Did you know that of all the things that can go wrong with your chimney system, problems with the chimney cap is quite common? Not only is it common for the cap to become damaged or dislodged, but it also leads to a chimney leak that can wreak havoc on your system. Water damage is the worst thing that can happen to your chimney system, and your chimney cap is the first defense against this occurrence.
So, what do you do when your chimney cap just is not doing its job? If your chimney cap is allowing water into your flue, this also means it could also be letting animals entering your flue too. Maybe you can feel a draft driving its way into your chimney and fireplace, and your air conditioner is overworked and expensive because of it. Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service has a solution for you – energy top damper!
The energy top damper is a device that is growing in popularity among existing homeowners and developers to save money immediately and protects your chimney. The top mount damper, also called the energy top damper, is installed at the top of the flue and works as both a damper and a chimney cap.
How it Works
The top mount damper looks like a chimney cap when open. It has a mesh to protect the flue against tampering animals and a metal top to shed water off and away from the flue opening. The homeowner or resident can engage the damper by pulling a cord that reaches from the device to the fireplace opening. Once the cord is pulled, then it is closed. When it’s closed, it has an airtight seal and metal cover to prevent water and air from moving in or out.
Standard Throat Damper Comparison
Masonry chimneys have traditionally been equipped with a throat damper, which it is installed at the base of the flue. These dampers are engaged and disengaged with a handle accessible outside the masonry and are constructed from steel, stainless steel, or cast iron. They are susceptible to water damage and corrosion caused by soot and creosote buildup. When the throat damper malfunctions, it may lead to a houseful of smoke and go unnoticed until a serious hazard occurs. Even when the throat damper is engaged, there is no airtight seal and drafts and small critters and birds can get through.
For our customers looking to save money and those who want added protection against water, weather, and animals, the top mount damper is the perfect fit. There is just no other way to protect the flue from the top-down with an airtight seal. Once you install this device, you should schedule a chimney sweep at the end of burn season. You can save up to 3 times the cost of utilities when you install a top mount damper while extending the life of your chimney system. Why not make the switch? Talk to one of our chimney experts today by calling Mr. Smokestack Chimney Service. Call 919-747-1859 today!