Chimneys are complex structures, and it takes time and training to learn about their various parts. Chimney professionals that are CSIA trained and certified (like the staff at Lords Chimney) know all of the ins and outs of every system they come across. That’s why hiring these certified technicians for an inspection every single year is so important! You can then rest easy, knowing you won’t come across any surprises during your next burning season.
That being said, it is wise to learn some of the more basic parts of your chimney This is so you can diagnose common issues that may eventually occur. Learn more about these parts below. Do you fear you need repairs? Call on Lords Chimney right away, so that your chimney will get fixed up right and stand strong for years to come!
There are two common types of dampers: throat dampers and top sealing dampers. In general, dampers are used to keep out some nasty elements and unwanted critters from entering your home through your chimney. They also are able to open, so that smoke and other toxins can easily escape when you go to light a fire.
Generally, top sealing dampers are more recommended for modern fireplace systems. Throat dampers can do an effective job, but often become rusted and fail to properly function. Top sealing dampers block off your chimney with a rubber seal. In addition, they are installed at the top of the flue. This is so that animals and other debris won’t be able to settle in your chimney when it’s not in use.
Chimney caps also serve a really important function. They block downdrafts, keep out animals, and help to eliminate water exposure/damage. They also prevent debris from entering and clogging up your flue. Chimney caps even keep sparks from escaping the chimney and landing on your roof or adjacent woodwork.
The best part is, they’re inexpensive and quick to install – invest in yours today!
A liner is what seals the inner lining of your chimney. Your fireplace can produce some pretty strong flames and intense heat. Unfortunately, both of which can put a lot of wear and tear on your chimney – and fast! Without a liner, mortar will melt, bricks will crack, and your entire lining will become a lot more vulnerable overall. Not to mention, flames will have easier access to the rest of your home, which puts your family at risk.
Chimney liners are completely necessary and running your fireplace without one will do a lot of harm. Not to mention, cost you a lot in damages down the line. Don’t add any more stress to your holiday seasons. Call in a professional, so you know that everything is good to go before you light up your first fire!
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