1.) Do you notice smoke billowing into your home when the fireplace is in use?
2.) Does your home smell like smoke during and after using the fireplace?
3.) Do you feel cold air coming from the fireplace when not in use?
Chances are your damper is no longer in proper working order.
Cap & Damper Combo
Having a fireplace damper that seals properly is as important as having a fireplace damper that opens entirely. From my experience the majority of damper related issues require nothing more than getting the plate back on track. However, when a fireplace damper requires repair or replacement, the most effective approach is a top mounted or top sealing damper. Through my experience and knowledge of the business a cap/damper combo is the number one choice for functionality and safety. Please avoid a top mounted or top sealing fireplace damper that does not serve as a cap, as they are a major problem waiting to occur. If left open they not only allow rain to enter the flue, but they allow animals to nest in the fireplace and most likely come into your home.
If you want the job done right, call the professionals at George the Chimney Guy today for a free estimate.