Fireplace Damper Tips – Home Improvement

A roaring fire feels great on these chilly winter nights, but if you forget to close your fireplace damper the next day, it’s like having a great big hole in your roof through which the warm air escapes. The easiest solution, of course, is to remember to close the damper every time you finish using your fireplace. If you still feel air movement, then your damper likely isn’t sealing well. An inexpensive fix is to wedge a piece of plywood or foam board into the damer when you shut it, and remove it next time you burn the fireplace. Or you can place glass doors across the front of the fireplace to seal the entrance. Fireplace caps work too, but since they are mounted at the top of the flue, you still have air disappearing up your chimney shaft. There are also commercial sealing products that can be placed inside your chimney to help seal it against drafts. Whichever method you choose, make sure your fire is completely out before you close the damper and seal it. If your ashes are still warm and smoldering, you risk carbon monoxide poisoning. Have questions? Give us a call here at Blass Residential Services. We’d be glad to help you.

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