Chimney Cap and Damper Installation

Your chimney system consists of several important components that keep your fireplace working efficiently and safely, and two of these parts are the chimney cap and the damper. Chim Cheree The Chimney Specialists offers professional installation of both of these components, and you can trust our Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified technicians to expertly install these parts according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You need to be sure that both of these important chimney parts of your system are in place and in good condition before the arrival of winter to keep water and cold air out of your chimney and home. We would like to tell you a bit more about how our chimney cap and damper installation services can keep your fireplace and chimney system working at its best.

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If you do not have a chimney cap professionally installed on the top of your chimney, you have an open 144-square inch hole on the top of your house. Without a chimney cap to cover that hole, water from rain and melted ice and snow will fall down the chimney to land on the smoke shelf. This can cause rusting corrosion to the liner and damper as well as masonry damage from erosion. Birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals can also get into your chimney to nest without the protection of a chimney cap. To protect your chimney from intrusions from water and wild animals, Chim Cheree The Chimney Specialists can help you find the perfect chimney cap. With a choice of copper or stainless steel, you can also select from a variety of sizes and shapes. Our personal favorite chimney cap, the Big Dripper cap from Whitecaps, actually serves as a chimney crown as well. We have found that many homes in Upstate South Carolina were built with incorrectly designed chimney crowns that do not extend as far past the edges as they should. The Big Dripper can solve this issue to properly protect your chimney from water.


While you may picture the traditional throat damper that is located directly above the firebox when you hear this term, Chim Cheree The Chimney Specialists have found these dampers to be very inefficient. They cannot provide an airtight seal that will keep heated and cooled air inside your home. We recommend upgrading old throat dampers with a new top-sealing damper that significantly boosts the energy efficiency in your home with its silicone rubber gasket seal. These dampers are installed at the top of the chimney and also function as chimney caps. One of the best features of top-sealing dampers is the ability to serve two important purposes with one part.

Protect your chimney this winter with a new chimney cap and damper. Contact us at Chim Cheree The Chimney Specialists to learn more about your options.

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