How To Hire A CSIA Chimney Sweep

While maintaining your chimney is important, finding a quality, knowledgeable, and trustworthy chimney sweep is often more difficult than a simple Google search. Before hiring a chimney sweep, homeowners should check to see if they are CSIA certified; this...

What it Means to be NFI and CSIA Certified

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that all chimney sweeps are created equal. Just because someone has a brush and a truck, however, doesn’t make them a qualified chimney professional. While acronyms such as NFI and CSIA might be confusing to the average person, they...

What is a Chimney Inspection?

When it comes to chimney and fireplace maintenance, most homeowners know the basics. They remove the ashes and soot from the firebox after using it, get the chimney swept when the flue seems particularly dirty, and keep their eyes out for any emerging problems. While...

Levels of Chimney Inspection

When you have a fireplace and chimney installed in your home, it’s not enough to appreciate the warmth it provides especially during the chilly winter season. As a homeowner you should also be responsible for the proper maintenance of these features and this includes...

Repointing 101

Because of the inherent nature of the materials used to build traditional masonry chimneys, with the lone exception being those that have been adequately waterproofed, water is naturally going to soak into the bricks and mortar.  This water intrusion ultimately speeds...

Choosing a Certified Sweep

Why you should choose a certified sweep You might’ve noticed the “Certified Chimney Sweep” logo or the acronym “CSIA” used all around the Magic Broom website. If you’re not familiar with the CSIA, we could see why you might glaze...