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always stay in the best condition and, being hidden away means it tends to get neglected and/or forgotten about. This is where parging comes in.

All About Parging

Yes, Your Chimney Needs Parging - Southern Maryland - Magic Broom Chimney SweepsParging is the process of smoothing out any uneven surfaces in the smoke chamber and filling any holes or gaps with mortar. Once everything is evened out and looking great, air flow issues won’t be something to worry about any longer! Smoke and other fumes can easily leave the chimney without any obstructions blocking the way.

Why Is Proper Airflow Important?

Ensuring your chimney has proper airflow will make a huge difference in its overall efficiency. Improper airflow causes issues like decreased heat output, smoke back-up, and more. You deserve to get the most from your fireplace, and we want to make sure all of our customers enjoy warm fires to the fullest every fall and winter.

Along with this, better air flow means a safer living area. If smoke and other potentially harmful gases like carbon monoxide are entering your home on a regular basis, you and loved ones could face a lot of potential illnesses. Carbon monoxide is especially harmful and can be fatal if not treated promptly. Lower your risk by calling in our CSIA certified staff right away. You should also install carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. A few small steps can make all the difference!

Invest In Your Annual Inspection Now

Annual inspections determine when parging is necessary, as there are not many clear indicators. Many wait until fall to schedule their inspection, but we encourage homeowners in the area to call in our team of professionals now, while we’re less busy. This gives us plenty of time to perform any necessary repairs, rebuilds, sweepings, and maintenance work.

If you want to ensure your system is ready to go on that first cold day of autumn, give us a call now. We’re ready to serve you, and we can’t wait to fix you up right!

By Josh Kelley on May 29th, 2018 | Tagged with: Tags: , , | Leave a Comment