The Many Benefits of Chimney Caps & Dampers

To work at its highest levels of efficiency and safety, your chimney system needs to be equipped with the right types of components, such as a chimney crown, chimney cap, and damper. Each component should also be in good working condition so that it does what it is supposed to do, and this is one of the reasons why you need to have your chimney inspected at least once a year by a chimney professional. In the Upstate South Carolina region, Chim Cheree The Chimney Specialists is known for our superior professional chimney maintenance, repair, sales, and installation services. We can make sure that your chimney is prepared for cooler weather by replacing any chimney components that have been damaged over the years as well. We would like to tell you about the many benefits of two of our favorite products, the Big Dripper Cap and the Icebreaker Chimney Cap-Damper.

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Protecting your masonry chimney from water penetration and wild animal invasion damage is one of your most important responsibilities as a homeowner. To do this properly, you need to have several components in place, including a chimney crown and a chimney cap professionally installed on the top of your chimney. Unfortunately, many of the chimney crowns that we have seen in Upstate South Carolina have not been designed properly and do not extend as far past the edges of the top of the chimney as they should. This is why we recommend the Big Dripper Cap from Whitecaps. This chimney cap is custom manufactured so that it can cover the entire chimney opening just like a chimney crown is supposed to do. Our certified and trained chimney technicians will make sure that it extends at least two inches from the widest point of your chimney for a proper drip edge. If you are not sure of when your chimney crown was last repaired, our technicians can tell you if this chimney cap is right for your chimney.


Your damper plays the important role of keeping you and your family safe by allowing smoke and other byproducts of combustion to be exhausted from your home. It also helps your home be more energy efficient by preventing heated or cooled air from escaping through the chimney. Corrosive damage could be keeping your traditional throat damper from doing it’s job correctly. A new top-sealing damper, such as the Icebreaker Chimney Cap-Damper, will generally pay for itself after just one year because of the savings on your heating bill! We love this damper because it also serves as a regular chimney cap that keeps water, birds, and wild animals out of your chimney.

Make sure your chimney is protected this winter by having the right components in place. Contact us today at Chim Cheree The Chimney Specialists to make an appointment with our professional chimney experts.