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Add a Chimney Cap or Damper

Winter is the best time to have a fireplace. It’s the perfect time to enjoy a crackling fire on those cool evenings, this helps to save money on heating costs. Another plus is you get to enjoy the ambiance of a natural fire for the holidays. In order to get the most out of your fireplace and chimney all winter long, you need to take steps to prevent any issues that may arise.

Prevent Winter Damage

pretty chimney capThe worst thing that can happen to any chimney is water damage. When water invades your chimney system, it can cause lots of problems such as rust, deterioration, stains, mold, mildew, and structural issues. These can all cost lot of time and money to repair or restore. Water damages that occur during the winter is the worst, the damage happens fast and cause more severe damages.

This is due to the freeze/thaw cycle that occurs in the winter. First, a small amount of water fills a small crack or gap. As temperatures drop, the water freezes and expands. While it expands, it breaks apart the masonry. When the chimney warms up, the water thaws and moves further into the damaged masonry. This process repeats throughout the winter season, which can cause serious damage by the end of burn season to your chimney.

Protect Your Chimney With a Cap or Damper

You can protect your chimney from the top to the bottom by adding a chimney cap or top mount damper. Not only is a cap essential for preventing precipitation, wind, and debris from entering the flue, but it also keeps animals out all year-round.

  • Chimney Caps – Every flue need a cap. The metal mesh prevents small animals and debris from falling into the flue opening. It is topped with a metal roof, which helps water fall off and onto the chimney crown below. Many homeowners choose caps to match their home in style. You can find copper and stainless steel caps, which are durable and efficient.
  • Top Mount Dampers – They are often called energy saving dampers, and they are installed at the top of the chimney instead of the throat. They are more efficient than throat dampers, since they can double as a cap when open, and provide an airtight seal when closed. When the fireplace isn’t in use, the damper can be closed to save you up to three times in utility bill. Heated air and conditioned air won’t be able to escape. They also look just like a cap, and they are just as stylish and durable as a cap too!

Let Magic Sweep Handle Your Install

With help our experts at Magic Sweep, you can have a new cap or damper installed in no time, and according to code. We only install the best caps and dampers on the market, and we provide the best services to the Hampton Roads and Tidewater area. Call 757-523-2400 or request an appointment online today.