We Install Top-Mounted Chimney Dampers
In case you’re not already familiar with top-mounted or top-sealing dampers, we’ll start with a basic explanation. Every chimney needs to have a cover that protects it from its worst enemy—water—in addition to offering protection from secondary enemies like leaves, sticks, nesting birds, insects, and small animals like squirrels, mice, opossums, etc. All of these things can become not only an annoyance but also a fire hazard.
If things like nesting materials and animals are allowed to accumulate inside your chimney flue, they actually begin to hamper the way your chimney drafts. And that’s where things get really dangerous – if a chimney is unable to properly vent smoke and toxic gases outside your home, it may begin to backdraft, which you’ll experience in the form of smoke, soot and dangerous gases inside your living space. In some cases, carbon monoxide poisoning can result from chimney blockages. Of course, carbon monoxide is tasteless, odorless, and invisible. This silent killer is not easy to detect, which is why we recommend an annual chimney inspection and sweeping, regardless of whether or not your chimney is capped.
Do I Need A Top-Sealing Damper Or A Chimney Cap?
As a homeowner, you have several choices for covering the top of your chimney in a way that still allows smoke to easily exit your home. Most commonly used is the chimney cap, a relatively simple but effective contraption that fits atop the flue, covering it with a piece of metal that is surrounded on all sides by a mesh net that keeps animals out and embers in so that they don’t land on your roof.
A chimney cap and a top-sealing damper serve many of the same purposes, with one specific advantage to each. The top-sealing damper allows you to give your chimney an airtight seal when not in use, preventing drafts in the room where your fireplace is, and—best of all—saving you hundreds of dollars in energy costs each year. A chimney cap, meanwhile, usually does a superior job of keeping rain out of a chimney—although the damper does a satisfactory job as well—simply because the lid is larger.
We Are Your Friendly Chimney Authorities
Our chimney technicians are a combination of easygoing Southern hospitality, rigorous training and testing (required by the Chimney Safety Institute of America), extensive industry education, and many years of experience in the field—er, on the roof. We believe our team is the best in the region, and we’d like the opportunity to show you what a difference we can make in the function, efficiency and safety of your chimney.
Call us today at (256) 845-9814 or click here to schedule your next professional chimney service!
Don’t let another fireplace season begin before asking us to sweep your chimney. It’s one of best and easiest ways to eliminate fire hazards and it helps your chimney work like it is meant to, so give us a call to schedule this chimney service.