you carry liability insurance?
We carry full liability insurance as well as complete Workers
Compensation Board coverage.
Safety is our number one priority.
you subcontract your work?
all of our work is done by our own WETT certified staff.
you need to enter the home to clean a chimney?
In order to properly clean your chimney we need to access
the firebox and lower portions of your flue. The only way
to do this is from inside the house.
I need to be home for a chimney cleaning?
cases yes. Again, to properly clean your chimney we require
access to the firebox from inside the home. Our policy is
to always have the homeowner or their representative present
when the work is being performed.
the fireplace or woodstove be off?
please. The fireplace or woodstove should be completely
extinguished for at least 24 hours prior to our arrival.
Your flue and lining can retain heat for quite some time
making it difficult and even dangerous for us to clean.
often should my woodstove or fireplace flue be cleaned?
Inusrance Bureau of Canada requires that chimneys be cleaned
and inspected at least once a year, however if
you are a very frequent user then every spring and fall
is highly recommended.
burn Chimney Sweeping Logs - isn't that enough?
In fact, CBC's
Market Place recently did a study on these logs as well
as similar products and found little or no benefit
in using them. The only way to ensure your chimney is safe
is to have it mechanically cleaned and inspected by a WETT
your technicians WETT certified?
Our technicians are WETT certified. To learn more about
our WETT certification and why it is important to you click
my burner service company clean the flue?
Burner service companies only clean the burner section of
your furnace and occasionally the sections of your flue
which are within easy reach. They are not chimney sweeps.
there a mess when you're done?
Our staff are extremely conscientious and take great care
to ensure your home is not affected in any way.
you do chimney repairs?
we have a fully qualified team of masons on staff. It is
a large component of our business.
you do masonry repairs in the winter months?
some companies do masonry work during the winter months,
Black Magik does not. The number one consideration for us
is the quality of the finished product. In Nova Scotia's
brutal freeze/thaw zone, masonry simply isn't able to cure
properly during these months - resulting in an inferior
product which will not stand the test of time.
does my fireplace smoke?
a difficult question to answer without a thorough inspection,
however there are typically three good suspects.
one is an improperly constructed or situated fireplace or
woodstove. Fireplaces and woodstoves need to be carefully
constructed and situated in a manner that will allow for
proper operation. There are numerous technical considerations
to take into account such as chimney and roof height, flue
to firebox ratio, negative pressure zones, etc. to ensure
that everything works properly. For instance, did you know
that basements or lower levels are generally not good areas
for woodstove placement?
second is a potential blockage in the chimney or a faulty
damper control mechanism. The most common type of blockage
is thick and dangerous creosote build-up. Have it inspected
and if necessary cleaned!
third is fireplace technique. By that we mean what and how
you are burning. Green or unseasoned wood will not burn
properly and will produce exponentially more smoke than
properly dried fuels. Did you know that how
you light your fire can also affect how much smoke is
my chimney need a raincap?
As the name implies, 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.