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Black Magik Chimney Sweeps Inc. is Nova Scotia's premiere choice for chimney cleaning and masonry restoration. The following is a list of the various services we offer.
CHIMNEY CLEANING
DRYER VENT CLEANING
MASONRY REPAIR AND RECONSTRUCTION
STAINLESS STEEL LINERS
WATERPROOFING
RAINCAPS
VIDEO INSPECTION
SAFETY INSPECTION
INSURANCE CLAIMS
ANIMAL REMOVAL
WOOD STOVES
 
 
 
This diagram shows the construction of our 100 year crown. Note the overhang, drip cap, flashing, and expansion joint compared to a typical crown below.

The siding and other materials that make up your home are protected by your roof and eave, but your chimney is not. Because the chimney extends beyond the roofline it is constantly exposed to the elements; rain, snow, wind, etc. Masonry materials deteriorate very quickly when they absorb moisture and are exposed to winter freeze & thaw cycles, causing undue stress and premature deterioration.

Black Magik's Hundred Year Crown design protects your chimney against these elements, ensuring that it will be the last crown you'll ever need!

A properly designed and constructed chimney crown is the best possible protection for the masonry construction below it by helping to shed rain, snow, and ice away from the rest of the chimney. It can prevent the need for expensive chimney repairs & chimney reconstruction. As the name suggests, a chimney crown is the top element of a masonry chimney. It protects the top of the chimney starting at the flue liner and should extend out beyond the chimneys edge (drip edge) much the same as a roof eave does. The vast majority of existing chimneys have "crowns" which are built incorrectly. Many do not have a drip edge at all; while many more of these substandard "crowns" are constructed from common mortar mix - the same mixture used to lay the bricks of the chimney. This type of mortar was not designed for this purpose and is unable to withstand years of envionmental abuse without cracking, chipping or deteriorating prematurely; conditions which can allow water to penetrate the chimney and cause damage which is expensive to repair.

THE FIVE C's OF CHIMNEY CARE - PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE TIPS YOU SHOULD KEEP IN MIND

Clean 'Em - Chimneys should be cleaned and inspected at least once a year to ensure their safe and efficient operation. With an annual cleaning and inspection regimen potential problems can usually be caught before they turn into an expensive repair bill, or worse, catastophic failure and fire.

Correct 'Em - After careful inspection, any defects discovered such as loose or crumbling mortar or bricks, cracks, spalling, etc. should be fixed as soon as possible. Taking care of these problems before they grow into major repairs can save you thousands of dollars down the road.

Coat 'Em - Waterproofing your masonry is one of the most cost effective insurance policies against long term damage we can think of. Read more about its effectiveness here.

Crown 'Em - See above.

Cap 'Em - Raincaps are primarily designed to prevent rain from entering the chimney, causing damper and firebox rust which can lead to expensive repairs. But they can also prevent unwanted birds, squirrels, raccoons or other animals from entering the chimney to nest. They can also help to discourage downdrafts.

 
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