We were having a leakage issue in our basement that was due to moisture in our chimney. The frigid Chicago weather has caused quite a havoc this winter. Lindemann was able to diagnose the problem and ... - Steve M. (Chicago, IL)
My experience with Lindemann was excellent. They came out and did what no one else could. Mine was a smoke issue. After having a fire the entire house would smell of smoke. I could have hung pork bell... - Frank F. (Mount Prospect, IL)
These guys are great! We had our chimney inspected/cleaned by Jim who was extremely knowledgeable and super nice! Definitely recommend these guys! And free wood with the chimney cleaning! Super! ... - Steve S. (Chicago, IL)
There are few things that can make the inside of the home more uncomfortable than a cold draft coming from the fireplace. What is supposed to keep the living space toasty and warm can also allow frigid, cool air to consume the area especially during the winter months. One of the most common questions our technicians at Lindemann Chimney Service field from homeowners is how to better prevent these cold drafts from plaguing their homes.
The best solution to preventing cold drafts is installing a quality chimney damper. Chimney dampers act much like a door for your chimney sealing off the area from the rest of the living space. Dampers come in different styles to accommodate different needs. A throat-mount damper is often constructed of cast iron. It is installed inside the flue often near the existing damper. A top-mount damper is another option. This type is installed at the top of the chimney. It often takes the form of a metal cap that can be opened and closed as needed.
Which damper you choose will be determined by both your budget and objectives. Throat dampers are a more economical choice but also offer less function. Top dampers can cost more to install but offer the added benefit of preventing animals and birds from taking refuge inside the flue. It can also be helpful in keeping excess rain water out of the home.
For assistance in preventing cold fireplace drafts from plaguing your home, contact the expert staff at Lindemann Chimney Service. We have helped countless customers throughout the Chicago area keep their homes comfortable and warm throughout the cooler months. We offer comprehensive chimney and fireplace services including damper installation.