THE BLACK MAGIC DIFFERENCE
Attention to Detail
As temperatures fluctuate, our chimneys expand and contract. This may lead to gaps, cracks, and crumbling mortar between bricks or stones. Any compromise to your chimney can be an open door–potentially letting in moisture, chilly drafts, and toxic flue gasses.
Masonry Repair & Maintenance
Since materials used to construct a masonry chimney are porous, they can absorb large amounts of moisture. So even if you see no mortar damage now, it does not necessarily mean that there’s no risk of future moisture damage. In climates such as ours, many professionals recommend waterproofing the chimney. The materials used to coat the outside of the chimney allow the chimney to breathe while simultaneously preventing water infiltration. This process can only be done on a cleaned, healthy surfaces. So if you have any masonry damages, they need to be addressed before waterproofing.
MASONRY REPAIR & MAINTENANCE
Whether the chimney is in need of minor repairs or complete reconstruction, Black Magic Chimney technicians and masons are trained to help you determine the appropriate course of action. Black Magic Chimney Sweep offers a variety of chimney repairs to keep your fireplace and chimney operating at its best. Some of the repairs we perform are: Chimney restoration and reconstruction, firebox repointing and rebuilding, mortar crown repair and damper repair. We also offer repairs for factory-built fireplaces including new chase covers, firebox walls, chimney caps, screens and glass doors.
MASONRY WATER PROBLEMS
Leaks Within 10 Feet of Your Chimney?
You Need a Chimney Technician, Not a Roofer
Do you have water dripping from the chimney down into the fireplace? One of the most common reasons for dripping to occur in the chimney is from a damaged crown on top of a masonry chimney. This crown could be cracked or chipped, allowing water to penetrate it. The issue is typically experienced in older homes, especially those built before the 1980’s. Crowns before this time were often sloshed together using surplus mortar. This practice makes them more susceptible to cracks and so they deteriorate more quickly.