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Chimney Caps & Dampers Installation

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While we know it’s not uncommon to see an uncapped chimney, every chimney truly should have a cap. Without one, a typical fireplace flue leaves a 144 square-inch hole in the top of your house. With a hole like that, it’s practically welcoming a host of different visitors!

First is your chimney system’s worst enemy: water. Rain and snow can make their way into your flue again and again when there’s no cap to stop it from happening. Over time, that water can cause damage to a variety of parts in your system, from the damper to the masonry itself, and will eventually make costly repairs necessary.

Water isn’t the only thing a chimney cap will help keep out. Animals also tend to head for uncapped chimneys, bringing dangerous debris and annoying sounds, smells, and bugs into your system. If you’ve ever hosted a family of chimney swifts, you know how noisy these birds can be! Since they’re federally protected, it’s illegal to remove them. Which means chimney swift house guests have to stay until they’re ready to leave on their own. Installing a cap will encourage swifts to nest elsewhere (note: they are great birds to have around because they eat a lot of bugs – so consider building a swift tower in your yard to give them a nearby place to roost).

Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists Can Install Beautiful, Durable Chimney Caps

At Chim Cheree, we recommend stainless steel or copper chimney caps, since these materials will last for a long time without succumbing to rust. We offer a variety of different caps for different sized flues and different tastes. From simple and sleek to ornate and detailed, we’re bound to have a cap for you! Whether you’re looking for a single flue cap or an elaborate custom cap, we’ll do whatever we can to find the right cap for your home.

A Product We Love: The Big Dripper Cap

We’ve found the Big Dripper Cap from Whitecaps to be a great addition to many homes in Upstate South Carolina. Many homes in the area are built with improper chimney crowns that don’t extend as far past the edges of the chimney top as they should. This causes inadequate protection of the system from water. The Big Dripper Cap takes the place of a concrete crown and a full-coverage chimney cap. These caps are custom-built to cover the whole area that a proper chimney crown would, extending two inches from the chimney’s widest point and incorporating a proper drip edge. Click here to get a visual of the difference these caps can make and talk to Chim Cheree technicians to see if this might be the right choice for your chimney!

Chimney Dampers: Another Important Part Of Your System

Your chimney damper works to block off the flue when you’re not enjoying a fire, which helps to protect the chimney system from water and make your home more energy efficient.

Older homes often have throat dampers, which are installed above the firebox. These days, we commonly install top-sealing dampers, which do a much better job of closing off the flue, and provide a significant boost in energy efficiency. Chim Cheree technicians regularly install top-sealing Ice Breaker damper caps, which completely cover the flue and reduce energy loss in your home.

If you need a new chimney cap or chimney damper, contact Chim Cheree, The Chimney Specialists! Call us at 864-895-4204, or use our online scheduling form!

 

Do you have a fireplace that needs to be rebuilt or renovated? If so, Chim Cheree is ready to help! Don’t trust these skilled services to amateurs. Call on our experienced pros!

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