We Install Throat & Top-Mounted Dampers

Do you find that smoke pours into your home, even when you think you’ve opened the damper? Are there wafts of frigid air coming down through your chimney, even when you think you’ve closed the damper? If an inspection reveals that a broken, crooked, or rusted-in-place damper is responsible for your chimney problems, we can help.

Many fireside woes can be traced back to stuck or damaged throat dampers, which are located just above the fireplace itself. When working properly, the damper can be opened to allow smoke and byproducts of the fire to escape through the chimney system and closed to prevent outside air from coming down into the chimney and home when the fireplace is not in use. But as a component that rests in the heart of the action, the damper can really take a beating over the years. Corrosive byproducts of combustion can cause rusting, and creosote buildup can cause the damper to get stuck in the opened or closed position.

But if your throat-style damper is in need of replacement, we’ve got you covered. We install both throat-style and top-mounted dampers and can have your new damper installed in no time.

If energy-savings and added protection are at the forefront of your mind, read on to learn the differences between throat dampers and top-mounted or lock-top dampers.

Throat Dampers VS Top-Mounted Dampers – What’s The Difference?

Traditionally, we’ve relied on throat dampers to keep smoke out and conditioned air in, but today, throat-style dampers aren’t your only option. Today, you can also choose from top-mounted dampers, which are dampers that are installed at the top of the flue, as opposed to just above the fireplace. The benefits of a top-mounted damper are many, but here are the top two reasons homeowners choose top-mounted over throat style:

  • Because top-mounted dampers are located at the top of the chimney flue, when closed, they act as extra protection against water and other possible intruders. These types of dampers essentially serve two roles: that of the damper and that of the chimney cap. Throat-style dampers are installed much further down into the chimney system, and therefore, provide no real protection to the flue itself. This means, if your chimney cap ever comes loose or fails, water and animals can easily make their way in.
  • With a throat damper, you essentially have a metal-on-metal seal, which obviously isn’t airtight. With a top-mounted damper, a silicone rubber gasket closes off the chimney flue and provides airtight protection – meaning, no more cold drafts or lost conditioned air. Over time, the energy savings associated with a top-mounted or lock-top damper can pay for the new damper itself!

Choose From Two Of The Best Damper Brands In The Industry

Here at Chimney Sweep Plus, we proudly install HomeSaver Lock-Top dampers and Lyemance Energy-Saving Dampers. Both brands are known for their high-quality, long-lasting, and attractive products, which is why they’re two of the most trusted names in the damper industry. Both brands also offer an array of styles and sizes to choose from, so no matter what look you’re after or how big or small your chimney may be, we’re confident there’s a perfect fit for you.

Stress-Free Installation & Stress-Free Use

Concerned about installation and ease of use? Don’t be! When you choose to have your new damper installed, we’ll carefully measure your system and size and install your damper for a perfect fit and an airtight seal. And as far as ease of use goes – your new damper will be just as easy to use as your old throat damper was! You’ll simply reach for the mounted handle to open and close your flue – it’s that easy.

If you’re tired of fussing with your old damaged throat damper and ready to enjoy added protection, energy savings, and a better fireside experience, call Chimney Sweep Plus at 828-758-0333 today! We’ll have your new damper installed in no time. Request an appointment online here!


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