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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Mary Poppins & Santa Claus

At first glance, it is hard to find much in common between the magic nanny and the jolly, plump, bearded Christmas icon.

They both fly. She takes her umbrella, while he summons his reindeer. She offers a spoonful of sugar, while he demands a plateful of cookies. They both have books, movies and songs that kids love.

…And they both appreciate a well-kept chimney. The same goes for Above All Chimney & Masonry, who offer the best chimney sweeps in Bucks County, PA.

If you remember in the 1964 ‘Mary Poppins’ film, there is a whole scene dedicated to chimney sweepers singing and dancing to “Chim Chim Cher-ee.” Additionally, we all know that Santa Claus makes his annual toy deliveries via the smoky stack directly above the fireplace (only to his Nice-List.)

Whether you have been naughty or nice, we think you’d enjoy hearing the following four things that you may not know about Mary Poppins and Santa Claus:

  1. “A Spoonful of Sugar” was inspired by the Polio vaccine. That’s right. The famous song from the 1964 Disney movie, was influenced by medicine that was made easier to take when patients placed it on a sugar cube before ingesting. Things equally as easy to digest: our affordable prices, prompt customer service, and high-quality masonry services.
  2. Coca-Cola became Santa’s stylist. Back in the 1800’s, Father Christmas was illustrated wearing green, blue, brown, and purple clothes. Eventually it became popular for him to appear in a red suit. In 1927, Coca-Cola artist Haddon Sundblom created a whole marketing campaign only depicting him in red. The rest is history. 
  3. Disney won five Oscars. ‘Mary Poppins’ was nominated for thirteen Academy Awards. The good news: they won five. The bad news: They lost Best Picture to ‘My Fair Lady’. We can relate. We have numerous raving customer reviews on our online Testimonials page.
  4. Santa began utilizing chimney entrances in 1809. This occurrence began in a book by Washington Irving. This is the also first time he’s depicted as a heavyset, pipe-smoking, bearded man. Chances are he prefers visiting homes that use chimney services in Bucks County, due to the thorough cleanings provided by Above All Chimney & Masonry. 

If you have any questions or would like a free estimate, our supercalifragilisticexpialidocious representatives can be reached at 215-396-4294 or

Keep the Rain Out of Your Chimney to Avoid Damage!

Water – you drink it, wash your clothes in it, shower in it, and cook with it. It’s an everyday necessity for living a comfortable lifestyle and staying healthy. However, H2o causes damaging results when it penetrates the structure of your home, especially when the leaking issue is left unattended for too long. If your house has a masonry chimney, it is one of the most susceptible parts of the dwelling to deterioration from water penetration. Too much water inside the fireplace in your Philadelphia residence can lead to costly repairs if preventative steps are not taken. We may need water to live, but your chimney does not!



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How does water get into the chimney?

The chimney cap (also referred to as a rain cover) is your chimney’s protective shield against rain, snow, and other wet conditions. It stops water from entering straight into the chimney and is actually a requirement of the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) for chimney lining systems that are to be listed to meet their test standard. If your chimney is missing a cap, it is not being protected from water penetration.


Water can get into the chimney many other ways as well, including leaks from a cracked chimney crown, a frozen flue that is thawing, condensation from unlined brick, flashing that isn’t sealed properly, and brick water absorption. All of these causes can be taken care of by a chimney sweep who can provide solutions to these problems, as well as conduct repairs.


What are the effects of water penetration?

The stones of a masonry chimney are not affected by water, but the mortar that holds them together is. That’s why the chimney can crumble or fall apart due to prolonged contact with water. The masonry materials can also deteriorate from the freezing and thawing process of water, which causes stress when it expands. But, the stone and mortar parts of a chimney aren’t the only aspects of a fireplace that are subject to damage from water. Water in the chimney can:


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  • stain the ceiling and walls
  • deteriorate metal
  • rust glass doors and accessories
  • rot adjacent wood
  • ruin wall coverings
  • rust the damper
  • clog the cleanout area
  • stain the chimney exterior
  • decay the exterior mortar
  • crack the flue lining
  • collapse the hearth support
  • tilt the chimney structure
  • damage the chimney settlement


How can chimney water penetration be prevented?

Having your chimney swept and maintained by a professional routinely will lessen the chance of water penetration. As an expert, the sweeper will be able to inspect the chimney for water penetration and let you know the best approach for preventing it. Always make sure that your chimney has a quality rain cap to block water from falling in.


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