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Is Your Chimney Damper is Opened or Closed?

Many homeowners know their chimney damper, aka fireplace damper, needs to be opened before starting a fire but don’t know how to tell if the damper is open or closed. When we get calls about dampers at Magic Mountain Chimney Sweeps, we are always happy to provide answers. Dampers are, after all, a crucial part Read more

Will a chimney sweep leave a mess in my house?

Many home fires start in the chimney. Regular inspections and sweeping are vital to keeping your home and family safe. Since the chimney is often filled with soot, ash, creosote, and other debris, many homeowners worry that a chimney sweep will leave a mess in their house.  It’s a fair question because not everyone who Read more

Crumbling Chimney Bricks & Mortar: What You Need to Know

Over time and if neglected, every chimney will fall into disrepair. There may be problems with components such as the chimney cap or chimney liner, but these usually can be easily remedied. Damage to your chimneys bricks and mortar may not be so simple to fix. For this reason, it’s important to schedule annual chimney Read more

What to Do With Your Fireplace in Warm Weather

The fireplace is used to being the center of attention as millions of homeowners enjoy the warm atmosphere that a glowing fireplace brings to a living space in the winter. Now that the flames have been extinguished for the season, you’re probably wondering what you can do with your fireplace to make it just as Read more

Can You Get “Burned” if You Buy Your New Fireplace Online?

Fireplaces, along with heating stoves and fireplace inserts, are not DIY products. This goes for installing them and buying them. If you’re not sure whether you’d be better off buying your new appliance online or through a local hearth shop, read on. You normally will find many top-brand fireplaces and stoves advertised online, the same as Read more

Buying a Home with a Chimney? Here’s What You Need to Know:

When purchasing a home, most buyers understand the importance of a home inspection. However, homebuyers may not realize that if the home has a chimney, it will also need a chimney inspection. Here’s why: Real Estate Chimney Inspection Vs. Home Inspection Most home inspectors follow the National Association of Home Inspectors guidelines, which includes a Read more

It’s Time to Call a Chimney Sweep

As well-built as most chimneys are, none of them will last forever without a little special care, cleaning and maintenance. Masonry damage, faulty components, issues with drafting, excess creosote – all this and more can cause a chimney to run inefficiently and be unsafe. If your chimney is showing any of the signs below, it’s time Read more

The Freeze/Thaw Cycle on Your Chimney

The freeze-thaw cycle can have a devastating impact on masonry chimneys in Maryland. While you are firing up the fireplace to stay warm and cozy, rain, snow, and ice are accumulating on the exterior brick surface. Throughout the winter months, temperatures in the Frederick and Carroll County area often rise and fall above and below Read more

Why the Lowest Bidder for Chimney Work Isn’t Always the Best Choice

The cost of services is important, and saving money is something we all want to do. But when it comes to hiring a chimney cleaning, repair or restoration company, letting price be your only guide could lead to very serious problems with your chimney system down the line. Here’s why. What does “lowest price” really Read more

How to Safely Start Using an Old Fireplace

Staring into an old fireplace that you would love to light but hasn’t been used in years can give you the chills. Central heating may be convenient, but it doesn’t compare to the sights, sounds, and aromas of a crackling fireplace that is reminiscent of winter. Also, why spend money heating the entire home when Read more